Mount Saint Mary's vs. Providence
May 3, 2002
The Game Story:
Poughkeepsie, NY - The Mount St. Mary?s College Mountaineers advanced to its third straight men?s lacrosse championship game by defeating the Friars of Providence College, 7-6 in overtime, in the second semifinal game of the 2002 MAAC Men?s Lacrosse Championship on Leonidoff Field on the campus of Marist College.

Providence?s Dan Giuntini (Floral Park) initiated the day?s scoring at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter, en route to notching a game-high five goals. Mount St. Mary?s answered with a goal by Kevin Merlini (Wyncote, PA) less than two mintues later to tie the game at one. The Friars would take a 2-1 lead to end the first quarter on Giuntini?s second goal with the assist from Kyle Ojakian (Cheshire, CT).

Providence then took a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter when Frank Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, NY) connected with Skip Dunphy (Manhasset, NY) at 13:44. Mount St. Mary?s closed out the scoring for the half as William Jautze (Setawket, NY) netted a pass from Josh Warfield (Forest Hill, MD) at 7:57 to have the Mountaineers trail by one at the half.

The Mount then notched two goals in the third quarter as Warfield and Phil Rossetti (Baltimore, MD) each scored to advance their squad?s lead to 4-3. The Friars? Giuntini then netted an unassisted goal at the 4:43 mark of the third quarter to tie the game at four apiece.

Giuntini opened the final stanza with his last two goals of the day. The Mount?s Jautze came back to register two goals of his own in the remaining three minutes, with the tying goal finding the back of the net with 17 seconds left in regulation. Jautze would go on to score the game-winning goal in overtime on an assist from Andrew Petcoff (Troy, MI) with 2:44 left in the first sudden-victory overtime

Mount St. Mary?s goalie Tom Dryer (Annapolis, MD) recorded five saves in the net for the Mountaineers, while Providence?s John Farley (West Simsbury, CT) tallied 11 saves between the pipes for the Friars.

Mount St. Mary?s will defend their title against on Manhattan College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the conference championship game, with the winner earning the league?s automatic berth to the 2002 NCAA Division I Men?s Lacrosse Championship.