Providence vs. Canisius
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Canisius, 8-6, at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. and captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Regular-Season title on Saturday, April 30. It marks the second regular-season league crown all-time for the Friars, who won their first regular-season title in 2003. This year's regular-season crown marks the first time PC has won the league outright in program history. Senior Jonathan Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) paced the Friar offense with four goals. Kevin Ross led Canisius with two points on one goal and one assist.

Canisius got on the scoreboard first to take a 1-0 lead with 9:41 remaining in the opening quarter. Tom Hensel was credited with the goal, unassisted. Hollister scored his first goal of the day at the 2:49 mark, unassisted, to tie the game, 1-1. The Golden Griffins answered back with 19-seconds remaining in the quarter with an unassisted goal from Kevin Ross to take a 2-1 lead.

In the second quarter, Providence scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. Freshman Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.) got things going for the Friars at the 8:13 mark off an assist from senior Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y.). Hollister scored back-to-back, unassisted goals at 4:06 and 3:21 to give the Friars the two-goal cushion at the break.

Senior Sean Kirwan (Drexel Hill, Pa.) extended PC's lead to three goals (5-2) with a man-up tally just 34-seconds into the third quarter. Murphy was credited with the assist. Hollister then connected on his fourth goal of the game, and his 23rd of the season, at the 10:52 mark to give PC the 6-2 advantage. Canisius rallied to within one (6-5) with three-straight goals from Dan Carey (8:44), Stephen Ola (7:24) and Matt Vinc (2:22). Each of the three goals were unassisted. Sophomore Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J.) halted the Griff's run on an unassisted goal with eight-seconds left in the quarter. Ryan's goal proved to be the eventual game winner.

The Friars entered the fourth and final quarter with a 7-5 lead. Murphy put the Friars ahead 8-5 with his second goal of the afternoon at the 12:01 mark off a feed from Kirwan. Canisius answered with what proved to be the final goal of the game to make the final score, 8-6. Ben Miller earned credit for the goal off a feed from Ross.

Senior Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the victory for Providence between the pipes with seven saves. He allowed five of the Griff's six goals in 48:01 minutes of action. Sophomore Peter Littell (Upper Montclair, N.J.) played 7:22 in the cage for PC, allowed one goal and made two saves. Junior Ron Westgate (Forestdale, Mass.) also saw action between the pipes for Providence. He collected one save in 4:37 minutes of work. Angus Dineley took the loss for Canisius. He allowed all eight Friar goals and registered six saves. He was relieved by Tom Kucharczak in the fourth quarter with 5:31 remaining. Kucharczak did not register a save or allow a goal.

Providence (8-7, 7-1 MAAC) will begin play in the semifinals of the 2005 MAAC Championship Tournament on Friday, May 6. The top-seeded Friars will face No. 4 seed Marist. The winner of the Providence College vs. Marist match-up will advance to the MAAC Championship game to play the winner of the other semifinal game between No. 2 seed Mount St. Mary's and No. 3 seed Manhattan. The Championship game is slated for Sunday, May 8. All games in the 2005 MAAC Championship Men's Lacrosse Tournament will be played on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.