Providence vs. Hartford
April 2, 2003
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team lost to Hartford, 5-4, in non-conference action on Wednesday, April 2 in Providence, R.I. The Friars led 3-0 after the completion of the first quarter, but the Hawks rallied to score five unanswered goals during the next two quarters to take the lead, while holding Providence scoreless until six seconds remaining in the game.

Senior Jon Meehan (Peabody, Mass.) scored the first two Friar goals of the game and each goal was assisted by junior Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y.) Meehan connected at 5:22 and 3:01, respectively. After Meehan's second goal, sophomore Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) won the ensuing face-off and junior Ryan Russell (Montvale, N.Y.) picked up the groundball and went directly to the cage for PC's third goal of the day at the 2:54 mark. Rotella finished the afternoon with six wins and five losses as the Friar's primary face-off man.

In the second quarter, the teams were knotted in a tough defensive battle until Hartford's Chris Sauro tallied the Hawk's first goal of the day with 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Garett Kikot was credited with the assist, and the Friars held a 3-1 lead at halftime.

In the decisive third quarter, Hartford rallied with four unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead. Sauro struck first at the 10:45 mark off an assist from B.J. LaVoie to make the score 3-2. Kikot followed with an unassisted goal with 8:42 on the clock to tie the game, 3-3. Travis Eckler scored the go-ahead goal (4-3) off an assist from Tom Fallica 35 seconds later at the 8:07 mark. Eckler scored again with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter, unassisted. Eckler's second goal was the final Hartford tally of the game, and proved to be the game-winner.

The Friars would score once more in the game to make the score 5-4 as sophomore David Krasnica (Mendham, N.J.) connected with six seconds left in regulation. Kornobis was credited with his third assist of the afternoon.

Sophomore Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded 12 saves in goal for Providence in the loss, while Rorke Greene took the win for the Hawks with 13 saves.

Providence (2-5, 2-0 MAAC) will travel to Lexington, Virginia to face VMI in MAAC action on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m.