Providence vs. Holy Cross
April 6, 2004
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to Holy Cross, 8-7, in overtime on Tuesday, April 6 in Providence, R.I. The Crusaders took the win on an unassisted goal by Edmond Yip at the 1:33 mark of overtime as he picked up a groundball, broke free from his defender and found the back of the net one-on-one with the Friar goaltender.

Providence held a 2-1 advantage after the first quarter as Mark Seyer (Kirkwood, Mo.) connected on two of his three goals, with Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J.) assisting on the first at the 5:50 mark. Seyer's second goal was unassisted with 1:14 left in the first quarter. The Crusaders rebounded in the second quarter to score four-straight goals to take a 5-2 lead. Seyer answered for Providence as he scored his third goal of the day at the 3:12 mark of the second quarter to make the score 5-3. Paul LeBlanc pushed Holy Cross' lead to three goals (6-3) as he closed out the first half scoring with 2:37 to play.

The Friars opened the third quarter scoring three-straight goals to tie the game, 6-6. Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H.) netted the first Friar goal during the span at the 12:20 mark. Junior Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored the next two goals at 10:58 and 2:40. Hollister earned his second assist of the afternoon on Giuntini's first goal. Providence was able to hold Holy Cross scoreless in the third quarter.

Holy Cross struck first in the fourth quarter as Billy Klotz connected on a man-up opportunity with 5:33 remaining in regulation. Giuntini scored his third goal of the day to tie the game, 7-7, with 1:20 showing on the clock. Over the final 1:20, neither team was able to score and the game was pushed to overtime.

PC's Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) won the opening face-off in overtime and Roland Ostapoff (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up the groundball. After calling a timeout, the Friars had three shot attempts, all of which were wide. Holy Cross gained possession, cleared the ball and called time out with 2:25 on the clock. The Crusaders took a shot which resulted in a save by PC goalie Peter Littell (Upper Montclair, N.J.), but the Friars failed to clear the ball and turned it over to Holy Cross. During a scramble on the Crusader's offensive end, Yip picked up a groundball and scored the game winner for Holy Cross with 1:33 remaining on the clock.

Littell finished the day with 13 saves in goal for Providence. Brian Hodgdon made nine saves for Holy Cross in the victory.

Providence (3-5, 2-1 MAAC) will return to the field on Saturday, April 10 against St. Joseph's in MAAC action. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be played in Philadelphia, Pa.