Providence vs. Manhattan
March 15, 2008
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team opened the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schedule with a 12-4 victory over Manhattan on Saturday, March 15 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. Graduate student Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.) led the Friar offense with four goals. For Manhattan, Brian Wynne tallied two of the Jaspers four goals.

The Friars opened the game with back-to-back, unassisted goals from senior Robert Lamontagne (Pittsford, N.Y.) at the 10:34 and 5:56 marks. Manhattan answered with a goal from Will Coursen with 1:42 left in the quarter to make the score 2-1. Providence blanked the Jaspers, 3-0, in the second quarter to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. Murphy scored his first of the day off a feed from graduate student Mark Dillon (Gaithersburg, Md.) with 4:26 on the clock. He followed with an unassisted, man-up goal at the 2:48 mark. Dillon scored the Friar's third goal of the quarter with 1:07 left on the clock off a feed from sophomore Jackson Fallon (Arlington, Mass.).

Manhattan started the third quarter with a goal 50-seconds into the action as Angelo Marrano found the back of the cage, unassisted, to make the score, 5-2. Murphy netted his third goal of the afternoon with 8:29 showing on the clock. The tally was assisted by Fallon and gave the Friars a 6-2 advantage. The Jaspers responded with back-to-back goals at 5:54 and 5:00. Both goals were scored by Wynne and were unassisted and got the Jaspers within two goals (6-4). It proved to be the final goals of the afternoon for Manhattan, as the Friars went on to score six unanswered goals to finish out the game, including five in the fourth quarter. Fallon ended the third quarter with a man-up goal, assisted by Dillon with 1:47 on the clock. Providence went into the final quarter with a 7-4 lead.

Fallon also got things going in the fourth quarter as he found the back of the cage at the 11:01 mark, unassisted. Lamontagne rejoined the scoring attack for his third of the afternoon at 9:44. With 4:22 to play, sophomore Colin Tigh (Garden City, N.Y.) netted an unassisted goal to make the score 10-4. Murphy followed with his fourth goal of the afternoon off a feed from junior Bobby Labadini (Westford, Mass.) at the 3:35 mark. Murphy's goal came during a man-up opportunity. Dillon finished off the day with his second goal of the game at the 2:19 mark, unassisted.

Junior Robert Bryan (Apex, N.C.) took the victory in between the pipes for Providence. In 40:00 minutes of action, he registered one save and allowed four goals. He was relieved by sophomore Frank Cicero (Venetia, Pa.), who played 20 minutes and made one save. Manhattan's John Geagan played all 60 minutes in the cage, allowed 12 goals and recorded nine saves.

The Friars dominated the face-off "X" in the game, winning 16 of their 20 opportunities. Graduate student Thomas Wenskus (East Islip, N.Y.) led the way for PC at the "X" and finished the game 11-of-13. Junior Joe Watkins (Ocala, Fla.) also contributed on face offs and was 5-of-6 in the game. Providence outshot Manhattan, 37-21, and held a 33-22 advantage in groundballs. PC also converted 3-of-5 man-up opportunities on the afternoon and held Manhattan scoreless in its three attempts.

Providence College will return to action on Saturday, March 22 against MAAC foe VMI. The game will be played at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. Opening face-off is slated for Noon.