Providence vs. Manhattan
April 16, 2003
The Game Story:
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Manhattan 7-6 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match-up on Wednesday, April 16 in Stony Brook, N.Y. The Friars rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the fourth quarter to take the win. Senior Skip Dunphy (Manhasset, N.Y.) registered the game-winning goal for Providence, unassisted, with just 12 seconds remaining in the game. The Friars improve to 5-7 overall and 5-1 in the MAAC.

Manhattan took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter as Justin Otto registered an unassisted goal at the 6:23 mark. The Jaspers scored their second goal of the day with 6:47 remaining in the second quarter as Eugene Tanner connected off of a pass from Nick Silva to make the score 2-0. Providence finally got on the scoreboard at the 6:05 mark of the second quarter as freshman Michael Farley (Westfield, N.J.) scored on a break-away opportunity assisted by sophomore Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.). The two teams went into halftime with Manhattan holding a 2-1 lead.

Manhattan scored the only goal of the third quarter as Gerard McCloskey tallied an unassisted goal at the 2:45 mark to make the score 3-1. The Jaspers then opened the fourth quarter with three-straight goals in the first 1:10 of action to take a 6-1 advantage. Tanner led the Manhattan assault in the scoring run with one goal and two assists. Otto added one goal and one assist, while Michael Kelly took credit for the remaining Jasper goal.

Facing a five-goal deficit (6-1), the Friars reeled-off six-unanswered goals to earn the 7-6 victory. Senior Jon Meehan (Peabody, Mass.) recorded the first PC goal in the comeback off of a feed from Dunphy with 9:51 remaining in the game. Junior David Krasnica (Mendham, N.J.) followed with a goal at the 8:09 mark of the session. Freshman John Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) was credited with the assist. Hollister then contributed a goal off of a pass from junior Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y.) to make the score 6-4 with 5:17 on the clock. Just 32 seconds later (4:45), Krasnica netted an unassisted goal to get the Friars within one (6-5). Sophomore Richard Knightly (Windsor, Mass.) recorded an unassisted goal to tie the game, 6-6, 30-seconds later (4:15). The two teams remained deadlocked (6-6) until Dunphy's heroics with just 12 seconds remaining to win the game, 7-6.

Sophomore Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded 12 saves in goal for Providence. McMinn improves to 5-5 overall and 5-1 versus MAAC opponents. Matt Altomare took recorded nine saves for Manhattan.

Providence (5-7, 5-1 MAAC) will face Wagner in MAAC action on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Staten Island, N.Y.