Providence vs. Manhattan
May 1, 2004
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Manhattan, 14-9, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action on Saturday, May 1 in Providence, R.I. The game marked the season finale for both teams and Providence secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming MAAC Championship Tournament. The Friars finish the regular season with a 7-7 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the MAAC. Manhattan falls to 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the league.

Sophomore Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H.) led the Friar effort with a single-game career high of seven points on four goals and three assists. He also was credited with the assist on the eventual game-winning goal scored by junior Frank Bosco (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) with four seconds left in the third quarter. Sophomore Michael Farley (Westfield, N.J.) registered a hat trick in the win with three goals. Junior Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y.) moved into a tie for 20th-place on PC's all-time career scoring list as he tallied his second goal of the afternoon and his team leading 24th goal of the season with 9:31 left in the game off an assist from Kelly.

Also in the scoring column for Providence was Mark Bundra (one goal, one assist), Jonathan Hollister (one goal), Carlo Sunseri (one goal) and Sean Kirwan (one goal). Brendan Ryan tallied two assists, while Richard Knightly and Kevin Kornobis were credited with one assist each in the win.

Junior Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) won 15-of-23 face-off attempts (.652) as Providence finished the game 16-26 overall. Rotella also picked up a game and career-high nine groundballs. Junior goalkeeper Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the win between the pipe and made seven saves. Manhattan's Robert Busweiler made four saves for the Jaspers in the loss.

Four different Jaspers tallied two goals each in the loss. Greg Lewis and Eugene Tanner led Manhattan with three points each. Lewis tallied two goals and added one assist, while Tanner was credited with three assists. The other Jaspers to score two goals were Chris Oppito, Justin Otto and Jeremy Marrano.

Providence (7-7, 6-2 MAAC) will participate in its fourth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Tournament on May 7-9 at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. The Friars have secured the No. 3 seed in the four-team tournament and will face No. 2 seed Canisius College at 4:00 p.m. in the semifinals (Friday, May 7). Marist College claimed the MAAC Regular-Season Title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Marist will face No. 4 Manhattan in the first semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The winner of each semifinal will advance to the MAAC Championship Final at Noon on Sunday, May 9.