Providence vs. Marist
April 15, 2009
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team (6-6, 5-1) defeated Marist College (4-6, 4-1) by the score of 9-7 on Wednesday, April 15 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Friars used a 5-0 run in the second and third quarters to give PC a five-goal lead that Marist could not overcome. PC now owns a key tie-breaker against Marist for MAAC Tournament seeding purposes.

Junior midfielder Jackson Fallon (Arlington, Mass.) continued his strong play of late to pace the Friars with three points on two goals and an assist. Fallon has posted six points in his last two contests.

PC scored the game's first goal at the 13:36 mark of the opening quarter on a score by Fallon off the feed from senior Danny Ryan (Chatham, N.J.). Less than a minute later, sophomore Evan Helda (Charlotte, N.C.) found the back of the net off an assist from senior Bobby Labadini (Westford, Mass.) to give Providence a 2-0 lead. The Friars completed a 3-0 run when sophomore Steve Lydon (Braintree, Mass.) found freshman Pete Wujciak (Essex Falls, N.J.) in front of the net for a score.

Marist responded quickly, scoring three goals in less than two minutes to tie the score at three with 5:56 to go in the first quarter. Bob von Hoffmann scored two of the three Marist goals during the sequence.

The Friars regained the lead at 4-3 30 seconds into the second quarter with junior Colin Tigh (Garden City, N.Y.) posting his lone goal of the day off an assist from sophomore Mike Feldberg (Voorhees, N.J.). With 7:49 to play in the half, Marist goaltender Ryan Penner temporarily left the goal and PC freshman Jake Nolan (Westport, Conn.) took advantage, rifling a shot from midfield to give the Friars the 5-3 advantage. One minute later, Danny Ryan notched a goal for the Friars and PC took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Providence extended its lead to four (7-3) on a goal by Feldberg off a pass from Fallon at the 7:37 mark of the third quarter. Labadini added a man-up goal two minutes later to complete the 5-0 run by the Friars that put the score at 8-3.

Marist came alive in the fourth quarter, using a 3-0 run in the first five minutes to pull within two at 8-6. However, the Friars held the Red Foxes scoreless over the next nine minutes and Fallon tallied an empty net goal with 46 seconds left in the game to clinch the win for PC. Marist attackman Evan Guarini notched a goal as time expired to make the final score 9-7.

After starting goaltender Robert Bryan (Apex, N.C.) allowed three goals early in the first quarter, freshman Tim Finnegan (Lowell, Mass.) played the remaining 50:56 minutes in the cage for PC to earn his first career victory. Finnegan allowed only four goals while making a career-high 10 saves for a .714 save percentage.

Ryan Penner played all 60:00 minutes in goal for the Red Foxes, making eight saves while allowing nine goals.

The Friars posted a 35-to-28 advantage in ground balls and outshot Marist 30-to-29. PC was 2-of-6 on man-up opportunities.

After today's contest, Providence remains at home for a 7:00 p.m. contest against cross-town rival Brown on Saturday, April 18 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The game is part of the lacrosse team's annual Alumni Day. The game will be preceded by the Alumni Odd/Even game at 4:00 p.m. Admission to both events is free.

Junior Ryan Riedl (Winchester, Mass.) played another solid game defensively for Providence, picking up four ground balls and causing a career-high five turnovers.