|PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Marist, 7-3, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play on Wednesday, April 20 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars and Red Foxes were chosen as the favorites to win the MAAC in the preseason coaches' poll. Senior Jonathan Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) paced the Providence offense with four goals and one assist. Three of Hollister's four goals came in the fourth quarter to help the Friars pull away with the four-goal victory.|
Providence took a 1-0 lead with 7:25 left to play in the first quarter as freshman Robert Lamontagne (Pittsford, N.Y.) netted a man-up goal off a feed from Hollister. Marist countered with two-straight goals to begin the second quarter and took a 2-1 lead. Bill Duerr connected off a pass from Tim Iuculano at the 13:14 mark. Patrick Van Horne followed with an unassisted tally at 12:01. Providence senior Sean Kirwan (Drexel Hill, Pa.) answered with his first goal of the game at the 6:58 mark to tie the score, 2-2, going into halftime. Kirwan's goal was assisted by sophomore Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.).
Kirwan tallied his second goal of the game with 7:58 on the clock in the third quarter to put the Friars ahead, 3-2. From that point, Providence would not relinquish the lead. Hollister went on to score PC's final four goals - all of which were unassisted. He gave Providence a 4-2 lead with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter, and then opened the scoring in the fourth quarter at the 12:08 mark to give PC a 5-2 advantage. Iuculano score Marist final goal of the afternoon with 10:24 to play to get his Red Foxes within two goals (5-3), but Hollister finished off the game with two-straight goals at 2:58 and 2:32.
Senior goalkeeper Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded eight saves in the win for PC, including four in the fourth quarter. Stephen Gravino recorded 10 saves in net for Marist. The Friars held the advantage in shots (29-22) and groundballs (32-28). Senior face-off specialist Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) won seven of 12 face-off opportunities in the game for PC.
Providence (5-7, 4-1 MAAC) will return to action on Saturday, April 23 against MAAC opponent Wagner. The game will be played in Staten Island, N.Y. at 1:00 p.m.