Providence vs. Quinnipiac
April 2, 2005
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to Quinnipiac, 12-6, in non-conference action on Saturday, April 2 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. It marked the first win of the season for the Bobcats, who improve to 1-7. The Friars fall to 2-6 overall on the year. Junior Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H.) led the Friar effort with two goals. Jason Barratt netted a hat trick and added one assist for Quinnipiac, while Mike Stottler contributed two goals and two assists. Stottler also was credited with the eventual game winner.

The Friars took a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the game as senior Jonathan Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) netted an unassisted goal. Leigh DiPace countered to tie the game, 1-1, with an unassisted goal at the 6:10 mark of the first quarter.

DiPace put the Bobcats ahead, 2-1, just 1:10 into the second quarter, unassisted. Friar sophomore Sean Nixon (Wyckoff, N.J.) tallied his first goal of the season with 12:03 on the clock to tie the game, 2-2. At that point, Quinnipiac rallied to score three-consecutive goals to take a 5-2 advantage. Barratt started the scoring attack with an unassisted goal at 11:54. Eddie Morley then connected off a feed from Stottler with 8:26 remaining in the quarter, followed by an unassisted goal from Eric Trama at 3:24. Providence's Kelly netted his first goal of the afternoon, unassisted, to get the Friars within two goals (5-3). Quinnipiac answered with the final tally of the second quarter as Barratt connected off a pass from Stottler with 1:09 left. The Bobcats took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Quinnipiac opened the third quarter with three-straight goals within the first five minutes of action to take a 9-3 lead. Stottler struck first just 54-seconds into play, unassisted. Tucker Prudden followed with an unassisted score at 12:42, then Morley netted his second of the day at 10:31. The Friars answered with three-straight goals of their own to make the score, 9-6. Senior Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y.) registered his team-leading 16th goal of the year, unassisted, at the 7:37 mark. With 5:25 on the clock, sophomore Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.) scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from freshman Robert Lamontagne (Pittsford, N.Y.). Kelly scored the Friars' third goal in the span, unassisted, at 3:33. Quinnipiac closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a goal from Josh Murray at 2:14. Murray's goal was assisted by Barratt.

In the fourth quarter, Quinnipiac held the Friars scoreless and finished out the game with two more goals to take the 12-6 victory. Stottler converted a man-up opportunity with 8:18 left to play off a Morley assist. Barratt finished the the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 5:57 mark.

Quinnipiac outshot Providence, 30-21, and held the advantage in groundballs, 30-29. The Friars won 14 of 22 face-offs. PC's Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the way with 12 wins in 18 opportunities. Rotella also picked up a game-high 10 groundballs.

James Nastro earned the win in goal for the Bobcats with nine saves. Senior Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) started the game and played 32:18 minutes. He took the Friar loss as he gave up eight of Quinnipiac's 12 goals and made just five saves. Sophomore Peter Littell (Upper Montclair, N.J.) entered the game in the third quarter and played 27:42. He allowed four goals and made six saves.

Providence (2-6, 1-1 MAAC) will return to action on Wednesday, April 6 against Fairfield. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn.