|PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team fell to the Hawks of St. Joseph's by a score of 7-6 at the Friar Lacrosse Complex on Saturday, March 31. The Friars, who were down 6-3 after three quaters of play, fought back to get within a goal at the 4:45 mark of the fourth quarter as senior Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.) scored his fourth goal of the game, but they were unable to complete the comeback.|
The Friars were down 2-0 after one quater of play, as St. Joseph got goals from Peter Slowik and Alex McColough. The Friars answered with two straight goals in the second. Murphy scored the Friars' first goal of the game at the 12:00 minute mark of the second, while playing with the man advanatge. The goal was assisted by senior Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J.). Junior Devin McBride (Marblehead, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2, when he took a pass from Murphy and shot it past St. Joseph goaltender Erik Hotaling. The Hawks answered with three seconds remaining in the half, as McClough scored his second of the game to give St. Joseph's a 3-2 lead at the half.
St. Joseph's scored two straight goals, by Steve O'Brien and Zach Charles, to jump out to a 5-2 lead in the third, but Murphy kept the Friars within striking distance as he scored at the 4:41 mark. Freshman Andrew Williamson (Sudbury, Mass.) assisted on the goal. The Hawks' Chad Dudley closed the scoring in the third quarter, as he scored to give St. Joseph's the 6-3 lead.
The Friars struck for the game's next goal, at 14:07 of the fourth, as senior Mark Bundra (Winnetka, Ill.) made it 6-4. One minute later, Murphy scored his third of the game to pull the Friars within one, but then at the 11:30 mark, SJU's Alex Lopes scored what would prove to be the game winner. Murphy, with an assist from sophomore Bobby Labadini (Westford, Mass.) added his fourth goal of the game at 4:45, but PC could not net the equalizer.
Providence (0-7, 0-3 MAAC) will return to action on Tuesday, April 3 against Denver. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television at 7:00 p.m.