Providence vs. Saint Joseph's
April 26, 2003
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated St. Joseph's, 9-3, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action on Saturday, April 26 in Providence, R.I. The win assured the Friars their highest finish ever in the MAAC regular-season standings, as they are tied for first place with Mount St. Mary's (Md.). PC will enter the MAAC Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Mount earns the MAAC regular-season title by virtue of a head-to-head win over the Friars on April 14, 2003.

St. Joseph's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter as Alex Heidenberger netted a goal off an assist from Keegan Wilkinson at the 9:38 mark, followed by a goal from Matt Durkin, assisted by Brian Mullan, with 6:51 on the clock. The Friars went on to score the next six goals of the game to take a 6-2 lead.

Senior David Kole (Montclair, N.J.) scored PC's first goal of the day, unassisted, with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore John Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) then connected off of an assist from junior David Krasnica (Mendham, N.J.) at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter to tie the game, 2-2.

In the second quarter, PC held the Hawks scoreless while scoring two goals of its own to make the score 4-2. Hollister attacked the goal first for his second goal of the day, unassisted, just two minutes into the quarter. Senior Jon Meehan (Peabody, Mass.) scored at the 6:11 mark of the second quarter after receiving a pass from goalkeeper Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) that covered the length of the field. McMinn was credited with the first assist of his career on the play. Providence led the game, 4-2, at halftime.

The Friars scored two more goals to start the third quarter to take a 6-2 advantage. Kole connected off an assist from Krasnica with 8:11 on the clock, followed by a goal from Krasnica with 5:54 left to play in the quarter. Krasnica's goal was assisted by Meehan. St. Joseph's halted the Friars offensive run with a goal at the 4:08 mark, which proved to be the Hawks final goal of the day. Chris Spay scored the goal off of an assist from Wilkinson. PC closed out the third quarter on a goal with 11 seconds on the clock as junior Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y.) scored off of a Krasnica assist, to make the score 7-3.

In the fourth quarter Krasnica and Meehan each scored an unassisted goal at the 5:07 and 4:24 marks, respectively. McMinn earned the win in goal with nine saves. St. Joseph's Dan Morrissey registered nine saves in the losing effort.

Providence (7-8, 7-1 MAAC) will face St. Joseph's in the MAAC Championship semifinal on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Friars are the No. 2 seed, while the Hawks enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed. Mount St. Mary's, the No. 1 seed and regular-season MAAC Champion, will face No. 4 seed Canisius in the other semifinal game at 5:00 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The winner of each semifinal game will advance to the MAAC Championship game on Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The winner of the MAAC Championship game will earn an automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament.