Siena vs. Providence
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Siena, 4-3, in the four overtimes during Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action on Saturday, March 29 in Loundonville, N.Y. Senior Robert Lamontagne (Pittsford, N.Y.) netted the game-winning goal for Providence off of a feed from sophomore Colin Tigh (Garden City, N.Y.) with two-seconds left on the clock in the fourth overtime session.

It marks the longest game that Providence has taken part in during the 29-year history of the men's lacrosse program. In the preseason, Siena was picked to win the MAAC, while the Friars were picked to finish second. The Friars improve to 3-5 overall with the victory, including a 3-0 record in MAAC play. Siena, who entered Saturday's game winners of three straight, drops to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the MAAC. The Saints had earned wins over #17 Loyola (5-4), Hartford (10-4) and St. John's (12-3).

The Friars took an early two-goal lead just 4:17 into the game as graduate students Bennett Murphy (Princeton, N.J.) and Mark Dillon (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored back-to-back goals at the 13:00 minute mark and the 10:43 mark of the first quarter. Murphy's goal was during a man-up situation and was assisted by junior Bobby Labadini (Westford, Mass.). Dillon's goal was assisted by sophomore Jackson Fallon (Arlington, Mass.).

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Siena Saints rallied to tie the game, 2-2, with goals from Ryan Duggan and Matt Girsh. Duggan connected off a pass from Tim Rau at the 9:48 mark, while Girsh's goal was unassisted and came with 1:06 remaining on the clock.

The Friars opened the third quarter with an unassisted goal from senior Devin McBride (Marblehead, Mass.) with 12:27 left on the clock. It proved to be the only goal of the quarter and gave the Friars a 3-2 lead.

Siena tied the game, 3-3, just 52-seconds into the fourth quarter as Bryan Hale netted an unassisted goal. Hale's goal was the only tally of the fourth quarter for either team and forced overtime. After three-straight scoreless overtimes, the Friars finally earned the victory in the fourth OT as Lamontagne netted the game-winner with two-ticks left on the clock.

Junior goalkeeper Robert Bryan (Apex, N.C.) faced 38 shots, allowed just three goals and registered 11 saves in the victory. Bryan also picked up five groundballs for PC. Siena's Brent Herbst made nine saves and recorded two groundballs.

Providence College will return to action on Saturday, April 5 against MAAC foe Mount St. Mary's at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised locally via tape delay by Cox Sports. It is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 6 at Noon