|PHILADELPHIA (4/10/04) – Providence opened up a 7-4 halftime advantage and controlled play in the second half to take a 13-6 victory over Saint Joseph’s in MAAC men’s lacrosse action on Saturday. SJU scored the first goals of the third and fourth quarter, but couldn’t capitalize on the momentum and drops to 4-8 overall and 3-3 in the MAAC. The Friars improve to 4-5, 3-1in the conference.
PC scored the first three goals, two by Sean Kirwan, before SJU found the back of the net late in the first quarter on a senior Matt Mueller tally. The Friars scored four unanswered early in the second stanza, with Carlos Sunseri providing two goals and an assist in the spurt. Senior Mike Pagliaro, junior Andrew Four and Mueller scored the next three goals to turn a 7-2 game into a 7-5 game, but St. Joe’s scored just one more goal on the day.
Pagliaro had two goals and an assist to lead SJU. Sunseri and Dan Giuntini each provided two goals and an assist for PC. Peter Littell and Andrew McMinn split the time in goal and made six and two saves, respectively. Junior Dan Morrissey replaced sophomore Travis McDonnell (three saves) in the cage late in the first half and made four saves.
Providence held a slim advantage in shots (25-24) and groundballs (21-20). Saint Joseph’s returns to action next Saturday at Manhattan in a key MAAC matchup.