Saint Joseph's vs. Providence
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, PA (4/13/02) - Senior Kyle Ojakian scored four goals to lead Providence College to a 17-9 win over Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon on Finnesey Field. Despite the four goals scored in the final quarter, the Hawks were unable to muster a comeback, falling to 2-8, 2-2 in MAAC conference play.

Defensive skills prevented either team from scoring in the first half and it wasn't until the eight-minute mark that senior Ed Walsh (Berwyn, PA/Archbishop Carroll) was able to blast a goal into the Friar net. Providence responded minutes later with three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead. In the second quarter, Alex Heidenberger (Chevy Chase, MD/Georgetown Prep) scored after finding an opening among the black jerseys to cut the lead by one. The Friars responded, pounding a pair of goals into the Hawk cage. The Crimson and Gray remained relentless tallying three more goals to cut the Friar lead by two, giving Providence a 7-5 lead at halftime.

Jumping out in the second half, Providence went on a scoring spree tallying six goals in the third quarter and holding SJU's offense scoreless.

The Hawks' remained aggressive in the final 15 minutes as freshman Kevin McGrann (Washington, D.C./Bishop O'Connell) netted a pair of unassisted goals. Heidenberger and Ryan Madairy (Phoenix, MD/Loyola) each chipped in a goal to aid the Hawks in a comeback but it wasn't enough as the Friars matched SJU goal for goal in the fourth quarter pushing their lead to six. The game ended in a 17-9 loss for the Hawks.

In the losing cause senior Kevin Callaghan (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) recorded a pair of goals, junior Chris Spay (Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) notched two assists while McGrann tallied one.

Senior Nick Leopard (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) recorded 15 saves for SJU while John Farley turned away 12 for the Friars. The Hawks, now 2-8, 2-2 in MAAC conference play, will face Canisius at home, Friday, April 19. It is the final home game for eight graduating seniors.