Vmi vs. Providence
March 26, 2005
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. - Two goals by Providence inside of 10 seconds to play to end the second and third quarters carried much momentum in helping to lift the Friars to an 11-9 victory over VMI in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse action held at Patchin Field earlier Saturday afternoon. The loss ends a three-game winning streak for the Keydets who drop to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC while Providence improves to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

VMI trailed 4-1 before scoring five of the game’s next seven goals to force a 6-6 tie with just 56 seconds left to play in the first half. The momentum then swung back toward the Friars when senior attackman John Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) scored unassisted with four seconds left to put Providence in front 7-6 which was the halftime score. The Friars then outscored the Keydets 3-2 in the third period, scoring the period’s final goal on an unassisted tally by junior midfielder Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H./Darien) with just seven seconds remaining.

“I thought the difference in the game was the goals that they (Providence) scored with under 10 seconds left to play in the second and third quarters,” VMI coach Doug Bartlett said. “You can’t give up goals like that.”

The Keydets were led by junior attackman Robert Trimble (Oak Hill, Va/Oakton) who had four points on a team-high three goals and one assist. Meanwhile, Providence was led by freshman midfielder Robert Lamontagne (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) and senior midfielder Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) who scored three goals apiece.

VMI took a 1-0 lead following an unassisted goal by senior attackman Leo McInerney (Syracuse, NY/Marcellus) at the 10:19 mark of the first quarter. However that would be the only lead for the Keydets on the day. Providence answered with four straight goals over the late stages of the first quarter and the early stages of the second quarter to take a 4-1 lead.

Giuntini scored unassisted to start the streak with 2:36 left in the opening period and added the next goal just over a minute later off an assist from sophomore attackman Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep). An unassisted goal by Lamontagne gave the Friars a 3-1 lead before Ryan assisted sophomore midfielder Mark Bundra (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) with 10:36 left in the second.

VMI answered Providence’s flurry by scoring the game’s next two goals which came just 37 seconds apart to pull within 4-3. Junior midfielder Tony Cavalero (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and Trimble provided the honors, each scoring unassisted goals.

Providence kept the Keydets at bay by scoring the next two goals which came a little more than one minute apart. Hollister scored unassisted with 7:21 left in the second before Lamontagne added an unassisted score at 6:08 for a 6-3 lead.

VMI then scored three straight goals to knot the score at 6-6 with just 56 seconds left in the first half. Trimble scored the first of the three unassisted with 4:56 left in the second before adding another goal off an assist from senior attackman Gabe McCaig (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) with 2:19 left in the period. Senior midfielder Erik Rohrmann (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) scored a man-up goal off an assist from freshman attackman Kevin Hill (Rockville, Centre, N.Y./South Side) to force the 6-6 tie.

The Friars extended their lead to 9-6 by scoring the first two goals of the third period. A man-up goal by junior midfielder
Mark Seyer (Kirkwood, Mo./Desmet Jesuit) off an assist from Ryan put Providence up 8-6 less than three minutes into the third quarter. Giutini then scored off an assist from Bundra for the three-goal margin.

VMI followed with two straight goals to pull within 9-8 as junior midfielder David Trimble (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) scored a man-up goal off an assist from Robert Trimble with 5:23 left in the third. McInerney followed with an unassisted goal with 1:20 left to play pulling the Keydets to within one.

Kelly’s goal for the Friars closed out the third quarter as Providence took a two-goal lead into the fourth period.

VMI raised its intensity in the final period, outshooting the Friars 12-3 while mounting several offensive opportunities.

“When you are down by two goals going into the fourth quarter and you outshoot them 12-3 you would hope that would be a game that you win,” Bartlett said. “I think overall we didn’t finish our scoring opportunities.”

Lamontagne put the Friars up 11-8 with an unassisted goal with 9:37 left to play. The Keydets’ final goal would come unassisted from Cavalero with 8:43 left to play.

The remainder of the fourth quarter would see VMI raise its’ aggressive play and seek to score quickly. The Keydets kept the ball moving in close range and got off many shots only to have some of them denied by Friar senior goalie Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon Senior H.S.) who played a strong and timely game, finishing with 13 saves.

VMI resumes play on Sunday, April 3 when they play at Wagner for a MAAC game beginning at noon.