Providence Drops Manhattan, Goes To Tourney For First Time Ever

Providence Drops Manhattan, Goes To Tourney For First Time Ever

Providence Drops Manhattan, Goes To Tourney For First Time Ever

Providence Drops Manhattan, Goes To Tourney For First Time Ever

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team defeated Manhattan, 11-6, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday, May 9. The victory marks the program's first-ever MAAC Championship title. Providence also receives the league's automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. It will be the first appearance for the Friars at the NCAA's in the program's 25-year history.

In the first quarter, Manhattan jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead as Justin Otto connected off a pass from Greg Lewis just 36-seconds into play. The Jaspers follwed with their second goal of the game just one minute and 19-seconds later to make the score, 2-0. Chris Oppito was credited with the goal off of an assist from Eugene Tanner. The Friars made their first appearance on the scoreboard at the 11:58 mark of the first quarter as junior Jonathan Hollister (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored, unassisted, to make the score 2-1. The Jaspers responded with their third goal of the afternoon with 10:13 on the clock as Lewis netted a tally that was assisted by Oppito. The Friars got back within one goal with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter as junior Dan Giuntini (Floral Park, N.Y.) netted his team-leading 26th goal of the season while PC held a two-man advantage. Giuntini's goal was assisted by senior Kevin Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y.). Giuntini tied the game, 3-3, with his 27th tally of the season at the 2:14 mark, unassisted. The Friars took their first lead of the game with 17-seconds remaining in the opening session as sophomore Michael Farley (Westfield, N.J.) connected off a feed from freshman Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J.).

In the second quarter, the Friars rattled off two-straight goals to take a 6-3 advantage. Freshman Mark Bundra (Winnetka, Ill.) tallied the first of PC's two goals at the 10:53 mark off an assist from Farley. Giuntini followed with his third goal of the game (28th of the season), unassisted with 8:20 on the clock to take a three goal lead (6-3). Manhattan scored its only goal of the second quarter with 1:11 remaining to make the score 6-4. Otto was credited with the goal, his second of the game, unassisted.

In the third quarter, PC took a 7-4 lead as sophomore Tom Kelly (Henniker, N.H.) scored his first goal of the afternoon, unassisted, at the 14:09 mark. The Jaspers rallied to score two unanswered goals in the third to close out the quarter. Brian Murray netted Manhattan's first goal in the stretch from Otto with 7:57 on the clock, followed by Lewis who scored his second goal of the day at the 3:13 mark to make the score 7-6 going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Providence pulled away with four-unanswered goals to win the game, 11-6. Farley started the scoring barrage with an unassisted goal just 51-seconds into play. Giuntini followed up with his fourth of the game (29th of the season) off an assist from Hollister at the 9:57 mark to make the score 9-6. At the 8:51 mark, senior Sean Kirwan (Drexel Hill, Pa.) netted his first tally of the day, assisted by Giuntini to give PC a 10-6 advantage. Hollister followed with his second goal of the game, unassisted, at the 7:14 mark to make the final score, 11-6.

Junior Mark Rotella (Smithtown, N.Y.) was selected the MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the tournament. He won 14-of-20 face-offs in the game. Junior Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 13 saves in goal for Providence, including five stops in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Providence College (9-7) will advance to the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament for the first time in the program's 25-year history. The NCAA Championship selection show will be televised on Monday, May 10 at 3:40 p.m. (EST) on ESPN News. During the selection show, the Friars will find out who their opponent will be in the 16-team field. PC received one of eight automatic bids to the tournament.

Aside from Rotella earning MVP honors in the Tournament, four Friars were named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. Giuntini, Farley, McMinn and senior defenseman Brian O'Rorke (Montclair, N.J.) were those who earned recognition.

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    by (#76244) on 5/09/04 @11:05PM
yea friars...way to be..when r they gunna put that westgate kid in anyways???
 
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    by (#66060) on 5/09/04 @11:40PM
friars are nasty @ lax, yo.
 
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Friars are not GOOD
    by (#76299) on 5/11/04 @12:24AM
yeah, the Friars are gonna get murdered in the first round, what an embarssement for them and it hasnt even happened yet. Boy Hopkins probably wont even play their starters. Poor Providence, shitty first round for them.
 
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    by (#66280) on 5/11/04 @12:33PM
wow someone sounds like they are upset. Are you a jasper?
 
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yep
    by (#76244) on 5/11/04 @3:12PM
yea, u definately sound like ur a jasper or some tool from canisius, weird how neither or those teams could cut it vs. pc. granted jhu is the best team in the country and pc may not be that caliber just yet, but seems to me the pc boys are at practice right now, preparing for an ncaa tounrey game, while u are simply sitting on ur @ss complaining about life, way to be nodoubt...
 
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yeah... PC, hope for a miracle
    by (#76299) on 5/12/04 @3:19PM
yeah,im not from canisius,and im not hating on PC, im just pointg out the fact that they stand no chance in the tounry, even if the were matched up against someone else. They lost to every ranked team they played this season and beat all teams worse then them. Its good for their program that tehy got in but they have alot of work ebfore they have any chance of competing against even a low ranking team.They could only rack up 3 goals agaisnt Towson and Brown and 4 goals agaisnt Penn State.
 
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    by (#75054) on 5/13/04 @11:24AM
You make a good point, nodoubt. None the less, you know what the Blue Jays are saying to the Friars anyway; "come on down!". This will be a good opportunity for JHU fans to check out some of the talent in MAAC.
 
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they put him in...
    by (#76244) on 5/15/04 @11:45PM
they finally put that westgate kid in, against jhu for that matter, and he plays like 30 min. of great ball, only 2 allowed and like wat 9 saves..not a bad outing, where has this kid been all year?? hey martin, are you serioussssssss???????
 
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