Blue Hose Take Down Friars for First Victory

CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's lacrosse team posted an 8-6 victory over Providence College at Old Bailey Stadium Saturday afternoon behind four points by Tyler Melnyk. The Blue Hose (1-1) victory gave head coach Mike Gongas his first career win.

Melnyk, a freshman, posted two goals and dished out two assists for PC. Sean Mulford notched a goal and an assist while Andrew Athens, Derek Malone, Devin Pinkston, DJ Brown and Ben Ewing all tallied scores for the home squad.

Blake Studstill picked up a team-high five ground balls while Dave Spadacene forced a game-high three turnovers. Rookie James Cupo won seven of 12 face-offs while goalkeeper Jon Athens was brilliant in the win, stopping 12 shots.

The Blue Hose roared out of the gate, scoring the first four goals of the contest. In fact, PC kept the Friars off the scoreboard until the second quarter.

With just over 10 minutes to play in the first period, Melnyk found Ewing slashing toward the goal. Melnyk's feed was perfect as Ewing blasted a shot that reached the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Malone, another freshman, pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 7:13 mark. Five minutes later, Pinkston increased PC's lead to 3-0 on a fabulous shot through two defenders.

After Mulford found Athens with 1:37 to go in the quarter, the Blue Hose found themselves ahead 4-0 at the quarter break.

The visiting Friars would not go away, though, as they netted three quick scores to pull within one with 9:52 to play in the half. PC, however, would respond as Melnyk found Mulford for a goal just past the mid-way point.

The Blue Hose held the two-goal lead until Evan Olsen converted a shot with 16 seconds before intermission. Providence quickly knotted things up just 1:13 into the second half.

The young PC squad would step up to the task of shutting down the Friars. Gongas' squad would not allow another score until the fourth stanza. Over the last 10 minutes of the third period, Brown and Melnyk each recorded scores, giving PC a 7-5 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Neither team could muster a goal in the first seven minutes of the fourth. Then, Olsen brought Providence within one, 7-6 with 7:22 remaining in the game.

Two minutes later, Melnyk put the game out of reach when he took Patrick Foy's pass and rifled a shot past Tim Finnegan for the final score of the game.

The Blue Hose return to action Tuesday against VMI. PC hosts the Keydets at 1:00 p.m.

2010-02-28



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