Friars Rally 3 Times Before Losing Heartbreaker to Siena

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to Siena, 9-8, on Saturday, March 26, at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Friars drop to 2-5 on the season, while the Saints improve to 7-2. The Friars trailed by scores of 4-0, 6-4 and 8-6, rallying to tie each time, before Siena's Bryan Neufeld notched the game winner with just 20 seconds remaining.

Freshman Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) led the way with three points on a goal and two assists. Seniors Evan Helda (Charlotte, N.C.) and Mike Feldberg (Voorhees, N.J.) each scored a pair of goals, while classmate Jake Nolan (Westport, Conn.) added a goal an assist.

Freshmen Zachary Rogers (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and Bryan Annecchino (Darien, Conn.) each added a goal. Senior Jake Goodelman (Wantagh, N.Y.) was solid in goal for the Friars, making 10 saves while giving up nine goals in 60 minutes. He dropped to 0-1 on the season.

Siena was led by a hat trick from Neufeld, while Danny Martinsen added three points on a goal and two assists. Chris D'Alberti found the back of the cage twice for the Saints. Tom Moor improved to 7-2 in the cage, making nine saves and allowing eight goals.

The Friars struggled in the first half, going scoreless while allowing four Siena goals. PC generated just nine shots in the first two quarters. They rebounded in the second half, scoring three times in the third and five times in the fourth.

After being kept off the scoreboard in the first half, Helda got the Friars on the board in the third when he took the opening faceoff and went down to score just six seconds into the half. Showing some life, the Friars then got goals from Feldberg, Rogers and Nolan to tie the game up at 4-4 early in the fourth quarter.

The Saints responded with goals from Neufeld and John Rogener to open up a 6-4 lead, but the Friars responded again. Feldberg and Barton found the back of the cage to tie the game at 6-6.

Siena retook the momentum, with D'Alberti and Lawson opening up a 8-6 lead, before the Friars again tied the game with two goals in the final three minutes, one from Annecchino and Helda's second of the game, to tie the score at 8-8. That set the stage for Neufeld to notch the game-winner with just 20 seconds remaining.

The Friars return to action next Saturday, March 2, when they host Lafayette. Faceoff with the Leopards is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

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Bryan Neufeld picked the perfect time to score his 100th career goal. The junior attack found the back of the net with just 20 seconds remaining in tallying the winning goal as the Saints survived Providence 9-8 Saturday afternoon in Rhode Island.

Neufeld's score, his MAAC-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season, capped a furious fourth period finish in which the teams' combined to score 10 goals. Twice in the final period Siena (7-2) blew two-goal leads before ultimately prevailing for their sixth straight win.

The Saints harbored a 4-3 lead entering the final period before both teams' offenses erupted. Providence's (2-5) Jake Nolan garnered the equalizer with 13:28 remaining to bring the Friars all the way back from a 4-0 halftime deficit.

Siena would respond by taking its first of a pair of two-goal fourth period leads following scores from Neufeld and John Rogener which put the Saints on top 6-4 with 7:39 remaining. But the Friars battled back to tie things at 6-6 with a pair of goals over the next 2:28.

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