No. 1 Notre Dame Glides Past Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second time in eight days Providence played the nation's top-ranked team and was outstanding in the first quarter before falling. The Friars led 1-0 after one quarter but fell to No. 1 Notre Dame, 14-3, in Big East action at Lennon Family Field on Saturday, April 23.

The Friars fell to 3-10 overall, 0-4 in Big East action, while the Irish improved to 10-0, 5-0 in league play.

The Friars got goals from Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.), Steve Lydon (Braintree, Mass.) and Jake Nolan (Westport, Conn.). Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) added an assist for PC. Jake Goodelman took the loss in the cage, falling to 1-6 on the season.

The Irish got a hat trick from Max Pfeifer, while Zach Brenneman, Edison Parzanese, Nicholas Beattie and Colin Igoe each added two goals. David Earl, Sean Rogers and Steve Murphy also found the back of the cage. Ryan Foley added a pair of assists, while Pat Cotter, Earl and Eric Keppeler notched an assist each. John Kemp improved to 10-0 in goal, making eight saves while allowing three goals in 54:45 of action.

Barton got things started right for PC. After a mostly defensive first quarter, the rookie found the back of the cage with just over six minutes left in the frame. The Friars would hold a 1-0 lead after the first quarter. The Irish responded by rattling off seven-straight goals, including a pair by Brenneman, to open up a 7-1 lead.

Lydon halted the run with just eight seconds left, as the senior found the back of the cage in his final game at Lennon Field, to make it 7-2 at the break. Lydon has now scored a goal in six-straight games.

The Friars got the first goal of the second half, when Nolan took a pass from Barton who was behind the cage and flicked it behind is back to beat Kemp at the 13:06 mark of the third, cutting the Notre Dame lead to 7-3.

That would be as close as the Friars would get, as Notre Dame scored the last seven goals of the game for a 14-3 final margin. The contest marked the final home game for five Friar seniors: Lydon, Goodelman, Evan Helda (Charlotte, N.C.), Bertan Unal (Potomac, Md.) and Mike Feldberg (Voorhees, N.J.).

Providence wraps-up its season with a pair of Big East road games. First up is a trip to Villanova, Pa., to take on No. 11/11 Villanova. Faceoff with the Wildcats is set for 3:00 p.m. The Friars conclude the regular season on Saturday, May 7, at Rutgers.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. No. 1 Notre Dame used a season-high 14 goals en route to a 14-3 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon at the Lennon Family Field. The Fighting Irish notched seven unanswered second-quarter goals to break open the contest and another 7-0 spurt to finish the game and remain undefeated this season.

Notre Dame (10-0, 5-0) was led offensively by junior midfielder Max Pfeifer, who had a season-high three goals. Midfielder Zach Brenneman along with attackmen Nicholas Beattie, Edison Parzanese and Colin Igoe all had two goals. Sean Rogers, David Earl and Steve Murphy each had one tally for the Irish.

Providence (3-10, 0-4) scored first as Andrew Barton found the back of the net with 6:07 left in the first quarter. The Friars led 1-0 after the first period.

Notre Dame's first 7-0 run was ignited by a Brenneman goal just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Pfeifer scored less than a minute later to give the Irish the lead for good. A man-up goal from Parzanese off an assist from Ryan Foley, who had a team-high two assists on the day, gave Notre Dame a 3-1 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

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