Providence Falls to Quinnipiac, Suffers First Loss

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Providence fell to Quinnipiac, 16-9 on Saturday, March 1 at the Bryant Turf Complex located in Smithfield, R.I. The Friars move to 2-1 on the season, while Quinnipiac improves to 1-1. Senior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) paced the Friars' offense with two goals and two assists for a four point performance.

Freshman Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) opened the game with a goal at the 12:19 mark on a feed from Wright to give the Friars a 1-0 lead. Beginning at the 10:31 mark Quinnipiac tallied five consecutive goals to hold a 5-1 advantage (6:49). Wright closed the quarter with a snipe to pull within three of the Bobcats, 5-2 (1:34).

Quinnipiac paced the second quarter with six goals. They held the Friars from finding the back of the cage and carried an 11-2 advantage into the break.

The Bobcats extended their run through the duration of the third quarter where they outscored Providence, 3-0. Headed into the final 15 minutes of play, the Friars trailed Quinnipiac, 14-2.

Providence opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals from junior Robert Sheehan (Darnestown, Md.) and Fitzpatrick at the 13:59 and 13:07 mark, respectively (14-4). Quinnipiac responded with a goal from Dylan Webster, 15-4 (12:57). Providence closed the quarter on a 5-1 run led by junior Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) who tallied two goals. Junior Robert Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Wright and freshman Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) each rifled shots past the Bobcats' goalie (16-9) to find a spot on the score sheet. Providence capitalized on 4 of 8 man-up opportunities. In addition the Friars were successful in the clearing game, converting on 20 of 21 attempts.

Defensively the Friars caused 11 Bobcat turnovers with senior Zach Rogers (Rolling Hills Estates, California) and FitzMaurice collecting two caused turnovers apiece.

Senior Tyler Himes (Spring City, Pa.) started his third consecutive game in goal for the Friars. In 30 minutes of play Himes posted two saves. Junior Peter Badgley (Summit, N.J.) entered the cage at the beginning of the third quarter. In 23:06 minutes between the pipes Badgley recorded three saves. Junior transfer Max Huber (Long Grove, Ill.) played the final 6:54 in goal in his debut in a Friar uniform and tallied one save.

Providence hits the road for three consecutive games beginning on Tuesday, March 4 when the Friars travel to Fairfield, Conn. for a 4:00 p.m. match-up with Fairfield.


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