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Men's lacrosse loses last regular season game

On May 2, 2012


 The Providence men's lacrosse team hosted the Wildcats this past Saturday at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. 

The team fell 15-11 in its last regular game of the season and gave the Friars their first-ever Big East Conference win.
Villanova took the lead early on with two goals at the 11:37 and 10:34 marks from juniors Jack Rice and Will Casertano, but Providence was on the prowl during its home Senior Day game. 

The Wildcats' quick lead put up was answered with four consecutive goals by the Friars with ample time remaining in the first half. The Friars began scoring at the 8:57 mark with a goal from freshman Niall Cahill off of an assist from senior Jake Nolan. 

Seconds later, senior Andrew Bromley evened the score with the Wildcats after a goal straight from the face-off win. Providence freshman Greg FitzMaurice got the ball from sophomore Sean Wright togive the Friars their 3-2 lead. 

Junior Josh Torres extended the Friar lead over the Wildcats to two with an unassisted goal at the 3:35 mark in the first quarter.  

As the second quarter began the Friars came out in the same way they ended the first period of play, and FitzMaurice scored to make the score 5-2. After almost 16 scoreless minutes for the Wildcats, sophomore Kevin O'Neil assisted junior Max Hart to make the score 5-3. 

Providence countered this play at the 10:35 mark with a goal from Nolan to extend the Friar lead back to three. 

Villanova gained momentum as the first half wound down, and senior Kevin Cunningham led the scoring frenzy with two consecutive goals while fellow classmate Michael Vigilante followed with one goal to tie the score at six apiece by halftime.

In the second half, it was Providence that scored first as they took a one-goal lead in the third quarter. 

Villanova freshman John LoCascio scored the first goal of his career just in time for the Wildcats to even the score again. The back-and-forth scoring continued as Providence's Wright netted one to put the team up by a single goal once again. 

Junior JT Weber of Providence scored again with 6:30 on the clock, which was followed by another goal by Wright. 

With less than two minutes to play Casertano shrunk the lead to 10-8 with a point. The third quarter ended in favor of the Friars, as they netted three more goals to Villanova's one before the quarter played out.

The fourth quarter began with a two-goal deficit for Villanova. The Wildcats had two consecutive goals at the 8:13 and 7:32 marks in response to the Friars three consecutive goals, setting the tone for the last 15 minutes of play. 

A final goal from Providence's Nolan was answered with one from Hart, bringing the Wildcats within three before Providence's FitzMaurice scored what would be the final goal of the game. 

Despite Bell, Rice and Hart each scoring a goal to bring the Wildcats total to 11, the team was still outscored as the Friars netted five in the last period of play. 

The final scorers for Providence were Andrew Barton, Michael Noyes, Daniel Textor and Greg Fitzmaurice, making the final score 15-11.

Casertano, Cunningham, Rice and Hart each had two goals for Villanova while Providence was led by Wright and Nolan's three goals apiece. Providence senior goalie Christian Dzwilewsk had 14 saves to Villanova's six.

Villanova moves on from the regular season to the first round of the Big East Championship where they will face Syracuse today at Villanova Stadium. 

No. 1 Notre Dame will play No. 4 St. John's at 4:30 p.m. prior to the Syracuse-Villanova matchup at 7 p.m.

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