May 9, 2010

Mercy: Providence Finishes Winless Spring

from press release

- The Providence College men's lacrosse team (0-14, 0-6 BIG EAST) was defeated by Rutgers University (6-8, 2-4 BIG EAST) in the Friars’ 2010 season finale on Sunday, May 9 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Senior defenseman Ryan Riedl (Winchester, Mass.) led PC with five ground balls and three caused turnovers in his final game in a Providence uniform. The Friar goals were scored by junior midfielder Evan Helda (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Kyle Dexter (Victoria, British Columbia).

Rutgers posted the first five scores of the game and led 5-0 at the 9:54 mark of the second half. After over nine minutes of scoreless action, the Friars got on the board, as Helda rifled a shot into the top right of the cage off a good feed from sophomore midfielder Jake Nolan (Westport, Conn.) with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Rutgers answered back six seconds later on a goal by Christopher Mattes and took a 6-1 lead into halftime.

The Scarlet Knights opened the third quarter with three goals and held a 9-1 advantage with 4:53 to go in the period. With 30 seconds to go in the third quarter, Dexter drove strongly to the goal and beat Rutgers goaltender Billy Olin to cut the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 9-2.

Rutgers posted the final three goals of the contest to complete the 12-2 victory.

Senior goaltender Frank Cicero (Venetia, Pa.) saw all 60 minutes of action in the cage for PC, making nine saves while allowing 12 goals.

Olin earned the victory for Rutgers, making six saves while allowing two goals in 50:15. Joseph Donnelly played the remaining 9:45, making one stop. The team was led offensively by Kevin Hover and Gerhard Buehning, as each student-athlete posted three points on two goals and an assist.

Prior to the contest, the Friars’ 10 seniors were honored in a ceremony for their contributions to the PC lacrosse program.

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