Back and Forth
April 2, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Lafayette men's lacrosse team stepped out-of-conference for a Saturday matchup with Providence on Saturday afternoon. Senior Greg Allis paced the Leopards with two goals, but the Friars walked away with an 8-6 victory in a back and forth game in Rhode Island.
After Providence jumped out to a 2-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Allis tallied two even-strength, unassisted goals to knot the score at two with 5:14 left in the second period.
The Friars answered with a goal at the 4:30 mark to regain a 3-2 advantage. However, the Leopards responded a face-off win from senior co-captain Cesar Munoz. Munoz ran into the Lafayette attack and found fellow co-captain Jon Marcek for his first goal of the season.
The teams traded possessions for the remainder of the opening half and went to intermission tied at three after 30 minutes of play.
Lafayette grabbed what would be its only lead of the afternoon at the 6:43 point of the third period, when senior Tom Perini's unassisted, even-strength goal gave the Leopards a 4-3 advantage.
The Lafayette defense held Providence in check for nearly the entire third quarter before a Friar goal with one second remaining on the clock, deadlocked the score at four going into the final 15 minutes.
A 2-0 Providence run over the first five minutes of the final frame gave the Friars a 6-4 lead before freshman Mike Galione took Munoz's second assist of the afternoon to cut the Leopard deficit back to one with 10:26 remaining.
Two more Friar goals this time stretched the lead to 8-5 with 7:45 left in the contest. The Leopards only answer to the late Friar run was a senior Stefan Bauer goal from Galione with 1:49 remaining in the game, as Providence walked away with an 8-6 victory.
Freshman Andrijko Andrusko made eight saves for the Leopards while Lafayette outshot the Friars 35-27, including 12-5 in the third quarter.
Providence committed 23 turnovers to Lafayette's 17.
The Leopards will travel back to Easton to prepare to continue non-conference play on Tuesday, hosting Marist at Rappolt Field. Face-off is set for 7 p.m.