posted on: Thursday April 22, 2010
John Sessions ’12 / Sports Staff
The Lacrosse Team (0-11, 0-3 Big East) dropped two games this week against Notre Dame and cross-town rival No. 18/19 Brown.On Saturday, April 17 in South Bend, Ind., the Friars dropped an 11-3 contest to the University of Notre Dame. Providence led 1-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Notre Dame capitalized on an efficient second quarter in which the Irish outscored PC 5-0 to claim the victory.Goaltender Christian Dzwilewski ’12 recorded 10 saves while allowing 11 goals in 60 minutes of action for the Friars. It marked the fourth-straight contest in which Dzwilewski has posted double-digit save totals this season. Defenseman Ryan Riedl ’10 also played well for the Friars, causing three turnovers while picking up five ground balls to anchor the PC backline. Offensively, the Friars were led by midfielder Jake Nolan ‘12, who posted two points on a goal and an assist.Both teams opened the game well defensively, as neither squad scored in the opening quarter until there were 52 seconds left on the clock. At that point, midfielder Peter Wujciak ’12 picked up a ground ball and fired a shot past Notre Dame goaltender John Kemp to give the Friars the early 1-0 lead.Notre Dame got on the board with a goal by Zach Brenneman at the 14:05 mark of the second quarter to tie the score at one. From there, the Fighting Irish scored four more times in the frame to take a 5-1 advantage into halftime.The Irish scored three more times to take an 8-1 lead before the Friars could end the streak with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Here, midfielder Colin Tigh ’10 posted a score off a good feed from Nolan to cut the Notre Dame lead to 8-2.After two more goals from the Irish (10-2), Nolan posted his second point of the game on a well-placed shot to make the score 10-3 in favor of Notre Dame with 5:45 to play in the contest. The Irish’s Ryan Foley posted the final goal of the contest to give Notre Dame the 11-3 victory.”We got off to a good start with some clutch saves by Christian [Dzwilewski] and a 0-0 first quarter,” said Head Coach Chris Burdick. “As the game wore on we had some good chances and their goalie made a phenomenal diving save on a Garrett [Kanter] shot at an open goal that really swung the momentum.”The Friars looked to swing some of this momentum their way on Tuesday, April 20, when they squared off against cross-town rival No. 18/19 Brown for Renaissance City bragging rights at the Bears’ Stevenson Field. The matchup marked the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools.