The Providence Friars (3-1) came into Sweeney Field to do battle with the surging St.Joseph’s Hawks (3-1) who were riding a high after their upset of #20 Delaware earlier in the week.
Face-off specialist, Zach Cole was on top of his game and came away with all six faceoffs in the first stanza. His success boosted the Hawks to a 3-0 lead with goals from Redshirt, Levi Anderson (3g,1a), Liam Hare (1g) and Freshman phenom, Matt Bohmer (4g,1a) and with just 7:18 played, the Hawks were soaring.
Providence got their bearings and Matt Grillo (1g) and Dan Axelson (3g) closed the first quarter with the Hawks up, 3-2.
Bohmer netted a pair with another goal from Levi Anderson to boost the St. Joe’s advantage to 6-2. Following the script from the first quarter, the Friars struck back with a pair, Axelson and John Hoffman (2g) did the honors and the teams went to halftime with the home team leading 6-4.
Austin Strazzula (1g) and Hoffman exchanged goals before Bohmer and Anderson went back to work. Brian Nawrocki (2g,1a) hammered home a man-advantage tally to take things to the final quarter with St.Joe’s holding a three-goal edge at 9-6. Providence kept working and was rewarded when Axelson buried another man-advantage goal followed by a second from Nawrocki to get it to nervous time, 9-8.
With just :08 remaining, Evan Campbell (1g) supplied the 10th and final Hawks goal. Dis and Dat: Sophomore, Zach Cole was a standout for St.Joe’s. An unworldly 19 of 22 from the “X” and garnering 16 loose balls. Shots on Goal favored the Hawks, 21-16 as did loose balls, 31-22. The man up saw Providence go 2 of 3 while the Hawks had a goose egg at 0-2. St. Joe’s netminder, Mike Adler continues to shine and turned aside 8 shots.
Quotes Courtesy of St. Joseph’s University
Zach was once again one of the most dominant players on the field,” “He continues to give us a possession advantage that allows our offense to get into the grove. He makes it very hard for the other team to get anything going.”said head coach Taylor Wray following the game.
“I thought our defense did a good job defending what is a really tough Providence offense. Their first line midfielders are as good as gold, as we have seen, and I think we did a good job of limiting their productivity today.”Concerning his defense corps, Coach Wray had this to say.