November 26, 2016
TWICE IS NICE
Providence Friar men advance to NCAA quarterfinals
OMAHA, Neb. -- Julian Gressel scored once and set up Danny Griffin for the deciding goal as Providence defeated the Creighton Bluejays, 2-1, in the third round of the NCAA Menís Championship Saturday night.
Providence (15-6-0) will meet either Syracuse or North Carolina, who meet Sunday, the second time the Friars have advanced to the quarterfinals in three seasons.
Creighton (13-7-3) took the lead on a ninth-minute Joel Rydstrand goal.
The Friars equalized as Brendan Constantine went around the defense to the right corner and fed an open Gressel, who shot past Alex Kapp to the far side of the net in the 21st minute, his 15th goal of the season and 27th career goal, tied with Eoin Lynch and Mac Steeves for second on the PC all-time list. Griffin scored his seventh goal (sixth game-winner) of the season, sending a shot off Kappís fingertips after Gressel knocked down a long ball from Liam Wilson in the 83rd minute.
The Friars won two of three meetings with Creighton in the last month. PC took a 1-0 win on a Gressel goal in Omaha Oct. 29, then lost to the Bluejays, 2-1, in the Big East Conference tournament in Providence Nov. 11, snapping an eight-game Friar winning streak. Providence has won three successive games since then.
Colin Miller (career-high nine saves) improved to 14-1 in goal.