Third-Quarter Surge Powers Piranhas Past Blaze, 17-14
Warwick, Ri. – Hoping to capture their first win of the season, the Piranhas lacrosse team picked up a hard-fought 17-14 victory over hosts Blaze lacrosse Friday Night at Teamworks in Warwick.
The Piranhas (1-3) earned its first win over Blaze lacrosse in program history. 17 goals are also the most scored against Blaze or any other opponent in program history since the programs started playing each other in 2020.
The Piranhas were met with a 2-goal deficit to begin the first quarter but responded with 4 unanswered goals before Blaze closed the first quarter with a goal to keep the gap to 1 goal. Piranhas then scores 4 more goals while keeping the Blaze to just 3 goals and ending the half at 8-6. The Piranhas would then put a defensive clinic by holding the Blaze to 1 goal and going on to score 5 unanswered goals. Blaze had tried to fight their way back into the game from the 13-7 3rd quarter by scoring 4 goals at the beginning of the 4th quarter, but Piranhas would slow them down by scoring three more goals, leaving Blaze a tough battle of scoring 4 more goals but have it end with another goal 1 goal to end the game 17-14.
*Piranhas was led by 6 goals a piece from junior forward Shea Gonynor and sophomore forward Seamus Hartnett
*Senior attack Gio Arman tallied 3 goals and a career-high 7 assists and 10 points
*In a complete game, freshman goalie Grady Brown earned his first career victory by earning 19 saves to preserve the win
*Junior transition Keegan Rose had gone 14-22 in faceoffs while throwing up 1 goal, 2 assists, and picking up 8 loose balls
*Senior Defender Sean Cotton picked up 8 loose balls while causing 4 turnovers, along with help from freshman defender Kenneth Rondeau had 4 takeaways with 3 loose balls and junior defender Aiden LaRoche had 3 takeaways with 5 loose balls.
Piranhas Head Coach Tyrese Perez
“I can’t say how proud I am that our guys didn’t commit a penalty. It’s been something that has held us back in the past, and the development and maturity are showing now. We fully respect Blaze as an opponent and knew they were skilled. Experience was what allowed us to take the win this time. They have been griding since the tough losses at Pioneer Valley, and we have a lot of younger guys playing for us this year, and they have been keeping up great. Keegan Rose has been huge for us as a guy who can play everywhere from the draws to the offense and defensive ends of the field. Grady Brown had made huge saves to keep us in the game, especially when Blaze tried to make the push in the last quarter.
Offensively we have been in good hands settling the ball in Gio Arman’s stick, which gives guys like Shea Gonynor and Seamus Hartnett great opportunities to show their skills of putting the ball in the back of the net. Defensively we had a 7th-grade, 8th-grader, 2 freshmen, and a sophomore out together at some point, and they did their jobs.
Certainly we have to come together again this week and make the necessary adjustments to finish strong for the season, but overall I’m very happy with the strides they’re making. It’s a young team, and the seniors we do have are setting a great example."
The Piranhas will be going west for the Valentine Matchup Tournament hosted by Oaks on Sunday, February 12th.