Bob's Blog

Dec. 16, 2011

Friar Fans,

As the Fall semester comes to a close I want to wish all members of our Friar family a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. We've enjoyed many successes so far this athletic year and I am sure they will continue throughout our winter sport seasons.

The men's ice hockey team is currently in fifth place in the Hockey East, thanks to strong conference wins against nationally ranked opponents Boston University and Merrimack. Continuing this incredible run can hopefully end with the Friars hosting a Hockey East playoff game for the first time since 2003. Likewise, the women's hockey team and Head Coach Bob Deraney have had a lot of success in the first half of their season and currently are in third place in the Hockey East. On January 10 the Friars will be playing Dartmouth College inside Fenway Park as part of the 2012 Sun Life Frozen Fenway event. Participating in this event will certainly be the thrill of a lifetime for Coach Deraney and his team.

Head Coach Phil Seymore of the women's basketball team and Head Coach Ed Cooley of the men's basketball teams are beginning to close out their non-conference schedules and turn their attention to the BIG EAST portion of their schedule. Being a part of the one of the best basketball conferences in the country allows our student-athletes to play against the best possible competition while simultaneously pursuing a first-class education. I am very excited to see how well our teams will compete and fight to bring home a regular-season championship.

As you may have heard since my last blog, the BIG EAST has added five new schools to the conference for the 2013 season. SMU, Central Florida, and Houston will all be joining the BIG EAST in all sports while Boise State and San Diego State will be joining for football only. The strength of our conference is increasing and we anticipate it only improving further in the future.

Again I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. For all students at Providence College be sure to spend as much time with your family and friends as possible while you are at home over break. Recharge your batteries so when the Spring semester starts you will all be ready to cheer on the Friars!

Go Friars!


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