Feb. 23, 1998

Providence Athletics This Week

Senior Marie McMahon (Ennistymon, Ireland) captured the 5,000 and 3,000 meter titles at the BIG EAST Indoor Track Championship on Feb. 21-22 and led the Friars to an eighth-place finish with 51 points. With the two wins, McMahon earned the BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Track Performer honor.

Senior swimmer Shannon Najjar (Sarasota, FL) turned in a lifetime best inthe 200 Butterfly at the BIG EAST Championships last weekend. Najjar, who finished 14th overall in the event, recorded a time of 2:08.93. She also competed in the 400 Medley Relay.

Senior swimmer Kurt Yates (Cincinnati, OH) broke two school records at the BIG EAST Championship including a time of 57.84 in the 100 breaststroke and 205.31 in the 200 breaststroke. He also swam in the 200 and 400 Medley relays turning in lifetime best splits in the breaststroke leg which enabled the Friars to break school records in those events.

Tues. Feb. 24   
        Women's Basketball vs. Seton Hall   7:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 27   
        Men's Baseball at Troy State University (Blue-Gray Classic) 5:00 p.m.
        Men's Hockey vs. Merrimack  7:00 p.m.
        Women's Indoor Track at New England Championship    
        Men's Indoor Track at New England Championship
Sat., Feb. 28   
        Men's Baseball vs. Iowa (Blue-Gray Classic) 11:00 a.m.
        Women's Hockey vs. Boston College   1:00 p.m.
        Men's Basketball vs. Notre Dame 3:00 p.m.
        Men's Hockey at Merrimiack  7:00 p.m.
        Women's Basketball at BIG EAST Championship TBA
        Women's Softball at Rebel Games TBA
        Women's Indoor Track at New England Championship    
        Men's Indoor Track at New England Championship
Sun., March 1   
        Women's Hockey vs. Dartmouth    1:00 p.m.
        Men's Baseball vs. Michigan State (Blue-Gray Classic)   11:00 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 18   
        Men's Basketball vs. Miami  W 57-55
        Women's Basketball at Syracuse  L  65-80    
Fri., Feb. 20   
        Men's Hockey vs. Boston University  L 1-5   
        Women's Hockey at St. Lawrence  T 2-2   
Sat., Feb. 21   
        Men's Basketball at Pittsburgh  L  72-73    
        Men's Baseball at Davidson College  W 4-1  L 8-7 (8)    
        Men's Hockey at Boston University   L 2-3   
        Women's Hockey at Cornell   L 2-3
        Women's Basketball at Pittsburgh    L  54-70
        Men's Swimming at BIG EAST Championships    11th of 13
        Women's Swimming at BIG EAST Championships  11th of 13
Sun., Feb.  22  
        Men's Baseball at Davidson College  W  13-3 
        Women's Track at BIG EAST Champ. at Syracuse    8th of 13
        Men's Track at BIG EAST Champ. at Syracuse  13th of 13
Mon., Feb. 23   
        Men's Basketball at Connecticut L  68-77


Men's Basketball
March 4-7 at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Women's Basketball
March 1-3 at Rutgers

Men's and Women's Track
February 21-22 at Syracuse
Men's and Women's Swimming
February 18-21 at Pittsburgh

Men's Hockey
March 20-21 at FleetCenter, Boston, Mass.

Women's Hockey
March 14-15 at Northeastern

Sport-bySport Updates

MEN'S BASKETBALL (11-15, 6-11)... The Friars saw their winning streak go to three games with a 59-57 win over Miami on February 18th. JAMEL THOMAS (Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the way with 21 points and four rebounds while JUSTIN FARLEY (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.) turned in the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds. KENDRICK MOORE (Jr., Hartford, Conn.) scored just six points in the game, but they came in the last two minutes on a pair of three-pointers.

On Saturday, February 21st, the Friars saw the winning streak end at three with a heartbreaking 73-72 loss at Pittsburgh. Trailing 73-71, LLEWELLYN COLE (So., New York, N.Y.) was fouled with one second left. He made the first, but missed the second. FARLEY and THOMAS led the Friars with 19 and 18 points respectively. THOMAS with tops with seven rebounds. Freshman ERRON MAXEY (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) added 11 points and five rebounds while MOORE had nine points and a season high seven assists.

On Monday, February 23, the Friars faced the sixth-ranked Connecticut Huskies at the Hartford Civic Center. The Friars stayed close most of the game behind the scoring of THOMAS (game high 22) and FARLEY (19, 15 in first half), but it wasn't enough. The Friars were beaten badly on the boards by a 40-27 margin. UConn had 21 offensive rebounds in the game.

The Friars close out the regular season on Saturday, February 28th when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit the Providence Civic Center for a 3:00 p.m. game.

WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK... Providence College senior Marie McMahon (Ennistymon, Ireland) captured the 5,000 and 3,000 meter titles at the BIG EAST Indoor Track Championship on Feb. 21-22 and led the Friars to an eighth-place finish with 51 points. With the two wins, McMahon earned the BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Track Performer honor. McMahon, a nine-time All-American who won the 1996 NCAA Indoor 5,000 meter title, won the 5,000 at the BIG EAST in a time of 16:23.71. She captured the 3,000 on Sunday in a time of 9:24.16. For McMahon, it marked her first BIG EAST Indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meter titles. Also in the 5,000 meters, PC junior Sarah Dupre (Kingston, Ontario) placed second and earned All-BIG EAST honors. Following McMahon in the 3,000 were PC freshman Rachel Hixson of Media, Pa. (fourth, 9:41.84) and sophomore Dana Ostrander of Ballston Lake, N.Y. (fifth, 9:50.08). In the Mile, Providence senior Maria McCambridge (Dublin, Ireland) placed second in a time of 4:46.76.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (10-15, 6-11)...The Friars were 0-2 last week and have lost their last five consecutive games. The Friars received more bad news last week as an MRI showed that freshman point guard Abby Charbonneau had torn her left ACL. She will undergo surgery. Senior Kerri Chatten remains sidelined with an badly sprained ankle suffered January 3rd and freshman Monika Roberts remains day to day with two stress fractures. The Friarss lost at Syracuse, 80-65 behind the 17 point of senior Mandy Saunders. Also scoring double digits was Meghan Hinds with 13 points and Dana Simonelli with 11 points. At Pittsburgh, the Friars were led by Gombotz who tallied a team best 17 points while Hinds tallied 14 points and three steals. The Friars host Seton Hall tonight (Feb. 24) in the last regular season game. The BIG EAST seedings will be announced this evening with the Tournament beginning Saturday, February 28 at Rutgers University.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY (8-19-2, 8-10-2)... The Providence College women's hockey recorded a 0-1-1 weekend in ECAC action. The Friars tied St. Lawrence University, 2-2, on Friday, Feb. 20 in Canton, N.Y. Jessica Tabb (Springfield, Mass.) and senior co-captain Catherine Hanson (Marquette, Mich.) each scored goals in the contest. Heather Wilcox (Fairfield, Conn.) made 15 saves in the loss. The following day, the Friars were defeated by Cornell, 3-2, in Ithaca, N.Y. Katie Lachapelle (Lewiston, Maine) netted both goals for PC. Senior co-captain Pilar Christopherson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) made 14 stops in the loss.

MEN'S HOCKEY (13-15-3, 7-12-2)... The Providence College Friars were defeated twice on Feb. 20-21 by the fourth-ranked Boston University Terriers. On Feb. 20, BU defeated the Friars, 5-1, at Schneider Arena. Junior Mike Omicioli (W. Warwick, R.I.) scored the lone goal for Providence. Goaltenders junior Mark Kane (St. Albert, Alberta) and freshman Boyd Ballard (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) combined to record 21 saves for the Friars. The following night, the Friars dropped a 3-2 decision to the Terriers at BU's Walter Brown Arena. Sophomore Fernando Pisani (Edmonton, Alberta) and freshman Mike Farrell (Carmel, Ind.) each scored for PC. Ballard registered 33 stops and earned the game's No. 2 star.

MEN'S INDOOR TRACK... Providence College junior Ben Noad (Bristol, England) placed third in the 5,000 meters (14:26.63) and was the Friars' top finisher at the BIG EAST Indoor Track Championship on Feb. 21-22 at Syracuse, N.Y. PC earned 10 points and finished 13th. Junior Rick Bush (Clifton Park, N.Y.) finished seventh in the Mile in a time of 4:14.25. The Friars will return to action on Feb. 27-28 at the New England Championship at Boston University.

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SWIMMING...The men's and women's swim teams both finished in 11th place at the BIG EAST Championships last weekend in Pittsburgh, PA. Junior swimmer Jed Michnowicz (Santa Clara, CA) continued his assault on the Providence College Record Book as he slashed six school records. He broke the 100 free (45.98), the 200 Free (1:40.46), 500 free (429.11) and helped the medley relays to two new school records as well. Senior Kurt Yates (Cincinnati, OH) broke both breaststroke records in which he swam lifetime best times. The men broke eight school records throughout the weekend. On the women's side, senior Shannon Najjar (Sarasota, FL) swam her lifetime best and finished 14th overall in the butterfly. The men tallied 126 points and the women tallied 83 points overall.

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