The Friars’ 2016-17 roster features 12 freshman as the program embarks on its fall non-traditional season.
Musci spent the previous four seasons at Lafayette College.
Francis spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Binghamton University.
The senior class combined to score nine points in the effort.
Will Mazzone paced the effort with four points on three goals and one assist.
Chris Gabrielli became the eighth head coach of the Providence College men’s lacrosse program on June 21, 2012 and is embarking on his fourth season with the team.
Last season marked multiple firsts for the program. Gabrielli coached Peter Badgley ‘15 to BIG EAST Goaltender of the Year and All-BIG EAST First Team honors. It marked the first time in program history that a Friar had been named BIG EAST Goaltender of the Year. Additionally, Jarrod Neumann ’17 joined Badgley on the All-BIG EAST First-Team. The duo made history, again, as the first players in the program to earn All-BIG EAST First-Team honors. To top off the season, Gabrielli helped mentor Badgley and Greg FitzMaurice ’15 to a USILA/LaxWorld North-South Senior All-Star Game selection, marking the fifth and sixth lacrosse players all-time from Providence College to be selected for the All-Star game.
Over the past three seasons, Gabrielli also has mentored one student-athlete to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (2015), one student-athlete to the All-New England Second Team (2015), one student-athlete to the All-BIG EAST Second Team (2013) and one student-athlete to the All-New England First Team (2013). Following the 2013 season, Gabrielli was named New England Coach of the Year. Additionally, Grabrielli has coached 60 BIG EAST All-Academic honorees.
Gabrielli came to Providence College after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University, where he worked primarily with the Blue Devils’ defensive unit. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, under the direction of current Duke Head Coach John Danowski.
While at Duke, Gabrielli helped guide the program to six NCAA Final Four appearances (2007-12) and two trips to the National Championship game (2007, 2010). The Blue Devils went on to win the National Championship in 2010. Duke also captured five ACC regular-season titles (2007-09, 2011-12) and four ACC Tournament titles (2007-09, 2012).
Under the watchful eye of Gabrielli, Duke’s defense consistently ranked among the best nationally. Annually one of the stingiest defenses in Division I lacrosse, Duke was among the top 10 in scoring defense in 2007 and 2008 and has been among the top 25 every year under Gabrielli. In the 2010 NCAA finals, the Blue Devils held Notre Dame to just five goals in their 6-5 overtime victory, tying for the second fewest goals allowed in a NCAA championship game.
During his six seasons with the Blue Devils, Gabrielli mentored seven players to 11 All-America awards. Some of these players include Nick O’Hara, a first-team All-America choice and the 2008 William F. Schmeisser Award recipient as the national defenseman of the year, 2012 ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-American CJ Costabile and 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year and two-time All-America selection Michael Manley. Four of Gabrielli’s former student-athletes currently suit up for Major League Lacrosse squads, including Manley who was picked third overall in this year’s MLL draft.
Gabrielli spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Butler where he served as the recruiting coordinator, while working primarily with the defense. Under his mentorship, three Butler defensemen earned All-GWLL honors.
Gabrielli was a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, Massachusetts, from 2003-05, helping the Minutemen to a 33-13 overall record with two NCAA quarterfinal berths.
Gabrielli was a member of the practice squad for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse during the 2004 season before being drafted again by the Cannons in the 2005 Supplemental Draft. In 2004, he co-founded the Mid-Summer Classic, a high school lacrosse tournament currently held on the UMass campus.
A four-year letter winner as a defenseman at Massachusetts, Gabrielli picked up 127 ground balls and added five assists in his career. As a senior in 2001, he captained the Minutemen to a 12-2 overall record and a share of the ECAC Championship, while earning Second-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-New England honors. A two-time winner of the Eric Sopracasa “Heart and Soul Award,” an honor presented annually to the UMass player who displays the most leadership and dedication to the program, Gabrielli went on to play in the 2001 North-South All-Star game and the MLL Major League Challenge.
A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Gabrielli graduated from Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in sport management. He and his wife, Candice, have two daughters, Grace and Emma.
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