LIVE STATS AND STREAM... The game will be broadcast by Boston University Athletics through their Watch Stadium platform, which is available on the Boston University men’s lacrosse athletic page at www.goterriers.com. Live stats also are available through the Boston University men’s lacrosse athletic page.
SERIES BREAKDOWN - PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY.. The Friars and Terriers have met six times since 1980. Providence leads the series 4-2.
In 2017, the Friars lost, 8-7 (2OT), to the Terriers. Returners Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) (3), Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) (2) and Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.) (1) each notched at least one goal on the game.
INSIDE LACROSSE POLL... As of Jan. 30, the Friars are currently receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse poll and the Terriers have nabbed the No. 20 slot.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS ENTER 2017 NON-CONFERENCE SEASON... The Friars are looking to return to action in 2018 ready to build on the successes of the 2017 season. The team returns 39 players and has added 11 new faces to the program.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN BIG EAST POLL... Providence was picked to finish third in the 2018 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll with a total of 16 points. Denver was picked to win the league, having collected five first-place votes and 25 points overall. Villanova was picked to finish second, with one first-place vote and 21 points.
THREE FRIARS EARN PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SPOTS... It was announced by the league on Wednesday, Jan. 24 that Providence College men’s lacrosse players James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario), Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) were named to the 2018 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Boyce and Barclay were each honored as unanimous selections.
FRIARS MAKE PROGRAM HISTORY IN 2017... The Friars embark on the 2018 season after a historic 2017 season. The Friars competed in the BIG EAST Championship game for the first time in program history, falling just short of the title in a 10-9 loss to Marquette on May 6, 2017. PC also achieved it’s first-ever national ranking (as high as 20).
10 IS THE NUMBER TO BEAT... The Friars posted a 10-7 record and a 3-2 mark in BIG EAST play and finished third in the BIG EAST Conference final standings. The Friars 10 victories are tied for the most wins in program history for a single season, and are the most wins since 2006.
SCORING DEFENSE RANKED NATIONALLY IN 2017... Providence concluded the 2017 season ranked No. 9 in scoring defense (8.35) among all Division I men’s lacrosse programs.
BOYCE RETURNS TO NET... In 2017, Boyce ranked sixth in the nation goal-against average (8.05) and save-percentage (.569) among all Division I men’s lacrosse goaltenders.
In 2017, Boyce was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also a unaninimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and earned USILA All-America honoros (Third Team) and Inside Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
KEARNS HOT ON THE ATTACK... With 45 points during the 2017 season on 32 goals and 13 assists, Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads the Friar attack heading into the 2018 season.
FRIARS LOOK TO WIN THE ‘X’... Face-off specialist Colin Keating (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted a .591 winning percentage at the face-off “X” (88-149) in 2017.
ROOKIES... The Friars welcomed 11 new members to the men’s lacrosse program in the fall of 2017. Newcomer’s include Alex Borg (Tenafly, N.J.), Toby Burgdorf (Westfield, N.J.), Dinio Cijuste (Maplewood, N.J.), Taylor Dankenbring (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Emmett Jennings (Fair Haven, N.J.), Matt Leader (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), Owen Martinson (Milton, Mass.), Zach Masessa (Montogomery, N.J.), Evan McGreen (Narragansett, R.I.), Dylan O’Donnell (Coventry, R.I.), and Ryan Poole (Huntington, N.Y.).
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY... The Terriers open the 2018 season against the Friars for the second-consecutive season. In 2017, Boston University finished the year ranked No. 24 in the nation and compiled 12 wins on the season.
Boston University was ranked 19th in the 2018 Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook Poll. The team is slated to face six top-25 team’s during the season, including No. 2 Duke, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Loyola, No. 16 Army and No. 17 Air Force.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Cal Dearth, the 2017 point-leader for the Terriers, returns to the lineup after finishing last season with 57 points on 38 goals and 19 assists. Jack Wilson trailed Dearth by 10 points and finished second on the team with 47 points on 29 goals and 18 assists.
Incoming freshmen Chris Gray and Malcolm Glendinning were named to the 2018 Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 Freshmen Rankings. Gray earned a spot at No. 11 and Glendinning was picked at No. 90.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will welcome Holy Cross to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium for the 2018 home opener on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m.
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