PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 11 for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
LIVE STATS AND STREAM... The non-conference meeting will be broadcast by Holy Cross via Campus Insiders. Live stats are additionally available through the Holy Cross men's lacrosse athletic page at goholycross.com.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS ENTER 2017 NON-CONFERENCE SEASON... The Friars embark on the 2017 season after competing in the programs' first ever BIG EAST Tournament in 2016. In 2016, the Friars finished 7-9 overall and a 1-5 mark in the BIG EAST, finishing in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league. The Friars were defeated in the BIG EAST semifinal by the University of Denver.
On Feb. 4, the Friars opened their 2017 campaign against Boston University in Providence, R.I. The Friars were defeated by the Terriers in double overtime, 8-7.
SERIES BREAKDOWN - PROVIDENCE VS. HOLY CROSS... The Friars and Crusaders have met 28 times since 1980. Holy Cross leads the series, 17-11-0. In 2016, the Friars defeated the Crusaders 12-8 in the inagural game at Chapey Field in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN BIG EAST POLL... The Friars were picked to finish fifth in the 2017 BIG EAST Coaches Poll, released by the league on Feb. 3. Denver was selected as the unanimous favorite in the BIG EAST points. Denver was followed by Villanova (21 points), Marquette (16 points), Georgetown (14 points), Providence (nine points) and St. John's (five points).
NEUMANN AND BOYCE NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON TEAM... It was announced by the league on Wednesday, Jan. 25 that Providence College men's lacrosse senior Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. This marks the second-consecutive year that Neumann has been named to the team.
During the 2016 season, the Friars earned four All-BIG EAST selections, which marked the most in a single season since the conference began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010. Seniors Will Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Neumann and Boyce nabbed All-BIG EAST First-Team honors.
In 2016, Neumann captained the Friars to their first BIG EAST Tournament appearance since the league began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010. He was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team announced by the league on May 3, 2016. During the 2016 season, Neumann started all 16 games and finished second on the team with 42 groundballs.
Boyce led the Friars in goal, starting each of the Friars 16 games during the 2016 campaign. He tallied 185 saves for a .526 save percentage and a 10.71 goals-against average. The goalie was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2016. Boyce finished second in the BIG EAST in saves per game with 11.56.
NEUMANN NAMED TO FACEOFF YEARBOOK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM... On Tuesday, January 10th the Face-Off Yearbook released its Preseason Division I Men's Lacrosse All-America roster. Providence College captain Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) was named to the Division I All-America Third Team.
During the 2016 season, Neumann started in each of the team's 16 games. He finished second on the team in ground balls (42) and caused 19 turnovers. Neumann was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-consecutive year. He also earned NEILA All-New England Second-Team honors. Neumann helped guide the Friars to their first-ever appearance in the BIG EAST Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship in 2016 as the No. 4 seed.
FRIARS RANK NATIONALLY IN DIVISION I MEN'S LACROSSE... As of Feb. 5, 2017, Providence is ranked second in the NCAA in clearing percentage (.947) and third in man-up offense (2 EMO goals).
YOUNG ON ATTACK... In the Friars' game against Boston University of Feb. 4, five underclassmen impacted the Friars' seven goals. Sophomore's Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syosett, N.Y.) led the Friar offense. Kearns tallied three goals and two assists. Hatzipetrakos notched two goals and one assist. Freshman Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.) registered his first collegiate goal and Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.) tallied an assist.
KEARNS LEADS THE FRIAR ATTACK... Kearns opened the season against Boston Univeristy tallying five points on three goals and two assists. In 2016, Kearns finished his freshman campaign second on the team in scoring with 40 points on 22 goals and 18 assists.
ROOKIES... The Friars welcomed 12 new members to the men's lacrosse program in the fall of 2016. Newcomer's include Dan Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.), Damon Currie (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), Troy Higgins (Summit, N.J.), Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.), Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.), Kevin McCordic (Medfield, Mass.), Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.), RJ Romeo (Wilton, Conn.), Nick Shaw (Canton, Mass.), Rob Stovel (Fergus, Ontario, Canada), Nick Tommasi (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Ryan Zimmerman (Syracuse, N.Y.).
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS... Last season, the Crusaders finished 4-11 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League. Holy Cross appeared in the Patriot League Conference Tournament for the first time in program history under Head Coach Judd Lattimore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Returner's Marc Buermann and Logan LeBlond led the Crusaders in statistics during the 2016 season. Buermann tallied 33 points on 24 goals and nine assists. LeBlond registered 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists.
Mich Urquhart was named to the 2017 Preseason Coaches' All-Preseason League Team by Face-Off Yearbook. In 2016, Urquhart led the Crusader's on 53 groundballs and caused 10 turnovers.
WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 against Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. at 1:00 p.m.
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