2018 NEILA Preseason Teams
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced today, February 15, its 2018 Preseason Teams. Five members of the Providence College lacrosse program were selected to the NEILA Division 1 Preseason Teams. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) and James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario) were First Team selections. Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.), Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) were named to the Second Team.
A 2017 USILA All-America Third Team Selection, Boyce, was named to the Preseason First Team after earning NEILA First-Team All-New England honors at the conclusion of the 2017 season. He also earned Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honorable mention, All-BIG EAST First Team and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year recognition after the Friars’ historic run to the BIG EAST Championship Game in 2017.
In 2018, Boyce was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. He owns an 8.77 goals-against average and a .486 save percentage, having compiled 23 saves in two games for the Friars.
Barclay returns to the Friars defensive line in 2018 as a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection. In 2017, the defenseman posted two points on two assists, collected 36 groundballs and caused 13 turnovers. In 2018, Barclay has collected six groundballs and registered one assist in the Friars’ home-opener against Holy Cross on Feb. 10.
Kearns returns to the field in 2018 after an impressive 45-point performance in the 2017 season. He led the Friar attack with 32 goals and 13 assists. In 2018, he has registered one goal and two assists.
In his rookie campaign, Leahey finished fifth on the team in the points, with 17. The attackman recorded 16 goals and one assist. He currently ranks first on the team in points with eight. In the season-opener against Boston University, he scored five goals, and followed with three assists against Holy Cross.
Byrne, a 2018 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, returns to the Friars lineup after being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2017. He finished the season with 13 points on nine goals and four assists. He also collected 40 groundballs and caused 13 turnovers.
The Friars will face cross-state rival, Bryant University, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. The game will be broadcast by COX YurView (Ch. 4 &1004).
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