Men's Lacrosse Faces Bryant University

Feb. 16, 2017

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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... The non-conference meeting will be broadcast by Bryant University through NEC Front Row. Live stats are available through the Bryant men’s lacrosse athletic page at

SERIES BREAKDOWN - PROVIDENCE VS. BRYANT UNIVERSITY... The Friars and Bulldogs have met 10 times since 1980. Bryant leads the series, 6-4. In 2016, the Friars fell to the Bulldogs, 12-10.

In the Friars 2016 meeting with the Bulldogs, Providence led 5-1 after the first quarter. Bryant evened the score going into the fourth quarter (9-9) and pulled ahead to defeat the Friars, 12-10. Brendan Kearns (Watntagh, N.Y.) led Provdience on two goals and Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) tallied three assists.

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS ENTER 2017 SEASON... The Friars embark on the 2017 season after competing in the program’s first ever BIG EAST Tournament in 2016. In 2016, the Friars finished 7-9 overall and with 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.

THREE FRIARS EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... On Feb. 13 the BIG EAST conference released its weekly awards. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.), Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.) were named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. The three Friars played influential roles in each of the program’s two games to start the season. 

GEORGE RANKS NO. 3 IN NCAA FACE-OFF WINNING PERCENTAGE... As of Feb. 15, sophomore Alex George (Simsbury, Conn.) ranked third in face-off winning Percentage (.735) among all Division I lacrosse players, George has won 25-of-34 faceoffs on the season.

BOYCE RANKS NATIONALLY... Boyce currently ranks sixth in goals-against average (5.80) and seventh in save percentage (.636%) among all NCAA Division I lacrosse goaltenders. In the Friars’ win over Holy Cross on Feb. 11, Boyce allowed just four goals. This marked the fewest number of goals allowed by a Providence goalie since Feb. 25, 2015 in a  7-4 victory over Boston University.

KEARNS LEADS THE FRIAR ATTACK... Kearns has posted 11 points this season on seven goals and four assists. He opened the season against Boston University with five points on three goals and two assists. The sophomore lifted the Friars to their first victory of 2017 over Holy Cross on Feb. 11, with four goals and two assists. 

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 EASTon  points. Denver was followed by Villanova (21 points), Marquette (16 points), Georgetown (14 points), Providence (nine points) and St. John’s (five points). 

YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 17 goals in two games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 14 of the Friars’ 17 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads Providence with seven goals, followed by Nick Hatzipetrakos (3) (Syossett, N.Y.), Ryan Nawrocki (3) (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Joseph McHale (1) (Bernardsville, N.J.). 

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 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.

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.

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 BRYANT... The Bulldogs are 1-1 on the season, with a win over Manhattan (17-10) and a loss to Bucknell (9-8). Bryant is currently averaging12.5 goals-per game with a 34.7 shooting percentage.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Tucker James and Cam Ziegler lead the Bulldog attack with five goals each on the season.

In goal for the Bulldogs is James Werner, who has recorded a 8.23 goals-against average and a 0.556 save percentage. 

WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Providence, R.I. against the University of Vermont at 1:00 p.m.




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