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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... The non-conference meeting will be broadcast by COX Yurview (Cox 4 & 1004 HD). Providence will provide a live stream of the broadcast on their website free of charge via Friars All-Access. Live stats are available through the Providence men’s lacrosse athletic page at friars.com.
SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. VERMONT... The Friars and Catamounts have met 20 times since 1983. Vermont leads the series, 12-8. In 2016, the Friars defeated Vermont, 11-8.
Returners Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Ryan Schaffer (Plano, Texas) eached notched goals during the game.
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.
FRIARS EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL IN BACK-TO-BACK WEEKS... 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.
On Feb. 20, Kearns earned BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second-consecutive week. He posted his third multi-goal game with three goals against Bryant.
BOYCE RANKS NATIONALLY... Boyce currently ranks fifth in goals-against average (5.86) and eleventh in save percentage (.633%) among all NCAA Division I lacrosse goaltenders.
KEARNS LEADS THE FRIAR ATTACK... Kearns has posted 14 points this season on 10 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. Kearns posted his third multi-goal game with three goals in the Friars victory over Bryant on Feb. 18 (7-6).
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 on 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 24 goals over three games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 19 of the Friars’ 24 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads Providence with 10 goals, followed by Nick Hatzipetrakos (4) (Syossett, N.Y.), Ryan Nawrocki (3) (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Joseph McHale (2) (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 VERMONT... The Catamounts are 3-0 on the season, with wins over Furman (13-12), Mercer (13-12) and Holy Cross (14-8). The team posts a .488 shot percentage and has registered 40 goals on the season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Cam Milligan leads the Catamounts on eight goals and eight assists. He is followed by Ben French on 11 goals and four assists.
Vermont goaltenders Nick Washuta and Jon Kaplan have each seen action. Washuta posts a 7.87 goals-against average and a .571 save percentage. Kaplan posts a 13.06 goals-against average and a .375 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Saturday, March 4 in Providence, R.I. against the Sacred Heart at 1:00 p.m.
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