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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Providence will provide a live stream of the Sacred Heart match-up 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. SACRED HEART... Providence and Sacred Heart have met six times in the program’s history. The Friars lead the series 4-2.
The Friars claimed a victory over the Pioneers in the last meeting on March 5, 2016 (11-8). Returners Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.), Ian Grey (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.), Duncan McGinnis (Menlo-Atherton, Calif.), Joseph McHale (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Ryan Schaffer (Plano, Texas) each registered goals for the Friars. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) registered 10 saves on the game.
FRIARS ON A ROLL... The Friars posted their third-consecutive win of the 2017 season with an 8-6 victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Friars previously defeated Bryant on Feb. 18 (7-6) and Holy Cross on Feb. 11 (10-4).
RECEIVING VOTES IN THE MAVERICK POLL... Inside Lacrosse Magazine released its Division I Men’s Lacrosse Maverick media poll for Week 3 of collegiate action. The Friars are currently receiving votes after an iimpressive start to the 2017 season. Providence has held each of its opponents to single-digit goals this season.
NEUMANN NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK... On Feb. 27 the BIG EAST Conference named senior defenseman Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) Defensive Player of the Week. Neumann played an influential role in the Friars’ victory over Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 25 (8-6). The Friar defender held Dawes Milchling, one of the Catamounts top offensive performer scoreless for the first time in the 2017 season. Neumann picked up one ground ball and caused one turnover on the game.
FRIARS EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR THREE STRAIGHT 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.
On Feb. 27, Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syosett, N.Y.) and Nawrocki were named to the honor roll after tallying four of the eight Friar goals against Vermont.
BOYCE RANKS NATIONALLY... Boyce currently ranks seventh in goals-against average (6.72) and tenth in save percentage (.619) among all NCAA Division I lacrosse goaltenders.
KEARNS LEADS THE FRIAR ATTACK... Kearns has posted 17 points this season on 13 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 (10-4), 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). He struck again on Feb. 25 with three goals to post an 8-6 win over Vermont.
YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 32 goals over three games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 27 of the Friars’ 32 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads Providence with 13 goals, followed by Nick Hatzipetrakos (7) (Syossett, N.Y.), Ryan Nawrocki (4) (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Joseph McHale (3) (Bernardsville, N.J.).
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).
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 SACRED HEART... The Pioneers are 3-1 on the season, with wins over Furman (9-8), Dartmouth (15-8) and Lafayette (14-10). Sacred Heart suffered its only loss to Stony Brook (12-11). Sacred Heart has tallied 49 goals over four games and averaged a 0.345 shot percentage.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Sacred Heart has three players in double-digits points. Joe Saggese leads the Pioneers with 18 points on 12 goals and six assists. Saggese is followed by Max Tuttle with 14 points and Bryce Jurk with 12.
Pioneer goaltender Brooks Dutton posts a 8.86 goals against average and a .530 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Saturday, March 11 in Providence, R.I. against High Point University at 1:00 p.m.
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