Men's Lacrosse In Search Of Fourth-Straight Home Victory On Chapey Field At Anderson Stadium.

March 5, 2018

Game Notes vs. UMass Lowell 3/6/18 Get Acrobat Reader

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SERIES BREAKDOWN - PROVIDENCE VS. UMASS LOWELL... The Friars lead the all-time series vs. the River Hawks, 5-4. The series between the two teams began in 1984. Last season, Providence defeated UMass Lowell, 11-4.

THREE TELEVISED REGULAR SEASON GAMES IN 2018... The Friars will be featured on television on three occasions during the season. YurView carried the Friars' intrastate match-up against Bryant on Feb. 17. The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) will broadcast the Friars' game at Marquette on April 14 on Fox Sports Go. CBS Sports Network will feature Providence in its final regular-season home contest against Denver on April 21.

PROTECTING CHAPEY FIELD... The Friars own a 3-0 record on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in 2018. At home, the Friars defeated Holy Cross on Feb. 10 (9-6), Bryant on Feb. 17 (13-8) and St. Joseph's on Feb. 24 (4-3).

2018 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST... The 2018 Tewaaraton Award Watch List was revealed on March 1. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse. Providence College goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) is one of 50 players on the watch list. The Tewaaraton Award, established in 2001, is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. The 18th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held on May 31, 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Boyce, the first player in program history to be named to the Tewaaraton Watch List, is one of the most highly decorated players in Providence College lacrosse history. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, he earned USILA Third-Team All-America honors, Inside Lacrosse Media All-America Honorable Mention, All-BIG EAST First Team and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year recognition.

FRIARS RANK FIFTH NATIONALLY IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of March 1, the Friars rank fifth nationally in scoring defense (7.25) and lead the BIG EAST Conference. In 2017, the Friars finished the season ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense.

OVERTIME HEARTBREAK ON THE ROAD... Each of the Friars' two losses on the season have occurred on the road and in overtime. In their first contest of 2018, the Friars fell to No. 20 Boston University, 12-11, in overtime. This marked the second-consecutive season that the Friars have lost to the Terriers in overtime. On March 3, the Friars fell to Sacred Heart, 10-9, in overtime.

FRIARS ON TOP IN OCEAN STATE CLASH... The Friars defeated Bryant, 13-8, on Saturday, Feb. 17. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) finished the game with 13 saves for Providence. Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) led the team in ground balls (four), while adding two goals and one assist. Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) and Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) each recorded a hat trick. Leahey also added one assist for a team-high four points.

DEFENSE WINS GAMES... The Friars earned a 4-3 victory over St. Joseph's University on Feb. 2. The three goals marked the fewest allowed by Providence since April 23, 2008, when the Friars defeated Wagner, 12-3.

FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Providence was picked to finish third in the 2018 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, with a total of 16 points. Denver was picked to win the league, having collected five first-place votes and 25 points overall. Villanova was picked to finish second, with one first-place vote and 21 points.

THREE FRIARS EARN PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SPOTS... It was announced by the league on Wednesday, Jan. 24 that Providence College men's lacrosse players James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario), Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) were named to the 2018 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Boyce and Barclay were each honored as unanimous selections.

FIVE FRIARS NAMED TO NEILA PRESEASON TEAMS... Five members of the Providence College lacrosse program were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (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.

FRIARS MAKE PROGRAM HISTORY IN 2017... The Friars embark on the 2018 season after a historic 2017 season. The Friars competed in the BIG EAST Championship game for the first time in program history, falling just short of the title in a 10-9 loss to Marquette on May 6, 2017. PC also achieved it's first-ever national ranking (as high as 20).

10 IS THE NUMBER TO BEAT... The Friars posted a 10-7 overall record (3-2 BIG EAST) in 2017, and finished third in the BIG EAST Conference standings. The Friars 10 victories are tied for the most wins in program history for a single season, and are the most wins since 2006.

BOYCE RETURNS TO NET... In 2018, Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) currently ranks sixth in nation in goals-against average (7.15) and 13th in the nation in save percentage (.561).

In 2017, Boyce ranked sixth in the nation goal-against average (8.05) and save-percentage (.569) among all Division I men's lacrosse goaltenders.

In 2017, Boyce was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also a unaninimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and earned USILA All-America honoros (Third Team) and Inside Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention recognition.

FRIARS FOR FIVE... Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) opened the 2018 season with five goals against Boston University on Feb. 2. During his freshman debut, Leahey finished fifth on the team in the points category with 17 on 16 goals and one assist.

Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) led the Friars to a 9-6 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 10 with five goals. The junior scored four in the second half to push the Friars to an early 7-4 lead in the third quarter.

McGREEN ON A ROLL... Freshman Evan McGreen (Narragansett, R.I.) registered his first collegiate tally in the Friars' 13-8 victory over Bryant on Feb. 17. McGreen finished the game with two goals and one assist. McGreen has registered goals in each of the Friars last three games, including one goal against St. Joseph's (Feb. 24) and two against Sacred Heart (March 3).

MASESSA SHINES EARLY... Freshman Zach Masessa (Montgomery, N.J.) registered his first collegiate tally in a win over Holy Cross on Feb. 10 (9-6). Masessa has appeared in two games for the Friars this season as a rookie and has recorded one goal and collected two groundballs.

FRIARS EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS... (Feb. 26) Senior defenseman Ian Grey (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Grey helped lead the Friars defensive effort against St. Joseph's to capture a 4-3 victory. Grey and the Friars allowed zero goals for the Hawks in the second half. He picked up two groundballs and caused one turnover in the win.

(Feb. 19) Junior goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Boyce finished with 12 saves in the Friars' victory over Bryant (13-8) on Feb. 17. In goal, Boyce posts a 2-1 record in 2018. He owns an 8.51 goals-against average and a .527 save percentage on the season. (Feb. 12) Zach Masessa (Montgomery, N.J.) was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Masessa registered his first collegiate tally against Holy Cross in the Friars' 9-6 victory on Saturday, Feb. 10. Masessa, made his collegiate debut Boston University on Feb. 3 and collected two groundballs.

Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) and James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario) were named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Hatzipetrakos registered six goals over two games, including five goals against the Crusaders on Feb. 10. Barclay has played an integral role on the Friars' defensive line and has posted one assist, six groundballs and caused three turnovers in two games for the Friars.

Sean Leahey AND Nick Hatzipetrakos LEAD THE OFFENSE... Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) and Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syosett, N.Y.) lead the Friars' offense this season through five games. Leahey has a team-best 16 points on 11 goals and five assists. Hatzipetrakos has compiled 11 points on 10 goals and one assist. They are the only Friars currently in double figures in points and goals to this point.

Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) led the Friars with 45 points on 32 goals and 13 assists during the 2017 season. Through five games in 2018, Kearns has tallied seven points on three goals and four assists.

FRIARS LOOK TO WIN THE `X'... This season, Alex George (Simbury, Conn.) and RJ Romeo (Wilton, Conn.) have seen action from the face-off "X". George posts has seen the majority of opportunities, having won 38-of-70 faceoffs. Romeo has won 7-of-15 opportunities at the face-off "X". Zach Masessa (Montgomery, N.J.) has the third-most face-off opportunities this season (3-11).

ROOKIES... The Friars welcomed 11 new members to the men's lacrosse program in the fall of 2017. Newcomer's include Alex Borg (Tenafly, N.J.), Toby Burgdorf (Westfield, N.J.), Dinio Cijuste (Maplewood, N.J.), Taylor Dankenbring (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Emmett Jennings (Fair Haven, N.J.), Matt Leader (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), Owen Martinson (Milton, Mass.), Zach Masessa (Montogomery, N.J.), Evan McGreen (Narragansett, R.I.), Dylan O'Donnell (Coventry, R.I.), and Ryan Poole (Huntington, N.Y.).

SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL... The River Hawks enter Tuesday afternoon's match up 1-3 on the season. Lowell captured its lone victory of the season in the season opener against Quinnipiac on Feb. 11 (13-12). The team has suffered losses to Harvard (10-9), Siena (14-13) and Monmouth (9-8).

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Sean Tyrrell leads the River Hawks with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. Two other River Hawks have registered double-digits in the points category this season, including Austin Lane (11 points) and Jon Phillips (10 points).

WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. against Harvard University.



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