FRIARS HOST HARVARD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY… The Providence College men’s lacrosse team will host Harvard in non-conference action on Saturday, March 10 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.
TUNE IN… The Friars’ game against Harvard will be streamed live on Friars All-Access, which is available on the College’s athletic website at www.Friars.com. In addition to a live stream, live stats also will be available. Links for the stream and stats can be found on the men’s lacrosse schedule.
PROVIDENCE VS. HARVARD ALL-TIME… Providence and Harvard have met three times during the history of the two men’s lacrosse programs. The Crimson lead the all-time series, 3-0. The first meeting was in 2001, with Harvard taking an 8-4 victory in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson followed with an 11-3 victory in 2002 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I., and an 8-3 win in 2003 in Cambridge. This will be the first meeting between the two programs on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON AT HOME… Providence fell to UMass Lowell, 12-11, on Tuesday, March 6 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. The Friars entered the game, 3-0, on their home field, marking the program’s first loss at “The Chap” since last season’s BIG EAST Championship game – a 10-9 loss to Marquette on May 6.
COMEBACK FALLS SHORT… On March 6, Providence trailed UMass Lowell, 9-1, with 6:17 remaining in the second quarter. Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) closed the second quarter with back-to-back goals at 4:04 and 2:47 to make it a 9-3 game at halftime. His consecutive tallies helped spur a 10-3 scoring advantage through the final 34:04 of the game. Providence tied the game, 11-11, on Keller’s fourth goal of the game with 2:03 left in regulation. With 1:07 remaining the Friars gained possession of the ball and called a timeout. Providence turned the ball over and UMass Lowell called a timeout with 29-seconds left, setting up the game-winning goal by Austin Lane with 5-seconds on the clock. Providence won the ensuing face-off, but did not have enough time to get a shot attempt off.
KELLER RECORDS CAREER-HIGH FOUR GOALS… In the loss to UMass Lowell on March 6, senior Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) recorded a career-high four goals. His previous career high for goals in a single game was two. He entered the game with just one goal this season, and now has five on the year, which is tied for fourth on the team.
BOYCE FEATURED ON 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.
TATE BOYCE RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN SAVE PERCENTAGE… All-American goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) ranks 10th in the nation in save percentage (.571). He also ranks 11th in saves per game (11.33) and 16th in goals against average (8.40).
BOYCE RECORDS SEASON-HIGH 16 SAVES AGAINST SACRED HEART… All-American goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) recorded a season-high 16 saves against Sacred Heart on March 3, and nearly matched the total in the Friars’ most recent game against UMass Lowell on March 6, with 15 saves. In the last two games, he has combined to record 31 of his 68 saves on the season.
ONE-GOAL GAMES… Four of the Friars’ six games have been decided by one goal, including each of Providence’s three losses. Additionally, two of the three losses have been decided in overtime. Providence’s lone victory in a game decided by one goal came against Saint Joseph’s (4-3) on Feb. 24.
OVERTIME HEARTBREAK ON THE ROAD... The Friars are 0-2 on the road this season, and each loss was decided in overtime. In their first contest of 2018, the Friars fell at No. 20 Boston University, 12-11, in overtime (Feb. 3). Providence also fell to Sacred Heart in OT, 10-9, on March 3 in Fairfield, Conn.
LEAHEY LEADS THE FRIARS ON ATTACK… Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) leads Providence in scoring through six games with 16 points on 11 goals and five assists. He scored a career-high five goals for five points in Providence’s season-opener against No. 20 Boston University on Feb. 3. He has recorded at least one point in five of the Friars’ six games, including at least one goal in four games. He has recorded 3+ goals in two games: Boston University (five) and Bryant (three).
FACE-OFF GAME… The Friars enter the weekend with a 0.531 winning percentage at the face-off “X”. Alex George (Simsbury, Conn.) lead the way, having won 40-of-74 opportunities (.541). RJ Romeo (Wilton, Conn.) has seen the second-most reps at the “X” and is 10-21 (.476). In the Friars’ most recent game, the team won 18-of-27 face-offs against UMass Lowell (.667).
DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS… Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) leads the Friars with 16 points on 11 goals and five assists. Three other Friars have cracked double-digits, including Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) who ranks second on the team in scoring (13 points) and leads the Friars in goals (12), while also adding one assist. Austin Goltz (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) have recorded 11 points (8g/3a) and 10 points (5g/5a), respectively. All four players have scored at least one point in five of the Friars’ six games this season.
FRIARS HOLD SAINT JOSEPH’S TO THREE GOALS… The Friars earned a 4-3 victory over Saint Joseph’s 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.
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.
SCOUTING HARVARD… The Crimson enter Saturday’s game at Providence with a 3-1 overall record. Harvard has won two-straight games heading into the match-up vs. UMass (16-11) and Hartford (14-11). The Crimson’s lone loss came against Holy Cross in double-overtime (10-9) on Feb. 20.
PLAYERS TO WATCH… Three members of Harvard’s team have reached double digits in the points column. Morgan Cheek leads the Crimson with 18 points on six goals and a team-high 12 assists. Ryan Graff has 17 points on 10 goals and seven assists, while Kyle Anderson checks in with 15 points on a team-high 13 goals and two assists. Robert Shaw has played all 245 minutes in goal for Harvard and owns a 9.81 goals against average and a 0.560 save percentage. Steven Cuccurullo has won 45-of-82 opportunities at the face-off “X” (.549) and leads the team with 17 groudballs.
WHAT’S NEXT… Providence returns to action on Saturday, March 17 against Hofstra at 1:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. A live stream of the game will be available on Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). The match-up also will be available via commercial radio at WOON 1240 AM.
ROAD WARRIORS… Upon completion of next Saturday’s game against Hofstra, the Friars will play five of their final seven regular-season games on the road. The only remaining home games on the schedule are against St. John’s (March 31) and Denver (April 21).
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