March 11, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's lacrosse team is set to travel to Hamden, Conn. to take on Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. Providence enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 4-0 (0-0 BIG EAST).
The Friars have opened the 2013 season with four consecutive victories. Providence has recorded wins over Wagner (17-6), Vermont (13-5), Manhattan (12-9) and Sacred Heart (12-9). The Friars' four wins mark the most single season wins by the Providence lacrosse program in a single season since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2010.
Junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) leads the Friars in scoring with 18 points on 13 goals and five assists. Wright has tallied a hat-trick in each of Providence's four victories. Behind Wright is junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) with 17 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Senior attack JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) closes out the top three Friars in scoring with 11 points on eight goals and three assists.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has won 49-of-82 (59.8 percent) face-off attempts. In addition, Shaw has collected a team high 30 ground balls.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all four games for Providence and has recorded 49 saves on the season. Connelly owns a .628 save percentage.
The Friars and Bobcats last met in Providence, R.I. on March 12, 2011, where Providence fell to Quinnipiac, 9-3. Barton notched one of the Friars' three goals in the loss.
SCOUTING QUINNIPIAC (3-0 Overall, 0-0 NEC): Quinnipiac opened its 2013 campaign with a 3-0 record.The Bobcats have recorded wins over Brown, Detroit Mercy and Vermont. Quinnipiac returns 26 players and welcomes 12 newcomers to its 2013 roster. In addition, seven of Quinnipiacs returners finished last season with double digits in the scoring column including now sophomore Michael Sagl (33), sophomore Matt Diehl (28), junior Dylan Webster (25), senior Basil Kostaras (23), senior Brendon Wilbur (20), sophomore Pat Corcoran (16) and junior Brandon Kuring (14). Sagl currently leads the Bobcats in scoring with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Webster has taken a majority of the face-offs for Quinnipiac and owns a 57.1 percent (36-of-59) win percentage. Junior goalie Gill Conners has played all 180 minutes in goal for Quinnipiac and owns a .641save percentage. The junior has recorded 41 saves and allowed 23 goals for a 7.67 goals against average.