PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Saturday’s match up will be broadcast by Pride Productions through the Hosftra Men’s Lacrosse Athletic page. Live stats are additionally available at HofstraStats.com.
SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. HOFSTRA... Providence and Hofstra will meet for the seventh time in program history on Saturday, March 18 in Hempstead, N.Y. The Pride leads the series 5-1. Hofstra is currently ranked No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll.
In the last meeting, Providence claimed its first victory over then-No.12 Hofstra (12-7). The win marked the first time the Friars had defeated a ranked oponent since April 28, 2012 when they defeated then-No. 13 Villanova.
Returners Brendan Kearns (3) (Wantagh, N.Y.), Keenan Assaraf (2) (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Nick Preston (1) (Victoria, British Columbia), Jake Cook (1) (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), Joshua Keller (1) (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Alex George (1) (Simsbury, Conn.) each registered goals for the Friars.
FRIARS HIT THE ROAD... The Friars embark on a two-game road trip beginning with Hofstra on Saturday, March 18 and continuing with a match up against UMass Lowell on Tuesday, March 21.
FRIARS TIED FOR FOURTH IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of March 14, Providence was tied for fourth in scoring defense among all Division I lacrosse programs. The Friars defensive line has allowed 7.00 goals per game, while allowing a total of 42 goals over a six-game stint.
FRIARS IN 2017 vs. 2016... In 2017, Providence is 4-2 heading into week seven. The team has registered wins over Holy Cross (10-4), Bryant (7-6), Vermont (8-6) and High Point (17-8). The team’s two losses came against Boston University (8-7) and Sacred Heart (10-8).
In 2016, the Friars were 3-3 heading into the seventh game of the season. The team claimed victories over Holy Cross (12-8), Vermont (11-8) and Sacred Heart (11-8) and suffered losses to Boston University (9-5) and Bryant (12-10) and High Point (13-12).
BOYCE & GEORGE RANK NATIONALLY... Boyce currently ranks seventh in goals-against average (7.31) and ninth in save percentage (.592) among all NCAA Division I lacrosse goaltenders.
Alex George currently ranks eighth in face-off winning percentage among all Division I NCAA lacrosse programs. He is 51-79 at the face-off “X” on the season (.646) and has collected 32 ground balls.
HATZIPETRAKOS & KEARNS LEAD THE FRIAR ATTACK... Kearns has also recorded 22 points this season on 17 goals and five 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. On Saturday, March 4 Kearns registered two goals for the Friars against Sacred Heart. He posted two goals and one assist in the Friars dominant performance against High Point (17-8) on March 11.
Hatzipetrakos has posted 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists. He has recorded two hat tricks in the Friars’ victories over Vermont (8-6) and High Point (17-8). He has also registered tallies against Boston University (2), Holy Cross (1) and Bryant University (1).
YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 57 goals over six games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 45 of the Friars’ 57 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads Providence with 17 goals, followed by Nick Hatzipetrakos (12) (Syossett, N.Y.), Ryan Nawrocki (5) (Smithtown, N.Y.), Sean Leahey (5) (Cranford, N.J.), Joseph McHale (3) (Bernardsville, N.J.), Tim Hinrichs (1) (Amherst, N.H.), David Procopio (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Alex George (1) (Simsbury, Conn.).
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 FOUR 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.
On March 6, Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Cunningham registered one assist, collected five ground balls and caused two turnovers against Sacred Heart.
On March 13, Alex George (Simsbury, Conn.) was named to the weekly honor roll. George was 20-25 at the face-off “X”, registered one goal and collected 14 ground balls in the Friars win over High Point (17-8).
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).
SCOUTING HOFSTRA... Hofstra enters Saturday’s game 5-0 after a win over No. 7 North Carolina (11-9) on March 11. The Pride has also recorded wins over Monmouth (11-9), Princeton (10-8), NJIT (20-4) and Georgetown (11-9).
The team currently outscores opponents 63-39 and posts a 12.60 to 7.80 goals-per-game advantage overs its opponents.
The Pride are ranked No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the poll release by Inside Lacrosse.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Josh Byrne leads the Pride on 16 goals and 11 assists. He is followed by Ryan Tierney on 12 goals and seven assists. A total of 14 Hofstra players have registered goals on the season.
Goaltender Jack Concannon posts a 7.79 goals-against average and a .606 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will play a mid-week game against UMass Lowell on Tuesday, March 21 in Lowell, Mass at 7:00 p.m.
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