March 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team is set to host No. 4 Syracuse in its BIG EAST home opener on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The game will be played on Lennon Family Field where the Friars remain unbeaten this season. Providence enters Tuesday's match-up with an overall record of 5-1 (0-1 BIG EAST).
Providence opened its BIG EAST slate on Saturday, March 16 when the Friars traveled to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown. After tallying five consecutive wins to open their 2013 season, the Friars were defeated by the Hoyas, 16-8.
Junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) leads the Friars in scoring with 25 points on a team high 19 goals and six assists. Junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) ranks second with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists.
Providence has out-scored its opponents 75-58 and out-shot its opponents 248-192. In addition, the Friars have been successful on 102-of-119 clear attempts and have capitalized on 8-of-23 man-up opportunities.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has been dominant at the face-off "X," winning 75-of-134 face-off attempts. In addition, Shaw has collected a team high 48 ground balls.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started each of the Friars' six games. In 347:15 minutes between the pipes, Connelly has collected 63 saves and owns a .525 save percentage.
For Providence's 5-1 start to its season, the Friars received votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2013 Coaches Poll released on Monday, March 18.
SCOUTING SYRACUSE (4-1 Overall, 1-0 BIG EAST): Syracuse returns three of its leading scorers from 2012 including junior Derek Maltz (37 pts.), senior JoJo Marasco (31 pts.) and senior Luke Cometti (12 pts.). The Orange's current leading scorer is Marasco who has tallied 19 points on six goals and 13 assists. Cometti and sophomore Kevin Rice rank tied for second with 10 points each. Sophomore goalie Bobby Wardwell has logged 277:57 in goal for the Orange. Wardwell has recorded 35 saves and posts a 9.28 goals allowed average. Syracuse has been successful on 93-of-102 clear attempts and converted on 4-16 extra man opportunities.