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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Sunday’s match up will be broadcast free of charge via Friars All-Access. Live stats are available through the Providence men’s lacrosse athletic page at friars.com.
SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. DREXEL... Providence and Drexel will meet for the second time in program history on Sunday, March 26 in Providence, R.I. Drexel leads the series, 1-0.
The last time the two teams met was in 1999. The Dragons defeated the Friars 14-10 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RANK FIFTH IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of March 23, Providence was ranked fifth in scoring defense among all Division I lacrosse programs. The Friars’ defensive line has allowed 7.13 goals per game for the first eight games of the season.
FRIARS IN 2017 vs. 2016... In 2017, Providence is 5-3 on the season. The team has registered wins over Holy Cross (10-4), Bryant (7-6), Vermont (8-6), High Point (17-8) and UMass Lowell. The team’s three losses came against Boston University (8-7), Sacred Heart (10-8) and No. 11 Hofstra (11-10). Two of the Friars’ three losses have been decided by one gaol. The three losses combined were decided by a total of four goals.
In 2016, the Friars were 5-3 heading into the ninth game of the season. The team claimed victories over Holy Cross (12-8), Vermont (11-8), Sacred Heart (11-8), Hofstra (12-7) and UMass Lowell (15-11) and suffered losses to Boston University (9-5), Bryant (12-10) and High Point (13-12).
FRIARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...Two of the Friars’ three losses have come against teams who are nationally-ranked. Providence fell to Boston University, 8-7, and Hofstra, 11-10. Additionally, each of the PC’s three losses were decided by a combined total of four goals.
BOYCE & GEORGE RANK NATIONALLY... Boyce is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in goals-against average (7.16) and No. 8 in save percentage (.592).
Alex George currently ranks No. 10 in face-off winning percentage among all Division I NCAA lacrosse programs. He is 51-83 at the face-off “X” on the season (.614) and has collected 32 ground balls.
HATZIPETRAKOS & KEARNS LEAD THE FRIAR ATTACK... Hatzipetrakos leads the Friar attack with 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. He has recorded three hat tricks in the Friars’ victories over Vermont (8-6) High Point (17-8) and UMass Lowell (11-4). He has also registered tallies against Hofstra University (2), Boston University (2), Holy Cross (1) and Bryant University (1). He has recorded five multi-goal games overall.
Kearns has recorded 24 points this season on 18 goals and six 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. The sophomore most recently tallied one goal in the Friars loss to Hofstra (11-10) on March 18. He has recorded seven multi-goal games overall.
YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 78 goals over six games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 57 of the Friars’ 78 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads Providence with 18 goals, followed by Nick Hatzipetrakos (17) (Syossett, N.Y.), Sean Leahey (8) (Cranford, N.J.), Ryan Nawrocki (5) (Smithtown, N.Y.), Joseph McHale (4) (Bernardsville, N.J.), Tim Hinrichs (1) (Amherst, N.H.), David Procopio (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.), Alex George (1) (Simsbury, Conn.), Damon Currie (1) (Guelph, Ontario) and Ryan Zimmerman (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.).
KEATING & NEUMANN EARN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS... On March 20, the BIG EAST Conference named sophomore face off specialist Colin Keating (Ridgewood, N.J.) Defensive Player of the Week. Keating was 12-15 from the face-off “X” and collected six ground balls against No. 11 Hofstra University on March 18. He played an important role in the Friars’ second half comeback effort where the Friars were narrowly edged by the Pride, 11-10.
On Feb. 27 senior defenseman Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) was named 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).
NEUMANN NAMED TO FACEOFF YEARBOOK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM... On Tuesday, January 10th the Face-Off Yearbook released its Preseason Division I Men’s Lacrosse All-America roster. Providence College captain Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) was named to the Division I All-America Third Team.
During the 2016 season, Neumann started in each of the team’s 16 games. He finished second on the team in ground balls (42) and caused 19 turnovers. Neumann was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second-consecutive year. He also earned NEILA All-New England Second-Team honors.
NEUMANN AND BOYCE NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON TEAM... It was announced by the league on Wednesday, Jan. 25 that Providence College men’s lacrosse senior Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. This marks the second-consecutive year that Neumann has been named to the team.
In 2016, Neumann captained the Friars to their first BIG EAST Tournament appearance since the league began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010. He was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team announced by the league on May 3, 2016. During the 2016 season, Neumann started all 16 games and finished second on the team with 42 groundballs.
Boyce led the Friars in goal, starting each of the Friars 16 games during the 2016 campaign. He tallied 185 saves for a .526 save percentage and a 10.71 goals-against average. The goalie was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2016. Boyce finished second in the BIG EAST in saves per game with 11.56.
ROOKIES... The Friars welcomed 12 new members to the men’s lacrosse program in the fall of 2016. Newcomer’s include Dan Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.), Damon Currie (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), Troy Higgins (Summit, N.J.), Tim Hinrichs (Amherst, N.H.), Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.), Kevin McCordic (Medfield, Mass.), Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.), RJ Romeo
SCOUTING DREXEL... The Dragons are 3-4 on the season, with wins over Bryant (7-5), St. Joseph’s (12-8) and St. John’s (9-7). Drexel posts a .573 shot-on-goal percentage.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Drexel has three players who have recorded double-digits in points. Cole Shafer leads the Dragons with 23 points on 20 goals and three assists. Shafer is follwed by Reid Bowering (18) and Robert Frazee (16).
Goaltender Jimmy Joe Granito posts a 11.89 goals-against average and a .494 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will open BIG EAST play against St. John’s on Saturday, April 1 in Jamaica, N.Y. at 1:00 p.m.
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