March 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team will face-off against Bryant on Tuesday, March 26. The intra-state rivalry is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. The Friars enter Tuesday's game with an overall record of 5-3 (0-2 BIG EAST). Bryant has yet to compete in a conference game but has an overall record of 1-7.
The Friars are coming off of a 2-0 week where Providence was topped by fourth ranked Syracuse (18-9) and Siena (13-11). Junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) paced the Friars offense last week with eight points on five goals and three assists.
Providence has out-scored its opponents, 95-89 and out-shot its opponents, 327-264. The Friars average to get off 40.9 shots per game. Barton leads the Friars with 32 points on 18 goals and 14 assists. Fellow junior Sean Wright sits behind Barton with 31 points on 24 goals and seven assists.
The Friars have collected 247 ground balls and caused 65 turnovers. Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has collected a team-high 55 ground balls while graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.) has caused a team-high 16 turnovers.
Shaw has been effective at the face-off "X" for Providence, winning 101-189 attempts.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all eight games for the Friars. Connelly has logged 458:44 minutes in goal for Providence and has recorded 85 saves.
In addition, Providence has been successful on 130-of-149 clear attempts.
The two teams last met on March 27, 2012 in Providence, R.I. where the Bulldogs defeated the Friars, 9-4. Barton tallied two goals and added one assist in the loss. Sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) and senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) each added a goal in the Friars' effort.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast by Cox Sports on tape delay. The game will be aired on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
SCOUTING BRYANT (1-7 Overall, 0-0 NEC): The Bulldogs notched thier first win of the season against Stony Brook on Saturday, March 23 where Bryant topped Stony Brook, 10-9. Sopomore Shane Morrell led the Bulldog effort with three goals and three assists. Junior Alex Zomerfeld leads Bryant in scoring with 18 points on 12 goals and six assists. Five additional Bulldogs have notched double figures in the scoring column thus far, including Colin Dunster (16), Morrell (16), Peter McMahon (11), Mason Poli (11) and Brian Sclansker (10). Sophomore Kevin Massa has been consistent at the face-off "X" for Bryant, winning 121-of-176 attempts. Freshman Tom Carey has logged the majority of time in goal for the Bulldogs (341:25 minutes) and has recorded 63 saves. Carey owns a .558 save percentage and holds an 8.79 goals against average.