Kevin Blair (Photo Credit: Tom Gilligan)
March 29, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse team will face-off against conference foe, Rutgers, on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J. Providence enters Saturday's game with an overall record on 6-3 (0-2 BIG EAST), while Rutgers holds a record of 2-7 (0-2 BIG EAST).
The Friars are coming off of an exciting 10-9 win over Bryant which took place on Tuesday, March 26. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Providence. The Friars were able to overcome a 7-2 deficit with 12:38 left to play in the third quarter. Providence's defense played as a tough unit and fueled the come-back. Junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) led the offensive effort, notching his seventh hat-trick on the season in the win. In addition, senior Daniel Textor(Rockville Centre, N.Y.) added two goals to pace the Friars. The game was broadcast by Cox Sports on tape delay and 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.
In all games played, Providence leads the BIG EAST in shots per game with 39.67. Wright leads the BIG EAST (all games) in goals per game with an average of three. Fellow junior Andrew Barton(Timonium, Md.) ranks third in the league (all games) in assists per game with 1.67. Wright and Barton top the Friars' score sheet with 34 points apiece. Wright has tallied a team-high 27 goals and seven assists, while Barton has notched 19 goals and dished out a team-high 15 assists. In addition, Textor has notched two goals in each of the Friars two previous games.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly(Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all nine games for the Friars. Connelly has tallied 92 saves in 519:44 minutes in between the pipes.
Providence and Rutgers last met on March 31, 2012 where the Friars were topped by the Scarlet Knights, 8-7 (OT). Rutgers was led by Scott Klimchak who tallied four goals in the victory. Providence has been edged by Rutgers in each of the three times that the two teams have met since the Friars joined the BIG EAST conference.
SCOUTING RUTGERS (2-7 Overall, 0-2 BIG EAST): Rutgers has recorded wins over Manhattan (15-6) and Wagner, (20-10). The Scarlet Knights have dropped conference games to St. John's (20-13) and Notre Dame (7-6). Nick Depaolera leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring with 28 points on 15 goals and 13 assists. Scott Klimchak has notched a team-high 21 goals and dished out five assists for a total of 26 points. Joseph Nardella has been successful for Rutgers in face-offs and owns a .660 win percentage. Kris Alleyne has recorded 110 saves in 507:45 minutes in goal. Rutgers has out-scored its opponents 94-93 and have been out-shot by its opponents 348-344. The Scarlet Knights have been successful on 136-165 clear attempts.
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