PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s lacrosse team (6-3) will host St. John’s (1-8) on April 2 for a 1:00 p.m. match-up on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The game marks the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
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Series History vs. St. John’s
First Meeting: PC 4, St. John’s 18 (1987)
Last Meeting: PC 6, St. John’s 7 (2015)
All-Time Series: St. John’s leads 14-0-0
Scouting The Red Storm
Entering Saturday’s game, St. John’s is 1-8 on the season and is on a four-game losing streak. Jason DeBenedictis leads the Red Storm in goals (20) and points (24), while Eric DeJohn leads St. John’s in assists (13). DeJohn also owns 10 goals and has 23 points overall. Joseph Danaher and Michael O’Keefe have split time in net for the Red Storm. Danaher has started six of the nine games played, and has recorded 47 saves and a .480 save percentage, while O’Keefe has started three games and has collected 59 saves and a .457 save percentage.
The two teams have met 14 times in the history of the two programs prior to this weekend. If the Friars win on Saturday, it will mark the first time that Providence has ever defeated St. John’s
Last Time Out
Providence defeated Bellermine, 9-7, on March 26 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. Senior Michael Perettine (Farmingdale, N.Y.) registered his first collegiate hat trick to propel the Friars to victory. On the defensive side, juniors Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) and freshman Chris Zanelli (Summitt, N.J.) each picked up three ground balls. Freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) started in net for the Friars, recording 12 saves. With the win, the Friars are now on a three-game winning streak.
Scouting the Friars
So far this season, Mazzone leads the team in goals (21), assists (15) and points (26). Freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) sits second in goals (17), assists (11) and points (28). Junior Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) leads Providence with 32 ground balls, while junior Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) owns 28. Tate Boyce has started all nine games for Providence, collecting 108 saves. Boyce enters the weekend with a 9.22 goals-against average and a .565 save percentage.
The Friars were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason poll after finishing with a 5-9 (1-4 BIG EAST) record during the 2015 season. Four of the top six scorers from last season return to the field in 2016, including Will Mazzone, Michael Perettine, Joshua Keller and Keenan Assaraf. Mazzone was last years’ leader in goals (24) and points (35) and also tied for the lead in assists with 11, while Perettine tied for second on the team in goals, with 16.
Additionally, Neumann returns for the Friars on defense and was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on Jan. 25, the NEILA Preseason All-New England First Team on Feb. 8 and was also named a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention selection in December by Inside Lacrosse.
Amongst The Best In The Nation
The Friars are ranked 12th in the country in caused turnovers per game (12), No. 13 for their man-down defense (0.737) and are ranked 20th for their scoring offense (10.78).
Additionally, Tate Boyce is ranked seventh for saves per game (12.0) and 11th for save percentage (.565), while Will Mazzone is ranked 18th for points per game (4.0).
Top Of The BIG EAST
Providence is currently the top-ranked team in the BIG EAST for caused turnovers/game (8.33) and penalty-killing percentage (.795). Will Mazzone also sits tied for first in game-winning goals (.33), tied for third in points per game (4.00), while Tate Boyce tops the ranks in saves per game (12.00).
Friars Received Votes in the National Polls
After their 12-7 upset of then ranked No. 12 Hofstra on March 19, the Friars received votes in the USILA/Nike Division I Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll released on Mar. 22.
Brendan Kearns Earns Multiple Player of the Week Honors
Kearns registered three goals and two assists for five points in the Friars’ 12-7 upset over then ranked No. 12 Hofstra on March 19 to earn BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week on March 21. The win was the first time that the Friars have defeated a ranked opponent since April 28, 2012.
Will Mazzone Named BIG EAST Offensive Player Of The Week
Mazzone registered six goals and two assists for eight points in the Friars’ victory over Holy Cross on Feb. 12 to earn BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 15. The feat marked a single-game career high in goals and points. Additionally, in Providence’s season opener at Boston University on Feb. 6, Mazzone tallied two goals and assist to bring his season total to eight goals and three assists, through two games.
Sophomore James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) also was recognized for his defensive efforts against Holy Cross. Barclay was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after holding the Crusaders’ top offensive player to just one assist in the game. He also has collected five ground balls and caused three turnovers so far this season.
Mazzone Hits 100 Career Points
Prior to the Holy Cross game on Feb. 12, Mazzone had a total of 98 career points. With his second of six goals in that game, he hit the 100 career points mark and then surpassed it during the game. After the March 26 game against Bellarmine, Mazzone collected an additional three points to add his collegiate career total (124).
After taking on the Red Storm, the Friars will play a 3:00 p.m. game against Georgetown on April 9.
2016 Providence College Individual Award Winners
- Preseason NEILA All-New England First Team (Feb. 8)
- Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (Jan. 25)
- Preseason All-America Honorable Mention (Dec. 9)
- BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Feb. 15)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Mar. 7)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Mar. 14)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 15)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 22)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 29)
- BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Mar. 21)
- Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week (Mar. 21)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Mar. 28)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Mar. 28)
- GO FRIARS –
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