Men's Lacrosse Open BIG EAST Play Against St. John's

March 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Saturday’s game will broadcast on ESPN3 and live stats will available through the Red Storm’s men’s lacrosse athletic page via redstormsports.com. 

SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. ST. JOHN’S... Providence and St. John’s have met 15 times since 1988. St. John’s currently leads the series 14-1. 

In 2016, the Friars defeated the Red Storm for the first time in program history (15-10). Returners Keenan Assaraf (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) (3), Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) (1), Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) (1) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) (1) combined for six goals in the game.

FRIARS RANK FOURTH IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of March 28, Providence was ranked fourth in scoring defense among all Division I lacrosse programs. The Friars’ defensive line has allowed 7.22 goals per game for the first nine games of the season. Providence also ranks eighth in man-down defense (.767). 

PROVIDENCE CAUSED TURNOVERS... Providence ranks first in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game (8.00). A trio of Friars are ranked in the top-five individually; Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) (2), Austin Yezarski (Miller Place, N.Y.)  (3) and James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario) (4). 

FRIARS IN 2017 vs. 2016... In 2017, Providence is 6-3 on the season. The team has registered wins over Holy Cross (10-4), Bryant (7-6), Vermont (8-6), High Point (17-8), UMass Lowell (11-4) and Drexel (9-8). 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 6-3 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), UMass Lowell (15-11) and Bellarmine (9-7) and suffered losses to Boston University (9-5), Bryant (12-10) and High Point (13-12). 

FRIARS ARE 1-1 IN OVERTIME GAMES... The Friars posted an overtime win over Drexel University (9-8) on March 26 and suffered a double overtime loss against Boston University on Feb. 4 (8-7).

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 (7.23) and No. 8 in save percentage (.599). Boyce ranks secon din the BIG EAST in both categories.

Alex George currently ranks No. 8 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 30 points on 18 goals and 12 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), Bryant University (1) and Drexel University (1).  He has recorded five multi-goal games overall.

Kearns has recorded 25 points this season on 18 goals and seven 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 87 goals over six games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 69 of the Friars’  87 goals. Sophomore’s Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Nick Hatzieptrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) lead Providence with 18 goals each. The top scorers are followed by Sean Leahey (8) (Cranford, N.J.), Ryan Nawrocki (5) (Smithtown, N.Y.), Joseph McHale (5) (Bernardsville, N.J.), Damon Currie (2) (Guelph, Ontario), Tim Hinrichs (1) (Amherst, N.H.), David Procopio (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.), Alex George (1) (Simsbury, Conn.) 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 FIVE 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). 

On March 20, Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the weekly honor roll after leading the Friars to two victories over UMass Lowell (11-4) and Drexel (9-8). Against UMass Lowell, Boyce posted 14 saves and collected seven ground balls. He recorded 14 saves again in the Friars overtime vicotry over Drexel (9-8) and collected three ground balls. 

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.

SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S... The Red Storm are 1-7 on the season, with a win over Siena (13-12) on March 5. St. John’s has faced three ranked opponents including No. 16/19 Rutgers, No. 6/8 Syracuse and No. 5/7 Hofstra. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH... The Red Storm are led by Nick Heller and Joe Madsen on 12 points each. Heller has registered nine goals and three assists. Madsen has scored eight goals and tallied four assists. 

Goaltender Daniel Costa has seen action in eight of St. John’s nine games. He posts an 11.42 goals-against average and a .483 save percentage.

WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will be back in action on Saturday, April 8 against Georgetown University in Providence, R.I. at 1:00 p.m.


 

 

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