PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s lacrosse team (7-3) will travel to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 9 for a 3:00 p.m. match-up against Georgetown (1-9). The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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Live Video: BIG EAST Digital Network or via the Fox Sports Go App.
Series History vs. Georgetown
First Meeting: PC 9, Georgetown 7 (1987)
Last Meeting: PC 6, Georgetown 9 (2015)
All-Time Series: Georgetown leads 1-7-0
Scouting The Hoyas
Entering Saturday’s game, Georgetown is 1-9 on the season and is on a six-game losing streak. Georgetown has played six nationally-ranked opponents and has posted a 1-5 mark in those games. The Hoyas’ lone victory came against No. 8 Hofstra (11-6) on March 5. Daniel Bucaro leads the Hoyas in goals (14), assists (10) and points (24). Nick Marrocco has started all 10 games in goal for Georgetown. Marrocco has registered 109 saves for a 11.73 goals-against average and a .493 save percentage.
The two teams have met eight times in the history of the two programs prior to this weekend and the Friars have recorded one victory against the Hoyas (1987). Georgetown leads the series 7-1.
Last Time Out
Providence defeated St. John’s, 15-10, for the first time in program history on April 26 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The Red Storm won the previous 15 meetings between the two programs. Senior Will Mazzone tallied six goals and two assists for eight points to lead the Friars to victory, while junior Colin McKendry (Cary, N.C.) was impressive at the “X” for the Friars, winning 16 of the 27 face-off opportunities that he took (.593).Freshman Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) started in net for the Friars, recording 13 saves. With the win, the Friars are now on a four-game winning streak and have a 7-3 record on the season.
Scouting the Friars
So far this season, Mazzone leads the team in goals (27), assists (17) and points (44). Freshman Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) sits second in goals (18), assists (13) and points (31). Junior Jimmy Cunningham (Syracuse, N.Y.) leads Providence with 34 ground balls, while junior Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) owns 31. Tate Boyce has started all 10 games for Providence, collecting 121 saves. Boyce enters the weekend with a 9.15 goals-against average and a .571 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 11th in the country for their man-down defense (0.732), No. 15 for caused turnovers per game (8.3) and winning percentage (.700), and are ranked 19th for their scoring offense (11.2).
Additionally, Tate Boyce is ranked seventh in the nation in saves per game (12.1) and eighth for save percentage (.571), while Will Mazzone is ranked eighth for points per game (4.4).
Top Of The BIG EAST
Providence is currently the top-ranked team in the BIG EAST for caused turnovers/game (8.30) and penalty-killing percentage (.786). Will Mazzone also sits tied for first in game-winning goals (.30), second for points per game (4.40) and third in goals per game (2.70), while Tate Boyce sits second in saves per game (12.10).
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 Twice
Mazzone has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice this season. Both of his honors came after eight-point efforts, including a six goal, two assist performance in the Friars’ victory over Holy Cross (Feb. 12) and another six goal, two assist effort in the Friars’ 15-10 win over St. John’s on April 2.
The Holy Cross game marked a single-game career high in goals and points, while the St. John’s game tied that career high.
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 April 2 game against St. John’s, Mazzone collected an additional eight points to add his collegiate career total (132).
Mazzone currently ranks 11th all-time in career scoring at Providence (including two seasons at West Point – 2013-14) and is tied for 11th in career goals (81) and career assists (51).
After taking on the Hoyas, the Friars will travel to Marquette on April 16 for a 12:00 p.m. game.
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 & April 4)
- 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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