FRIARS IN BIG EAST ACTION... The Providence College men's lacrosseteam will play its third BIG EAST Conference game on April 14 in Milwaukee, Wis. against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Opening face-off is set for 3:00 p.m. (ET).
TUNE IN... The Friars' game against Marquette was originally set to be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go. The game has been moved into the Dome at Valley Fields and will be broadcast by the Marquette athletic department via www.gomarquette.com
Live stats are also available at www.gomarquette.com. A direct link is provided below.
PROVIDENCE VS. MARQUETTE ALL-TIME... The Friars post a 1-4 all-time record against the Golden Eagles. Providence and Marquette first met in 2014, where the Eagles claimed a 7-6 victory over the Friars in Milwaukee, Wis.
In 2017, the Friars posted a 1-1 mark against the Golden Eagles. Providence defeated Marquette in the regular season, 9-7, in Providence, R.I. The two squads met again in the BIG EAST Championship game, hosted on the Providence College campus. Marquette claimed the BIG EAST title with a 10-9 victory and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
FRIARS RANK NATIONALLY... As of April 8, Providence ranks secon din the nation in clearing percentage behind Ohio State. The Friars average a .931 clear percentage over an 11-game span.
BOYCE IN THE BIG EAST... Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) leads the BIG EAST Conference in save percentage (.547) and saves per game (11.00). He ranks second in the conference in goals-against average (9.06) amongst goaltenders who have played in at least 75% of their teams games.
BOYCE FEATURED ON 2018 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST... The 2018 Tewaaraton Award Watch List was revealed on March 1. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse. Providence College goaltender Tate Boyce is one of 50 players on the watch list. The Tewaaraton Award, established in 2001, is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. The 18th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held on May 31, 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Boyce, the first player in program history to be named to the Tewaaraton Watch List, is one of the most highly decorated players in Providence College lacrosse history. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, he earned USILA Third-Team All-America honors, Inside Lacrosse Media All-America Honorable Mention, All-BIG EAST First Team and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year recognition.
FRIARS OPEN BIG EAST PLAY IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION... The Friars closed out the month of March with a 14-8 victory over then-RV St. John's. The 14 goals is a season-high for Providence. Sean Leahey now has 16 goals, having recorded three goals against St. John's. Alex George won 7-of-11 face-offs for the Friars. Kearns notched his 100th career point in the victory. He has registered 104 career points as a Friar.
HATRICKS LIFT THE FRIARS OVER ST. JOHN'S... Three different Friars finished the day with a hat-trick. Leahey, Ryan Nawrocki, and Brendan Kearns all netted three goals. The hat-trick for Leahey was his third of the season.
BOYCE RECORDS SEASON-HIGH 16 SAVES AGAINST SACRED HEART... All-American goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) recorded a season-high 16 saves against Sacred Heart on March 3. In the Friars' most recent contest against Georgetown on April 7, Boyce posted 9 saves. The goaltender has recorded 122 saves over eleven games this season. He has double-digit saves in eight of the Friars eleven games.
Boyce owns a 9.06 goals-against average and a .547 save percentage over 10 games.
KELLER RECORDS CAREER-HIGH FOUR GOALS... In the loss to UMass Lowell on March 6, senior Joshua Keller (Grand Rapids, Mich.) recorded a career-high four goals. His previous career high for goals in a single game was two. He entered the game with just one goal this season, and now has seven on the year, which is tied for fifth on the team.
ONE-GOAL GAMES... Five of the Friars' 11 games have been decided by one goal, including four of Providence's seven losses. Additionally, three of the six losses have been decided in overtime. Providence's lone victory in a game decided by one goal came against Saint Joseph's (4-3) on Feb. 24.
OVERTIME HEARTBREAK ON THE ROAD... The Friars are 0-4 on the road this season. In their first contest of 2018, the Friars fell at No. 20 Boston University, 12-11, in overtime (Feb. 3). Providence then fell to Sacred Heart in OT, 10-9, on March 3 in Fairfield, Conn. On March 25, the Friars lost to Drexel, 11-10, in double-overtime. Most recently, Providence was bested by Georgetown, 8-4, on April 7 in Washington, D.C.
KEARNS DISHES OUT THE ASSISTS... Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) posts a team-high nine assists on the season. He has registered one assist in nine of the teams eleven games.
FACE-OFF GAME... The Friars enter the weekend with a 0.523 winning percentage at the face-off "X". Alex George (Simsbury, Conn.) leads the way, having won 63-of-111 opportunities (.568). He also ranks fourth in ground balls per game (4.30) in BIG EAST standings. RJ Romeo (Wilton, Conn.) has seen the second-most reps at the "X" and is 45-88 (.511).
DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS... Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) leads the Friars with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists. Five other Friars have cracked double-digits, including Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syosset, N.Y.) and Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) who rank second on the team in points (19). Hatzipetrakos leads the team in goals with 17 and Kearns leads the team with eight assists. Austin Goltz (Orchard Park, N.Y.) (17pts, 13g/4a), Ryan Nawrocki (Smithtown, N.Y.) (16pts, 10g/6a), and Evan McGreen (Narragansett, R.I.) (14pts, 7g/7a) also post double digits in the points category.
FRIARS HOLD SAINT JOSEPH'S TO THREE GOALS... The Friars earned a 4-3 victory over Saint Joseph's on Feb. 2. The three goals marked the fewest allowed by Providence since April 23, 2008, when the Friars defeated Wagner, 12-3.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Providence was picked to finish third in the 2018 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, with a total of 16 points. Denver was picked to win the league, having collected five first-place votes and 25 points overall. Villanova was picked to finish second, with one first-place vote and 21 points.
THREE FRIARS EARN PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SPOTS... It was announced by the league on Wednesday, Jan. 24 that Providence College men's lacrosse players James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario), Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) were named to the 2018 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Boyce and Barclay were each honored as unanimous selections.
FIVE FRIARS NAMED TO NEILA PRESEASON TEAMS... Five members of the Providence College lacrosse program were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division 1 Preseason Teams. Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) and James Barclay (Toronto, Ontario) were First Team selections. Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.), Sean Leahey (Cranford, N.J.) and Conner Byrne (Hicksville, N.Y.) were named to the Second Team.
FRIARS MAKE PROGRAM HISTORY IN 2017... The Friars embark on the 2018 season after a historic 2017 season. The Friars competed in the BIG EAST Championship game for the first time in program history, falling just short of the title in a 10-9 loss to Marquette on May 6, 2017. PC also achieved it's first-ever national ranking (as high as 20).
10 IS THE NUMBER TO BEAT... The Friars posted a 10-7 overall record (3-2 BIG EAST) in 2017, and finished third in the BIG EAST Conference standings. The Friars 10 victories are tied for the most wins in program history for a single season, and are the most wins since 2006.
SCOUTING MARQUETTE... Marquette enters the weekend 5-5 on the season (2-1 BIG EAST) after dropping a 7-6 decision to No. 14/15 Notre Dame on Wednesday evening.
Both of the Golden Eagles' victories in the BIG EAST were decided in overtime play. Marquette defeated Georgetown, 9-8, in OTon March 24 and St. John's, 11-10, in OT on April 7. The Eagles lone loss in the Conference was to Villanova, 14-9, on March 31.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... John Wagner leads the Golden Eagles with 27 points (21g, 6a) on the season. In Marquette's most recent contest, Wagner led the team with two goals and one assist against No. 14/15 Notre Dame.
Four other Golden Eagles have registered double digits in the points category in 2018. Anthony Orsini (20pts, 13g/7a), Jack Zerrillo (15pts, 9g/6a), Connor McClelland (14pts, 12g/2a) and Griffin Fleming (10pts, 6g/4a).
Goaltender Cole Blazer has seen action in each of the Golden Eagles' 10 games. He owns a 9.09 goals-against average and a .483 save percentage.
WHAT'S NEXT... Providence will play a mid-week game against cross-city Rival Brown University on April 17. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
ROAD WARRIORS... The Friars will play three of their final four regular-season games on the road. The only remaining home game on the schedule is against Denver (April 21).
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