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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Saturday’s game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The game can also be found on the radio on ESPN Denver 1600 FM. Live stats will be available through denverpioneers.com.
SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. DENVER... No. 20/20 Providence and No. 3/3 Denver have met six times since 2000. The Pioneers currently lead the series, 6-0.
The Friars met the Pioneers twice during the 2016 season. On April 23, then-No. 2 Denver defeated Providence, 17-7, in Providence, R.I. Returner Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) registered two goals on the game.
On May 5, Providence traveled to Denver, Colo. to take on Denver in the BIG EAST Semifinal. The then-No. 1 Pioneers defeated the Friars, 17-8.
FRIARS WINNING IN 2017... The Friars’ nine victories this season are the most since the 2006 campaign when the team finished 10-7 overall. The program record for most number of wins in a single season is 10. Providence posted 10 victories in 2006 (10-7) and 1985 (10-2).
FRIARS CRACK THE NATIONAL RANKINGS… On April 17, Providence College was ranked 20th in the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll and 20th in the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll. The Friars were previously receiving votes in each of the polls. Providence is 9-4 on the season, and posts a 3-0 mark in the BIG EAST.
FRIARS MAKE HISTORY WITH THREE BIG EAST WINS... On Saturday, April 15 Providence earned its third BIG EAST win of the 2017 season over Marquette (9-7). The win marked the first time the Friars had won three BIG EAST games since the league began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010.
FRIARS RANK SECOND IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of April 20, Providence was tied for fourth in the nation in scoring defense with Air Force among all Division I lacrosse programs. The Friars’ defensive line has allowed 7.54 goals per game over an 11 game span. Providence also ranks ninth in the nation in man-down defense (.745).
CAUSED TURNOVERS... The Friars ranks first in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers. Through 13 games, the Friars lead the league in caused turnovers per game (7.62).
GREATEST BIG EAST MARGIN OF VICTORY... The Friars’ victory over St. John’s on Saturday, April 1 (15-6) marked the team’s largest margin of victory over a BIG EAST opponent since the league began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010. The Friars defeated St. John’s 15-10 during the 2016 season, which previously marked the team’s greatest margin of victory.
FRIARS IN 2017... In 2017, Providence is 9-4 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), Drexel (9-8), St. John’s (15-6), Georgetown (13-7) and Marquette (9-7). The team’s four losses came against Boston University (8-7), Sacred Heart (10-8), No. 11 Hofstra (11-10) and Brown (13-12). Three of the Friars’ four losses have been decided by one goal and two were in double-overtime. The four losses were decided by a combined total of five goals.
In 2016, the Friars were 7-6 heading into the fourteenth 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), Bellarmine (9-7) and St. John’s (15-10) and suffered losses to Boston University (9- 5), Bryant (12-10), High Point (13-12), Georgetown (8-5), Marquette (8-7) and Brown (16-10).
FRIARS ARE 1-2 IN OVERTIME GAMES... The Friars posted an overtime win over Drexel University (9-8) on March 26 and suffered two overtime losses to Boston University on Feb. 4 (8-7) and Brown University on April 18 (13-12).
FRIARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...Two of the Friars’ three losses have come against teams who were nationally-ranked. Providence fell to Boston University, 8-7, and Hofstra, 11-10. Additionally, each of the PC’s four losses were decided by a combined total of five goals.
BOYCE RANKS NATIONALLY... Goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in goals-against average (7.13) and save percentage (.599). Boyce ranks second in the BIG EAST in goals-against and in save percentage.
HATZIPETRAKOS & KEARNS LEAD THE FRIAR ATTACK... Nick Hatzipetrakos leads the Friar attack with 40 points on 21 goals and 19 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 also has registered tallies against Hofstra University (2), Boston University (2), Holy Cross (1), Bryant University (1), Drexel University (1), St. John’s (1), Georgetown (1) and Brown (1). He has recorded five multi-goal games overall.
Brendan Kearns has recorded 38 points this season on 28 goals and 10 assists. He has registered nine multi-goal games against Boston University (3), Holy Cross (4), Bryant (3), Vermont (3), Sacred Heart (2), High Point (2), St. John’s (3), Georgetown (4) and Brown (2). Kearns recorded lone goal games against Hofstra and Marquette.
YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 136 goals over 13 games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 87 of the Friars’ 136 goals. Sophomore Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads the Friars with 28 goals. The top scorer is followed by Nick Hatzieptrakos (21) (Syossett, N.Y.), Sean Leahey (14) (Cranford, N.J.), Joseph McHale (9) (Bernardsville, N.J.), Ryan Nawrocki (7) (Smithtown, N.Y.), Damon Currie (3) (Guelph, Ontario), Tim Hinrichs (2) (Amherst, N.H.), David Procopio (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.), Alex George (1) (Simsbury, Conn.) and Ryan Zimmerman (1) (Syracuse, N.Y.).
KEATING, NEUMANN & BOYCE 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.
Neumann was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week again on April 17. Neumann led a defensive unit that helped keep Marquette’s Andy DeMichiei scoreless throughout the game and collected one ground ball. Neumann and the Friars have held their opponents to single-digit goals in 10 of the team’s 12 games.
On April 10, goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Boyce was an integral factor in the Friars’ 13-7 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, April 8. He posted 17 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.
FRIARS EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... 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 27, 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.
On April 3, Jarrod Neumann (Springfield, Mass.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after leading the Friar defense to a BIG EAST victory over St. John’s on April 1 (15-6). Neumann held to Red Storm’s attack to just six goals and kept two of St. John’s top offensive producers scoreless. The Friars defense held St. John’s top scorer to just one goal.
On April 10, Brendan Kearns (Wantagh, N.Y.) eared a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll. Kearns posted five points against Georgetown on four gaols and one assist.
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 DENVER... Denver is 9-2 on the season and post a 3-0 mark in the BIG EAST. The Pioneers two losses came to then-No. 6 North Carolina (13-9) and then-No. 18 Ohio State.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... The Pioneers are led by Connor Cannizzaro who posts 49 points on 30 goals and 19 assists. Three other Pioneers have registered double-digits in the scoring category, Ethan Walker (26), Austin French (15) and Colton Jackson (15).
Goaltender Alex Ready posts a 9.38 goals-against average and a .464 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will be back in action on Saturday, April 29 against No. 18/18 Villanova University at 4:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The game will honor Providence’s graduating senior class.
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