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LIVE STATS AND STREAM... Saturday’s match up will be broadcast free of charge via Friars All-Access and will be simulcast on Yurview. Live stats are available through Providence men’s lacrosse athletic page at friars.com.
SERIES BREAKDOWN • PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA... Providence and No. 15/15 Villanova have met seven times since 1988. The Wildcats currently lead the series, 4-3.
The Friars were previously defeated by the then-No. 17 Wildcats, 14-7, in the final game of the 2016 regular-season. Returner Austin Goltz (Orchard Park, N.Y.) registered one goal for the Friars.
WINNING SEASON… The Friars secured their first winning season (record above .500) since 2006. Providence enters the weekend with a 9-5 overall record. In 2006, Providence completed the season with a 10-7 mark.
FRIARS RECEIVING VOTES... On April 24, Providence was receiving votes in the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Maverick Media Poll. The Friars were previously ranked No. 20 in both the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll and the Maverick Media poll (April 17).
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 EIGHTH IN SCORING DEFENSE... As of April 24, Providence ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense among all Division I lacrosse programs. The Friars’ defensive line has allowed 7.86 goals per game over a 14 game span. Providence also ranks No. 12 in the nation in man-down defense (.736).
CAUSED TURNOVERS... The Friars rank first in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers. Through 14 games, the Friars lead the league in caused turnovers per game (7.64).
BOYCE RANKS NATIONALLY... Goaltender Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) is currently ranked fourth in the nation in goals-against average (7.48) and fifth in save percentage (.586). Boyce ranks first in the BIG EAST in goals-against and in save percentage.
HATZIPETRAKOS & KEARNS LEAD THE FRIAR ATTACK... Nick Hatzipetrakos (Syossett, N.Y.) 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.
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 9-5 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 five losses came against Boston University (8-7), Sacred Heart (10-8), No. 11 Hofstra (11-10), Brown (13-12) and No. 3 Denver (12-2). Three of the Friars’ losses were decided by one goal and two were in double-overtime.
In 2016, the Friars were 7-7 heading into the 15th 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), Brown (16-10) and Denver (17-7).
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...Three of the Friars’ five losses have come against teams who were nationally-ranked. Providence fell to Boston University, 8-7, Hofstra, 11-10 and Denver, 12-2. Three of their five losses were decided by one goal.
YOUNG ON ATTACK... The Friars have tallied 138 goals over 14 games of the 2017 season. Underclassmen have registered 88 of the Friars’ 138 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 (8) (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 VILLANOVA... The Wildcats post and 8-5 mark on the season and are 3-1 in the BIG EAST. Villanova’s lone loss came to Denver (16-11) on April 9.
Villanova is 2-0 on the season in overtime games claiming victories over Maryland (13-12) and Marquette (10-9).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Jack Curran leads the Wildcats with 58 points on 42 goals and 16 assists. Curran leads the BIG EAST in goals per game. Seven other Wildcats have double-digits in the points category including Chris Cuccinello (54), Jake Froccaro (42), Danny Seibel (31), Devin McNamara (24), John Kluh (15), Connor Kirst (14) and Joey Froccaro (14).
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars have clinched a spot in the 2017 BIG EAST Championship Tournament on May 4 & 6 to be held in Providence, R.I. The Friars will enter the tournament as the No. 2/3 seed and will play Villanova at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in the semifinals. The winner of the Villanova and Providence regular-season finale on April 29 will receive the No. 2 seed, while the lsoer will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
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