May 10, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Providence College first year Head Coach Chris Gabrielliwas named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division I Coach of the year. NEILA postseason honors and awards were released by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) on Thursday, May 9.
The NEILA is comprised of 13 colleges and universities located in the northeast region. In addition to Providence, the NEILA encompasses Yale, Fairfield, Harvard, Brown, UMass, Bryant, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, Vermont, Hartford, Holy Cross and Dartmouth. In its 2013 campaign, Providence faced seven NEILA opponents and posted a record of 5-2. The Friars defeated Vermont (13-5), Sacred Heart (12-10), Quinnipiac (13-12), Bryant (10-9) and Holy Cross (12-11). Providence fell to Yale (13-6) and Brown (7-6).
"We are very proud of the progress that we have made this year, and the elite competition that New England Lacrosse offers will help our program reach new heights," Gabrielli regarded. "Two of the seven New England schools that we faced in 2013 are currently competing in the NCAA tournament, and that is where we hope to be in the near future."
Gabrielli led the Friars to their first .500 season, 8-8, since 2006 when Providence finished 10-7. In addition, Gabrielli coached Providence to its second BIG EAST victory in program history with a 10-9 win over Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. on March 30.
The Friars opened up their 2013 campaign on a 5-0 run for the first time since 2000. The five wins helped Providnece notch a six game win streak that began with a vicotry over Villanova in its 2012 season finale. The six game win streak ties the streak set by the Friars in 2005.
Providence posted a record of 5-2 on the road with five road wins being the most wins by the program since 1986.
Six Friars finished with 20+ points on the season for the first time since 2006. As a team, the Friars generated 603 shots which was 241 more than last season. This season, Providence averaged 37.7 shots per game compared to 2012's average of 25.9. In addition, the Friars averaged 3.33 more goals per game this season compared to last season.
The Friars collected 470 total ground balls which is 128 more ground balls than last season. Providence averaged 29.4 ground balls per game compared to last year's average of 24.4.
Looking ahead the Friars will return three of their top four scorers. Seven of their 10 starters this season will also return for the 2013-2014 season. The team will move into the renovated, state of the art, Schneider Arena upon the completion of construction which will house the team's new locker room, weight room, training room, and player's lounge.