Men's Lacrosse Program Hold Annual Banquet

Oct. 4, 2017

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.- On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Providence College men’s lacrosse team hosted its annual awards banquet to recognize outstanding player accomplishments from the 2017 season. The 2017 Providence College lacrosse team made program history as it advanced to the BIG EAST Championship Game for the first time since joining the league for lacrosse in 2010. The Friars 10-7 record marked the most victories in a single season since 2006. The team’s 10 wins are tied for most in program history.

The banquet was hosted in Schneider Arena and honored players for exceptional athletic prowess on the field, while maintaining a high academic standing in the classroom. The lacrosse program recognized and presented 10 awards to members of the team.

The Steve O’Donnell Coach’s award was presented to recent Providence College graduate Austin Goltz ’17, MBA ’19 (Orchard Park, N.Y.). The award is named after former Providence College lacrosse coach Steve O'Donnell, who is currently the head coach at La Salle Academy. Coach O’Donnell was on hand at the banquet to present the award and share a few words about the history of the Providence College lacrosse program.

The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Sean Leahey ’20 (Cranford, N.J.). Leahey posted 17 points on 16 goals and one assist during his freshman campaign and helped the Friars to their first-ever BIG EAST Championship game appearance.

The Most Improved Player Award was given to Colin Keating ’19 (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Nick Hatzipetrakos ’19 (Syossett, N.Y.).

During Keating’s freshman season (2016), he won 3-of-15 face offs [20%] and contributed to a team face off percentage of 40.1%. During Keating’s sophomore season (2017), he won 88-of-149 face offs [59.1%] and led the face off unit to the fifth most improved face off percentage amongst Division I teams – increasing wins 13.5 percentage points to 53.6% in 2017. During the postseason, Keating won 10 of 18 face offs in the BIG EAST Semifinals and 19 of 23 face offs in the BIG EAST Championship.

During Hatzipetrakos’ freshman season (2016), he scored five goals and distributed two assists, totaling seven points. During Hatzipetrakos’ sophomore campaign (2017), he scored 22 goals and dished out 19 assists, accumulating 41 total points. Hatzipetrakos was also awarded second Team All-BIG EAST honors.

The Jay Sabitoni “Hammer” Award is named about one of the most physical players in program history, Jay Sabitoni ‘87. The 2017 “Hammer” Award was presented to Conner Byrne ’18 (Hicksville, N.Y.). The honor recognizes the player who displays persistent toughness, fearlessness, and physicality on the field. Byrne finished the 2017 season with nine goals, four assists, 40 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

The Academic Achievement Award was given to Austin Goltz '17, MBA '19. Goltz had the highest cumulative GPA on the team (3.89) for the 2016-2017 academic year.  

The Best Teammate Award was presented to a distinguished individual who displays selflessness and consistently prioritizes the team through leadership on and off the field. The 2017 Best Teammate Award was presented to Chris Jackson ’17.

The Mike Chapey Offensive MVP Award was presented to Nick Hatzipetrakos ‘19 and Brendan Kearns ’19. Hatzipetrakos posted 41 points on the 2017 season on 22 goals and 19 assists. Kearns was the 2017 point-leader for the Friars (45) with 32 goals and 12 assists. The Mike Chapey MVP award is named after Providence College lacrosse alumnus Mike Chapey ’86.

Jarrod Neumann ’17 (Springfield, Mass.) and Tate Boyce (Matthews, N.C.) were co-recipients of the team’s Brian O’Rorke Defensive MVP Award. The Brian O’Rorke Award is named after one of the most decorated defensemen in program history and three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, Brian O’Rorke ‘05. The Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding defensive performance.

Neumann collected 27 ground balls, caused 18 turnovers and posted three points on two goals and one assist on the season. Boyce led the Friars from the cage in 2017, saw over 1,000 minutes of action and collected 178 saves. The goaltender posted a .569 save percentage and earned a 8.05 goals-against average on the season. Neumann and Boyce each earned All-America Honors at the conclusion of the season.

The Mark Cordon Heart & Soul Award was presented to an individual who displayed leadership and exemplified qualities of hard work and dedication. This award is given annually in the memory of Mark C. Cordon ’89 who tragically lost his battle with cancer in October, 1998. Also known as the “Heart and Soul” award, it is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a lacrosse student-athlete at Providence College. The 2017 recipient of the Mark Cordon Heart & Soul award was James Cunningham ’17 (Syracuse, N.Y.). Cunningham was given this award for his hard work and dedication to the team. In addition, Cunningham posted an impressive stat sheet in 2017 with 41 groundballs and 22 caused turnovers.

The Spignesi/Horrigan Alumni Award is named after Providence College lacrosse founder Dr. Tom Spignesi ’77 and alumnus Sean Horrigan ‘91. Kevin Phelan ’66 was the 2017 award recipient for his ongoing leadership among the lacrosse alumni network and his unwavering support and generosity throughout the history of the men’s lacrosse program.

Additionally, members of the Providence College lacrosse program earned recognition from the BIG EAST Conference, NEILA, USILA, Major League Lacrosse and National League Lacrosse in 2017. Awards and accolades are as follows:

BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Austin Goltz
Malachy Mahon
Ian Grey
Ryan Zimmerman
Matthew Brisolari
Brett France
Kevin McCordic
Nicholas Crews
Conor Hilton
Christopher Jackson
Luke Verrochi
Joseph McHale
Joshua Keller
Colin Keating
Jarrod Neumann
Duncan McGinnis
Will Duncan
Timothy Hinrichs
Colin McKendry
Nicholas Preston
James Cunningham
Nicholas Shaw
Austin Yezarski
Brendan Kearns
Daniel Axelson
David Procopio
Tate Boyce

NEILA Academic All-New England



James Cunningham '17
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19

USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game
Keenan Assaraf '17
James Cunningham '17
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19

First Team NEILA All-New England
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19
Tate Boyce '19

CHI ALPHA SIGMA National Honor Society
Ian Grey '18

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Jarrod Neumann '17

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Tate Boyce '19

All-BIG EAST First Team
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19
Tate Boyce '19

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Nick Hatzipetrakos '19
Conner Byrne '18

BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Tate Boyce '19
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19
Ryan Schaffer '17

USILA Scholar All-American
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19

USILA All-America
Jarrod Neumann '17, MBA '19 (Second Team)
Tate Boyce ’19 (Third Team)

Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
Jarrod Neumann—Florida Launch (25th Overall Draft Pick)

National Lacrosse League (NLL)
Jarrod Neumann—Colorado Mammoth (37th Overall Draft Pick)

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Head Coach Chris Gabrielli, Assistant Coaches Matt Francis and Matt Musci


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