Nov. 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
(Courtesy of Brian Foley)
Fall All-Access: Providence
Brian Foley Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:32:50 +0000 Providence had an interesting 2013 season under first-year coach Chris Gabrielli, which saw them go 8-8 with a 1-5 mark in Big East play. The eight wins were the most since the 2005 campaign, while the conference win was only the second in school history since they joined the Big East.
In the fall 2012, Providence announced it would renovate Schneider Arena, which has served as the home of the men's and women's hockey programs since 1973. The plans also included the men's lacrosse program coming over to the arena, where they would share beautiful new weight room facilities and training rooms with the hockey programs. The lacrosse program would also get new coaches' offices, a locker room, and a sport-specific 55 seat theater to break down film while holding team functions.
“There isn't a program in the country that can compare to our new facilities," Gabrielli said during IL's visit to Providence as part of the Fallball All-Access Series, in which IL got an up-close look at the facilities as the team was working out.
The facility upgrades are not yet completed, as the lacrosse team is set to move into a new stadium during the fall of 2014 after a large donation. The stadium will hold 2,500 people and have a state-of-the-art field turf. “This new facility will allow us to walk 50 feet from our new locker rooms and walk right onto the field,” said Gabrielli.
The attitude change was evident at an offseason workout last Friday. PC splits its team in half during workouts with about 25 players in each group to keep the numbers down for the strength coaches to be able to focus on the players.
I got to campus at around 7:15 a.m., while the first group was winding down with their workout and caught the end of it. The strength coaches split the group in half to do a relay sled pushing race, and the atmosphere was energetic for being 7 in the morning. Every player was encouraging each other along while trying to complete the goal as fast as possible. After completing this, the first group headed off to go to the new cold tub in the training room before heading off to their first class of the day.
The second lifting group came in to start their warmup to going through the same routine with the lifting, cross training, and using the great new facility.
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