PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Heading into the 2018 season, Providence College men’s lacrosse Head Coach Chris Gabrielli will return James Barclay ’18 (Toronto, Ontario), Tate Boyce ’19 (Matthews, N.C.) and Austin Goltz ’17 (Orchard Park, N.Y.) as team captains. Gabrielli and staff will add Conner Byrne ’18 (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Brendan Kearns ’19 (Wantagh, N.Y.) as newly-elected captains of the men’s lacrosse program.
“We return three captains from the 2017 season,” Gabrielli said. “Our current seniors and fifth year players have collectively done an excellent job leading us throughout the fall. I am very excited that Conner Byrne and Brendan Kearns have been empowered by their teammates to take on a more deliberate leadership role in 2018. Every member of our roster is a leader in their own right, but our captains will complement one another well and set the tone daily so we can continue to improve every day.”
Barclay has started all 47 games during his three-year career on the Friars’ defensive line. He has collected 94 groundballs, including 36 during the 2017 campaign. He also has caused 35 turnovers.
Boyce returns to the Friars’ line-up in 2018 after receiving USILA/Nike Third-Team All-America honors and Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-America accolades at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Last season, Boyce posted a 8.05 goals against average and a 0.569 save percentage. He led the BIG EAST in save percentage (.569) and goals against average (8.05) and ranked sixth in the NCAA among all Division I goalkeepers in both categories. In addition to earning All-America recognition, Boyce also was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, All-BIG EAST First Team, BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and NEILA All-New England First-Team. At the program’s annual banquet, Boyce was a co-recipient of the Brian O’Rorke Defensive MVP Award.
Goltz returns to the men’s lacrosse team as a graduate student after helping the Friars to their first-ever BIG EAST Championship game appearance in 2017. He played in a career-high 15 games during his senior season, including 12 starts. Goltz finished the season with 18 points, which ranked fourth among his teammates, on 14 goals and four assists. Goltz is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, which is a national scholar-athlete society that recognizes student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom and in their respective sport. He also was the recipient of the program’s Academic Achievement Award and the Steve O’Donnell Coach’s Award.
Byrne, a midfielder, has seen action in 39 games during his three-year campaign as a Friar. In 2017, he appeared in all 17 games and posted nine goals and four assists. At the conclusion of the season, Byrne was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. At the program’s annual banquet, he honored with the Jay Sabitoni “Hammer” Award.
Kearns, an attackman, has started 32-of-33 career games with the Friars during his two-year campaign. He returns to the Friars’ line-up as the team’s point leader in 2017 (45) on 32 goals and 13 assists. He was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and April 10. Kearns also was a co-recipient of the program’s Mike Chapey Offensive MVP award.
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