Men’s Soccer Hosts Annual Season-Ending Banquet

Jan. 30, 2017


The Providence College men’s soccer team hosted its annual season-ending banquet at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sunday, January 29th. Seniors Jake Drew, Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn), and Hannah Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) were honored for their dedication and commitment to the program. 

The team’s annual award winners also were announced. Julian Gressel received the Karl Anderson Offensive MVP Award, while Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) picked up the Martin Hayes Defensive MVP Award. The John Murphy Team Award went to Jake Drew (Westwood, Mass.), while the David Kreinsen Unsung Hero Award went to Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn). Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.) was named Bill Doyle Academic Achievement Award and the Fr. William Folsey Champion of Character Award went to Nick Sailor

The Providence College men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and captured the BIG EAST Regular Season title for the first time in program history in the 2016 season.

The Friars finished the 2016 season with a 15-7 record, including a 7-2 mark in BIG EAST play. Six Friars received BIG EAST honors, five All-Great Lakes Selections, and one First Team All-American. Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) and Julian Gressel (were named Co-BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and Co-Offensive Player of the Year, respectively. Head Coach Craig Stewart and his staff were recognized as the BIG EAST Coaching staff of the Year with seven BIG EAST wins, tying a program record.



Providence claimed the BIG EAST Regular Season title on Nov. 3 at St. John’s with a 1-0 victory. The Friars went on an eight-game winning streak from Oct. 1 to Nov. 3. Miller and the Providence defense posted eight clean sheets.

Despite falling to then-No. 24 Creighton in the BIG EAST semifinal, 2-1, Providence earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Friars hosted Delaware for the First Round and won, 2-0. 

Providence advanced to the Second Round to play at No. 1 overall and unbeaten Maryland. The Friars found themselves down 4-1 with 20 minutes remaining in the game. Providence scored four goals in thirteen minutes to beat the Terps, 5-4.

The Friars faced the Creighton Bluejays for the third time in 2016 in the NCAA Third Round, defeating the Bluejays, 2-1, for the second time in the season in Omaha. 

In the NCAA Quarterfinals, Providence travelled to No. 9-seed North Carolina on Dec. 2. The Friars and Tar Heels battled for 101 scoreless minutes, but fell in the second overtime, 1-0. 

Julian Gressel was named a 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as well as a First Team All-American by the NSCAA.

2016 Providence College Honors & Awards
Julian Gressel
-NSCAA First Team All-American (Dec. 9)
-All-Great Lakes First Team (Dec. 6)
-MAC Hermann Semifinalist (Nov. 29)
-BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 13)
-BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year (Nov. 5)
-All-BIG EAST First Team* (Nov. 5)
-BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Oct. 31)
-BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 6, Oct. 25, Nov. 7)
-R.I. Capital City Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 11)
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Danny Griffin
-All-Great Lakes Third Team (Dec. 6)
-BIG EAST All-Freshman Team* (Nov. 5)
-BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 12)
-BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 3)
-R.I. Capital City Classic Co-MVP (Sept. 11)
-R.I. Capital City Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 11) 

Colin Miller
-All-Great Lakes Second Team (Dec. 6)
-BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year (Nov. 5)
-All-BIG EAST First Team (Nov. 5)
-BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week (Nov. 7)
-BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 31)
-R.I. Capital City Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 11) 

Mark Jecewiz
-All-Great Lakes First Team (Dec. 6)
-All-BIG EAST First Team (Nov. 5)
-R.I. Capital City Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 11) 

Joao Serrano
-All-Great Lakes Third Team (Dec. 6)
-BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 13)
-BIG EAST All-Freshman Team* (Nov. 5) 

Liam Wilson
-BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (Nov. 5) 

Coaching Staff
-BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year* (Nov. 5) 

Dominik Machado
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Mac Steeves
-Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
-MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

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