May 5, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Following the conclusion of the 2014 spring season, Providence College men’s soccer Head Coach Craig Stewart announced today (May 5) that senior Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.), red-shirt senior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) and senior Phil Towler (Cumbria, England) have been named team captains for the 2014 season.
“We are excited to name Brandon, Keasel and Phil as our team captains for the 2014 season,” Stewart said. “All three are heading into their final campaign and have valuable experience which they can use to help lead the team. Coming off a productive spring season, we are eager to get that process started and we are looking forward to the next phase in our preparations for the 2014 season.”
The trio of Adler, Broome and Towler helped lead the Friars (12-6-4) to the title match of the 2013 BIG EAST Championship and to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Championship, where Providence lost to eventual NCAA runner-up Maryland.
Adler, a defender, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Second Team in 2013. A key to the Friar defense, he started all 21 games he played last season and helped the team to five shutouts in 2013. For his performance in the Ocean Sate Soccer Classic, he was named to the All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9). In addition to his defensive strengths, Adler registered an assist in the Friars' 2-0 win over Boston University (Sept. 20). He also was an Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST selection. He has now played in 53 games as a Friar.
Broome, Providence’s starting goalkeeper for the past two seasons, started all 22 matches in goal in 2013, playing every minute of every game. He totaled 63 saves on the year, posted a 12-6-4 record and had five shutouts. A two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection, he made a season-high six saves three times, all against BIG EAST opponents including DePaul (Oct. 12), Villanova (Oct. 23) and Xavier (Oct. 26). Broome was also instrumental in playoff games against Georgetown (Nov. 15) and Penn (Nov. 21) in which his penalty kick saves enabled the Friars advance to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship and to the second round of the NCAA Championship, respectively. It will mark Broome’s second consecutive season as a team captain. He has now played in 36 games as a Friar.
Towler, a midfielder, earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention honors in 2013. He started all 22 games for the Friars and registered six points on two goals and an assist. Towler was also selected to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and was named the Ocean State Soccer Classic’s Co-Most Outstanding Player. He netted his first career goal in the Ocean State Soccer Classic title game in a 1-1 tie versus Brown (Sept. 8) and then scored his second career goal in Providence’s NCAA Second Round game versus Maryland (Nov. 24). He has now played in 50 games as a Friar.