Oct. 23, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s soccer team closes out its home schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m. versus third-ranked Connecticut. It will be the first of two games between the Friars and Huskies to close out the season, as Providence plays at 7:00 p.m. at the Huskies’ Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Prior to the game, the Friars will honor seniors Byron Regester (Westerville, Ohio), Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) and Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.).
What They Are Playing For
The Friars are fighting for fifth-place in the Blue Division in order to make the BIG EAST Championship field. Currently, Seton Hall is in fifth place with six points (2-4-0), followed by Providence with three (1-5-0). The Pirates have two games remaining against Georgetown, while the Friars play UConn twice. The fifth-place team in the Blue Division will face the fourth place team in the Red Division on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Connecticut has clinched a place in the BIG EAST Championship and, at 5-1-0, is battling Marquette (5-1-0), Georgetown (4-2-0) and Notre Dame (4-2-0) atop the standings.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Friars fell at ninth-ranked Notre Dame, 3-0, at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium. Three Ryan Finley goals in a nine minute span led the Irish to the win. Providence and Notre Dame battled to a scoreless tie after the first half of play, but Finley and the Irish offense came alive when he headed Notre Dame to a 1-0 lead at 69:59 off of a pass from Max Lochowecki. With a half hour to play and needing a goal, the Irish then capitalized as the Friars pushed numbers forward. At 73:39 Finley netted his second of the game, with the assist going to Dillon Powers. Then in the 79th minute, Finley converted a penalty kick for the hat trick. Friar red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) finished with six saves in the Providence goal to tie a season high mark (he also had six saves at Monmouth). Notre Dame's Will Walsh made two saves to earn the shutout.
For the season, red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) leads the squad in both goals (6) and points (13). Jecewiz is second in both categories with three goals and seven points. Junior Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) leads the team with three assists. In net, Broome has played the majority of the minutes, posting a 1.49 goals against average, 35 saves, a .660 save percentage and a 2-7-2 record.
Around The BIG EAST
In Providence’s BIG EAST Blue Division, Marquette (5-1-0, 14-1-0), Connecticut (5-1-0, 13-1-1), Georgetown (4-2-0, 13-2-1) and Notre Dame (4-2-0, 12-3-0) have all clinched places in the BIG EAST Championship and are battling for seeding. Seton Hall and Providence remain in contention for the fifth and final spot.
In the Red Division, Louisville (6-1-0, 10-4-1) has clinched the Division title and a bye to the quarterfinals. Syracuse (5-2-0, 12-4-0) has also clinched a bye to the quarterfinal round. Cincinnati (3-2-2, 6-7-4), St. John’s (3-3-1, 9-3-4), USF (2-2-3, 8-4-4) and Rutgers (2-4-1, 6-7-1) all remain in contention for the championship field as well.
According to the latest NSCAA coaches poll (Oct.23), six of the 15 BIG EAST teams rank among the top 25 teams in the nation. Connecticut (13-1-1) is No. 3, Marquette (14-1-0) is No. 5, Georgetown (13-2-1) is No.6, Notre Dame (12-3-0) is No. 8, Louisville is No. 14 (10-4-1) and St. John’s (9-3-4) is No.18.
In a series that dates back to 1973, the Friars hold a 5-31-1 all-time mark against the Huskies. Last season on Oct. 12, the Friars fell at top-ranked Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., by a score of 2-1. UConn took a 2-0 lead, but with just under 18 minutes to play the Friars cut the lead to 2-1.
The last time the Friars and Huskies met twice in one season was 2009. In the regular season, UConn posted a 3-0 win in Storrs, Conn. Then, in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, the Friars posted a 1-0 overtime win at UConn, which was the last time the Friars have beaten the Huskies. On that day, then junior Matt Marcin scored with 2:06 left in overtime to send the Friars to the BIG EAST semifinals.
With two games remaining against the Friars, Connecticut is tied for first in the BIG EAST Blue Division with a 5-1-0 BIG EAST record. Oveall, UConn enters Wednesday’s game with a 13-1-1 mark. Last Saturday, Oct. 20, fourth-ranked Connecticut rallied for a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh after falling behind in the first half, 1-0. Adria Beso notched a goal and an assist, while senior Carlos Alvarez scored the game-winning goal at 66:22.
On the season, three Connecticut players have reached double digits in points, led by junior forward Mamadou Diouf’s 11 goals and two assists for 24 points. Senior Carlos Alvarez (6-7-19) and sophomore Allando Matheson (7-1-15). In net, sophomore Andre Blake has started all 15 games for the Huskies, posting a 13-1-1 record, a .857 save percentage and a 0.53 goals against average to go along with 48 saves. Connecticut is 9-1-0 over its last 10 games.
Live stats of the game will be provided on Providence College’s athletic website, www.Friars.com and can be accessed by clicking the link on the men’s soccer page here. The game will also be broadcast on Cox Sports on taped delay. Scheduled air times include Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Nov, 1 at 7:00 p.m.