Oct. 25, 2011
PROVIDENCE CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON HOME SCHEDULE... After a successful two-match road trip, Providence College will play its final regular season home game on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. against Notre Dame at Glay Field. The match will be televised by Cox Sports and aired via tape delay on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.
FRIARS WIN AT WEST VIRGINIA... Junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) scored a career-high two goals to lead the Providence to a huge 2-1 win at West Virginia Friday night in a BIG EAST match played at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown. The match was aired live on Fox Soccer Channel. Cintron gave the Friars a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute as freshman Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) assisted on the goal. It marked Cintron's first goal of the season. West Virginia evened the match when Nick Claudio struck a volley from 25 yards out and into the upper right corner in the 47th minute. Cintron broke the tie with 3:40 left when he fired a low right-footed blast from 25 yards out into the lower right corner. Freshman Fazal Nabi (Portland, Maine) earned the assist on the play.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NOTRE DAME... The Fighting Irish hold a 13-2-1 edge in the all-time series against the Friars. Last season, Notre Dame defeated the Friars, 2-1, in Notre Dame, Ind. The previous season on October 10, 2009, UND scored the lone goal of the match with 51 seconds left in the second overtime to earn a 1-0 win in Providence. The Friars' last victory against the Fighting Irish was on October 8, 2000 when they posted a 3-1 triumph at Glay Field.
CINTRON EARNS WEEKLY HONORS... Marc Cintron was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on October 24. It marks the third time this season that a Providence player has earned the Conference's Offensive Player of the Week honors. Cintron scored a career-high two goals in a 2-1 win at West Virginia on Friday, October 21. He also assisted on the game winner in Providence's 1-0 triumph at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 18. He also was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week and the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... The Friars have won three consecutive BIG EAST games, including the last two on the road. Providence has clinched a BIG EAST Conference Tournament berth for the seventh consecutive season. Of the 22 goals scored by the Friars this season, 13 have come in the second half and one in overtime. Providence has played against three teams (UConn, Creighton, USF) ranked in the top eight of the RPI rankings. The last Providence freshman to lead the team in scoring was Jonathan Medcalf who had seven goals and 14 points to lead the Friars in 2006. Marcos Ugarte currently has 13 points. The Friars are seeking their seventh consecutive winning season under the tutelage of Head Coach Chaka Daley. Providence has not had seven straight winning seasons since 1981-87. The Friar record for most consecutive winning seasons is eight (1980-87).
FRIARS TOUGH AT HOME... Providence has posted a 5-2 mark at home this season and have outscored opponents, 14-6, in the seven matches. The Friars have a 2-1 mark in home conference games and a 3-1 record in non-conference home contests.
FRESHMAN CLASS MAKING IMPACT... The Friar freshman class has made a strong impact on this season's team. Four rookies are regular starters, including Marcos Ugarte who leads the team with 13 points and is tied for first with five goals. In addition, Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) has one goal and three assists for five points. Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) has started every match at center back, Fazal Nabi (Portland, Maine) has started 11 games at midfield, while Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) has 11 starts at left back.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME... Notre Dame is coming off its second consecutive win, a 3-1 home result over Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 22. The Fighting Irish, who had a 15-1 advantage in shots in the first half, jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead on the strength of two goals by Harrison Shipp. Ryan Finley leads the team in scoring with 11 points on five goals and one assist, while Shipp (four goals, two assists) and Adam Mena (three goals, four assists) are tied for second with 10 points each. Will Walsh has played every minute in goal for and has a 0.79 goals against average to go along with five shutouts.
DAVIS SCORES HAT TRICK... Greg Davis recorded his first career hat trick on October 15 against Seton Hall. Davis is the first Friar to score three goals in a match since Eoin Lynch did it on September 2, 2005 as Providence defeated Maine, 4-1.
CINTRON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE... Marc Cintron leads the Friars with four assists this season in just 10 matches. Last season, he had 10 assists, which was two shy of tying the PC single-season record that was set in 1982. Overall, Cintron has 18 career assists which ranks tied for fifth all-time at Providence. The Friars record for career assists is 30 which was set by John Farren (1982-85).
OBANDO LEADING THE WAY IN GOAL... Providence senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) leads the Friars in goal. He has started all 14 matches and has 1.00 goals against average and six shutouts. His six shutouts ranks tied for fifth in the BIG EAST. The co-captain had a stretch earlier this season in which he recorded four consecutive clean sheets. In addition, he had a streak in which he didn't allow a goal in a span of 429:01. He was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on September 5. He also was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week on September 7.
PROVIDENCE'S RALLY FALLS SHORT AT NO. 1 UCONN... Providence was defeated at No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday, October 12 in Storrs. Trailing, 2-0, with under18 minutes remaining, Jimmy Petruccelli scored his first collegiate goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The Friars nearly scored the equalizer with 25 seconds left. Petruccelli played a cross from the right flank and over UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake who had come off his line. PC junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.), who was at the back post, leaped and headed the ball towards the open net, but UConn's Andrew Jean-Baptiste made a sprawling save with his right foot off the goal line and secured the win for the Huskies. PC's goal ended UConn's school record of nine consecutive games without conceding a goal, a span of 961:32.
NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE... The Friars finished their non-conference schedule with a 5-3 record. The non-conference schedule featured two ranked teams (No. 3 Creighton and No. 11 Brown).
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS... Four Providence players have earned BIG EAST Weekly honors this season. Senior Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) was named Goalkeeper of the Week (9/5), while Marcos Ugarte and sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) have each earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors. Ugarte earned the honor on September 26, while Arboleda's accolade came on September 12. Most recently, Marc Cintron also earned the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (10/24).
BIG EAST LEADERS... In seven BIG EAST Conference matches, Providence ranks third in the league with 14 goals, second with 16 assists and ranks third with 44 points. All 13 of Marcos Ugarte's points (five goals, three assists) have come in conference play. Greg Davis has four goals and two assists for 10 points in league action. Ugarte is tied for second in league games with 13 points and third with five goals. Davis is seventh in points and tied for fifth in goals scored.
FRIARS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS... The Friars have played against four nationally ranked teams this season, including two squads in the top three. Three of the four games against ranked teams have been on the road. Providence is 1-2-1 against ranked opponents. PC posted a win over No. 11 Brown, before being defeated on the road against No. 3 Creighton. The Friars also tied No. 13 USF, 1-1, in double overtime in Tampa, Fla. Most recently, Providence dropped a close match at No. 1 UConn, 2-1, on October 12.
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