Men’s Soccer Wraps Up Regular Season With St. John’s

Oct. 31, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

The Providence College men’s soccer team welcomes St. John’s for a crucial BIG EAST matchup on Senior Night. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 1 and will be played on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.

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How to Watch
The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), the leagues branded channel on FOX Sports Go, is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices and on desktops via the internet at http://www.FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. FOX Sports Gos authenticated distribution is more than 90 million homes averaging more than three million streams per month. FOX Sports Go is available internationally via the internet by visiting http://www.FOXSportsGo.com (the FOX Sports Go app is not supported internationally).

Series History vs. St. John’s
First Meeting: Providence- 1, St. John’s- 0 (1987)
Last Meeting: Providence- 1, St. John’s- 0 (2016)
All-Time Series: 6-19-3

Scouting the Red Storm
St. John’s enters Wednesday’s contest with an 8-6-2 overall record and a 5-2-1 conference record. Most recently, the Red Storm defeated Georgetown, 1-0, on Oct. 28. Senior David Enstrom was the goal-scorer in St. John’s third-consecutive win. Perhaps the biggest win of the season for the Red Storm was a 3-0 victory over then-No. 19 Xavier (Sept. 23). Alistair Johnston and Harry Cooksley lead the team offensively with 11 points apiece. Johnston has a team-leading four goals, while Cooksley has a team-leading five assists. In net, Andrew Withers has started all 16 games. He holds a goals against average of 0.66 and a .843 save percentage. The Red Storm are ranked 15th in the nation in goals against average, allowing only 11 goals this season.

Scouting the Friars
The Friars hold a 5-7-4 overall record and a 2-2-4 record in the BIG EAST. The team is coming off of a 0-0 draw at Georgetown (Oct. 25) and a crucial 2-1 victory at Villanova (Oct. 28). Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.), who was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for his efforts, made 10 total saves in the two games. In the 2-1 win over Villanova, Danny Griffin (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Matt DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored goals. DePerro is second on the team in goals scored with three, while Griffin has two. Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) leads the team with 19 points on three goals and eight assists. Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal) has eight points on two goals and four assists. In net, Miller enters the game with a 5-5-4 record, a .768 save percentage and a 1.05 goals against average. Thirteen different Friars have recorded at least a point. Overall, the team is averaging 1.25 goals scored per game and 12.5 shots-per-game.

Senior Salute
During the senior night ceremony, the Friars will honor six members of the team. Mac Steeves, Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.), Brendan Reardon (Nesconset, N.Y.), Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.) will be honored pre-game.

These seniors have been part of 56 Friar victories and three BIG EAST Tournament appearances, including two Championship games. In 2014 they captured the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in school history. In 2016 they helped earn the team’s first BIG EAST Regular Season championship. They also helped the Friars to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance in 2014 and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2016.

Battle Tested
The Friars are no strangers to overtime, as their tie against Georgetown was the seventh time they have played more than 90 minutes this season. It was also the second consecutive game to end in a 0-0 tie. In overtime this year, the Friars hold a 2-1-4 record. The four ties are all in BIG EAST matches.

Steeves Shines
Steeves continues to lead the team in all scoring categories. He is first in points (19), goals (eight) and assists (three). With his two goals against Seton Hall (Oct. 14), he passed former teammate Julian Gressel on the all-time career points leaderboard at Providence. He is now second with 82 career points. He is also second in career goals scored, with 35. John Farren tops both of those leaderboards, with 62 career goals and 154 career points.

In the BIG EAST, Steeves leads the league with 4.12 shots per game. He is tied for third in both goals scored (eight) and points (19).

Lucky 13
The Friars have had 13 different players register a point in 2017. Eleven of those Friars have recorded multiple points. Steeves, DePerro, Serrano, Griffin, Alex Vigliotti (Branford, Conn.), Liam Wilson (Sussex, England), Braden Kline (Lancaster, Pa.), Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.), Alex DaCosta (Bristol, R.I.), Steven Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.) and Klisman Sousa (Sal, Cape Verde) are the multi-point scorers.

Rhode Island Rivalries
This season, the Friars battled three other Rhode Island opponents. Providence defeated Rhode Island, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 1 and Bryant, 3-0, on Sept. 4. With the most recent 2-1 victory against Brown (Oct. 11), the Friars earned a perfect 3-0 record against in-state competition.

Up Next
The Friars have a chance to punch a ticket to the BIG EAST Tournament depending on the result against St. John’s. Should the Friars make the tournament, they will be seeded fifth or sixth. Quarterfinal matchups are set for Nov. 4.

2017 Providence College Award Winners
Colin Miller
- BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week: 10/30/17

Brian Kennedy
- BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week: 10/16/17

Joao Serrano
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 8/28/17, 10/16/17

Danny Griffin
- New England Soccer Journal Top-10 Players List (Ranked sixth- 8/22/17)
- New England Soccer Journal Midseason Best XI

Mac Steeves
- Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 9/4/17, 9/11/17
- New England Soccer Journal Midseason Best XI

Mark Jecewiz
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- Senior CLASS Award Candidate

- GO FRIARS! -


 

 

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