Nov. 1, 2011
FRIARS EARN SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE BIG EAST PLAYOFF BERTH... Providence College will play Louisville on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. in the First Round of the BIG EAST Championship. Providence (10-6-1) placed fifth in the BIG EAST Blue Division, while Louisville (10-5-2) finished in fourth place of the Red Division. The game will be a rematch of last season’s BIG EAST Championship finals which ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw. However, the Cardinals won the penalty kick shootout to claim the championship.
WHAT’S NEXT... The winner of Thursday’s match will travel to face BIG EAST Blue Division Champion Marquette on Sunday, November 6 at 2:05 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP... The Friars are making their seventh straight appearance in the BIG EAST Championship and 13th overall. Providence has posted a 10-10-4 all-time mark in the BIG EAST Championship, including a 9-4-3 record in the last seven years. The Friars have made the BIG EAST semifinals eight times (four times in the last seven years) and made two appearances in the championship game. Last season, the Friars posted a 3-0-1 record in the tournament and advanced to the championship match where they tied Louisville, 1-1, but the Cardinals won the penalty kick shootout.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES... • Providence has secured its seventh consecutive winning season for the second time in program history. • The Friars closed out the regular season by winning three of their last four matches, including three straight BIG EAST road victories. • PC has won its final regular season match for four straight seasons. • Three of the five Friar BIG EAST wins came away from home. • Of the 25 goals scored by the Friars this season, 14 have come in the second half and one in overtime. • Providence has played against three teams (Creighton, UConn, USF) ranked in the top five of the RPI rankings. • Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) leads the Friars with 15 points (six goals, three assists). He can become the first Friar freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jonathan Medcalf (14 points on seven goals) in 2006.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS LOUISVILLE... Providence is 1-2-2 all-time against Louisville, including a 0-1-1 mark last season. In 2010, the Cardinals defeated the Friars, 2-1, on September 25 in Providence. The two teams also met in the BIG EAST Championship title game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Prior to last season, the two programs had met once in the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2006, the Friars defeated the Cardinals, 2-0, in the first round in Providence.
SCOUTING LOUISVILLE... The 15th-ranked Cardinals are unbeaten (2-0-1) in their last three games, including two consecutive victories to close out the regular season. On Saturday, October 29, Louisville battled the snow and posted a 2-0 win at Villanova. Buck Tufty and Nick DeLeon each scored for the Cardinals, while goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux made five saves. DeLeon leads the team in scoring with 13 points on four goals and five assists, while Colin Rolfe is second with 12 points on three goals and six assists. Boudreaux has played in every match has nine shutouts.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence erased an early deficit and scored two first half goals en route to a 2-1 victory over 19th-ranked Georgetown in a BIG EAST Conference clash Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. After Georgetown took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, the Friars scored twice within a 3:10 span to take a 2-1 halftime edge. Sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) evened the match in the 12th minute as he netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Senior John Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.) assisted on the goal. Marcos Ugarte then equaled Davis’ team lead in goals as he also scored his sixth of the season to put the Friars ahead for good in the 15th minute. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) totaled five saves, including four in the second half.
ROAD WARRIORS... Providence has posted a 5-3-1 road record, including a 3-1-1 mark in conference matches away from home. The Friars have won three consecutive BIG EAST road wins in which they have outscored opponents, 5-2. Most recently, Providence defeated No. 19 Georgetown, 2-1, on October 29.
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 15 points and is tied for first with six 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 13 games at midfield and Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) has 13 starts at left back.
PROVIDENCE IN THE POLLS... The Friars have been ranked in three national polls this season. Providence spent five consecutive weeks (9/6 - 10/11) in the College Soccer News national poll. The Friars also were ranked 25th in the Soccer America poll on 9/14. Currently, Providence is No. 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 23 in the Soccer America Poll. It marks the first time since November 16, 2010 that Providence has been ranked in the NSCAA poll.
CINTRON NOTCHES CAREER HIGH... Junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) scored a career-high two goals to lead Providence past West Virginia, 2-1, on October 21 in a match that aired live on Fox Soccer Channel. Cintron, who missed the first five games, has three goals and two assists over the last five games. He ranks third on the team with 10 points on a career-high three goals and four assists. Last season, Cintron finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points (two goals and 10 assists).
OBANDO LEADING THE WAY IN GOAL... Providence senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando leads the Friars in goal. He has started all 17 matches and has 1.06 goals against average and six shutouts. His six shutouts ranks seventh 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.
CINTRON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE... Marc Cintron leads the Friars with four assists this season in 12 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).
BIG EAST LEADERS... In nine BIG EAST Conference matches, Providence is tied for second in the league with 17 goals, tied for first with 18 assists and tied for second with 52 points. All 15 of Marcos Ugarte’s points (six goals, three assists) have come in conference play. Greg Davis has five goals and two assists for 12 points in league action. Ugarte is third in league games with 15 points and tied for second with six goals. Davis is tied for fifth in points and tied for fifth in goals scored.
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.
FRIARS SCORE SIX TIMES... The six goals scored by the Friars on October 15 in a 6-1 win over Seton were the most by a Providence team since last season’s squad scored six times in the NCAA Championship First Round (a 6-2 victory over Saint Peter’s). It addition, it is the most goals by Providence in a regular season game since 1987. NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Providence finished its regular season non-conference schedule with a 5-3-0 record. The non-conference schedule featured two ranked opponents (No. 3 Creighton and No. 11 Brown).
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS... Four Providence players have earned BIG EAST Weekly honors this season. Jhojan Obando 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 was tabbed as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on October 24.
FRIARS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS... The Friars have played against five 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 2-2-1 against ranked opponents. PC posted a home win over No. 11 Brown, before being defeated on the road against No. 3 Creighton. On October 1, the Friars also tied No. 13 USF, 1-1, in double overtime in Tampa, Fla. Providence then dropped a close match at No. 1 UConn, 2-1, on October 12. Most recently, the Friars won at No. 19 Georgetown, 2-1, on October 29. Providence will face No. 15 Louisville on November 3 marking its sixth nationally ranked opponent.
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