Nov. 14, 2011
It was announced on Monday, November 14 that the Providence College men's soccer team was one of 48 teams selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Friars will play Dartmouth on Thursday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Providence's Glay Field. It also will mark the second consecutive season that the Friars will host an NCAA Tournament match.
Providence College was one of 26 at-large teams selected for the Tournament. It marks sixth NCAA Tournament all-time for the Friars and the second consecutive. In addition, Providence has earned an NCAA Tournament berth five times in the last seven years under Head Coach Chaka Daley.
"Obviously it's an outstanding day for the Providence College men's soccer team," Daley said. "We are excited to be invited back to the NCAA Tournament," Daley added. "To have a home game is a delight. For us as a staff and the players, we are hopeful that we get to get as many students, local media and local fans here as possible. We are looking forward to the challenge that the Ivy League champions present us this week."
Providence, which has secured its seventh consecutive winning season, has a 10-7-1 overall record and finished with a 5-3-1 mark in the BIG EAST Blue Division which was good for fifth place. The Friars, who were defeated at Louisville in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament, closed out the regular season by winning four of the last five matches, including three consecutive road victories. Providence defeated No. 19 Georgetown, 2-1, on October 29 to finish the regular season.
The Friars are led offensively by midfielder Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) who was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Ugarte has 15 points, including a team high six goals. Sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) is also tied for the team high with six goals and is second with 14 points. Junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.), who earned All-BIG EAST Third Team honors is third on the squad with 10 points, including a team-high four assists. In goal, senior co-captain Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) has played in all 18 matches and has a 1.30 goals against average and six shutouts.
Dartmouth (8-5-4) earned a share of the Ivy League title with the Brown Bears and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Dartmouth and Brown played to a scoreless double overtime tie in the regular season finale on Saturday, November 12. Both the Bears and the Big Green finished with a 4-1-2 Ivy League mark.
The Big Green is led offensively by Lucky Mkosana who has 21 points on 10 goals and one assist, while Kevin Dzierzawski is second with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. In goal, Noah Cohen has started 16 of the 17 matches and has a 1.00 goals against average and six shutouts.
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