Nov. 16, 2011
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PROVIDENCE HOSTS DARTMOUTH IN NCAA FIRST ROUND... Providence will host Dartmouth on Thursday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the NCAA Championship First Round. It marks the second consecutive season that the Friars will host an NCAA Tournament match at Glay Field.
FRIARS EARN NCAA TOURNAMENT AT-LARGE BID... Providence earned its sixth overall NCAA Tournament berth and the fifth in the last seven seasons under Head Coach Chaka Daley. In 2010, the Friars hosted their first ever NCAA Tournament match at Glay Field and defeated Saint Peter's, 6-2, on November 18. With the win, Providence advanced to the second round for the second time in school history. The Friars also earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Prior to 2005, PC had not made the NCAA Tournament since 1983.
PROVIDENCE HISTORY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT... The Friars have a 2-5 all-time record in five NCAA Tournament appearances. Providence posted its first ever NCAA Tournament win in 2005 (1-0 in overtime at Hofstra). Last season, the Friars defeated Saint Peter's, 6-2, in the First Round, before falling, 2-1, at Ohio State.
WHAT'S NEXT... The winner of Thursday's match will travel to face 15th seed UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m.
FRIAR QUICK NOTES...
Providence is in the midst of its seventh consecutive winning season, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1981-87. The Friars closed out the regular season by winning four of their last five matches, including three straight BIG EAST road victories. Three of the five Friar BIG EAST wins were 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.
FRIARS AT HOME... Providence has a 5-3 record at home this season and has outscored opponents, 15-8, at Glay Field. The Friars had a stretch (Sep. 2 - Sep. 24) when they recorded four consecutive home shutout wins.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH... 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.
FRIARS ALL-TIME AGAINST DARTMOUTH... Providence is 2-11-1 all-time against Dartmouth. The two teams have not faced each other since 2001 when the Big Green posted a 2-0 win at home. The Friars' two wins against the Big Green came in 1998 and 1999.
SEVEN BIG EAST TEAMS EARN NCAA TOURNAMENT BERTHS... The BIG EAST Conference has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, the most of any other conference. St. John's earned the automatic berth. In addition, Connecticut, USF, Louisville, Providence, West Virginia and Rutgers earned at-large bids. The BIG EAST had four teams selected in the top 16: No. 3 seed Connecticut, No. 7 seed USF, No. 9 seed St. John's and No. 12 seed Louisville. The ACC has six teams in the field, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Conference USA each placed four teams in the field. The Atlantic 10, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Ivy, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Mountain Pacific and Southern conferences all have two teams in the tournament.
AGAINST COMMON OPPONENTS... Providence and Dartmouth have played against three common opponents (Holy Cross, USF, Brown). The Friars defeated Holy Cross, 2-0, at home, while the Big Green played the Crusaders to a scoreless double overtime draw on the road. Providence tied No. 13 USF, 1-1, in Tampa, Fla., while Dartmouth recorded a 3-3 double overtime result against the 11th-ranked Bulls at home. Providence defeated No. 11 Brown, 1-0, at home, while Dartmouth tied the Bears, 0-0, in double overtime in the regular season finale on the road.
TWO FRIARS EARN BIG EAST HONORS... Junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team and freshman Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) earned All-BIG EAST Rookie Team honors on November 10. It marked the first time that Cintron earned an All-BIG EAST honor, while Ugarte became the first Friar to be named to the All-Rookie Team since Kempes Corbally in 1998.In nine BIG EAST Conference games, Cintron finished third on the team in scoring with nine points on three goals and three assists. Ugarte led the Friars in scoring with 15 points, all of which were league matches. His six goals ranked tied for second in league games, while his 15 points were the third highest mark. Ugarte also led the Friars with three game-winning goals, including a two-goal performance versus Cincinnati on September 24.
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 14 games at midfield and Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) has 14 starts at left back.
OBANDO LEADING THE WAY IN GOAL... Providence senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) has started all 18 matches and has a 1.30 goals against average and six shutouts. His six shutouts ranks seventh in the BIG EAST. The co-captain had a stretch 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 and was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week on September 7.
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).
CINTRON NOTCHES CAREER HIGH... Junior Marc Cintron 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 seven 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).
BIG EAST LEADERS... In nine BIG EAST Conference matches, Providence finished 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) were in conference play. Sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) had five goals and two assists for 12 points in league action. Ugarte was third in league games with 15 points and tied for second with six goals. Davis finished tied for fifth in points and tied for fifth in goals scored.
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.
CINTRON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE... Marc Cintron leads the Friars with four assists this season in 13 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).
FRIARS SCORE SIX TIMES... The six goals scored by the Friars on October 15 in a 6-1 win over Seton Hall 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.
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 ON THE ROAD Providence has a 5-4-1 road record, including a 3-1-1 mark in conference matches away from home. The Friars won three consecutive BIG EAST road games to finish the regular season, including a 2-1 triumph at No. 19 Georgetown on October 29 in the regular season finale.
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. On November 1, Providence was No. 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 23 in the Soccer America Poll. It marked the first time since November 16, 2010 that Providence had been ranked in the NSCAA poll.
FRIARS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS... The Friars have played against six nationally ranked teams this season, including two squads in the top three. Five of the six games against ranked teams have been on the road. Providence is 2-3-1 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. On October 29, the Friars won at No. 19 Georgetown, 2-1 on. Most recently, No. 15 Louisville defeated Providence, 5-0, on November 3.