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The Friars will kick off against the No. 1 overall seed Maryland on Nov. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in College Park, Maryland for the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be held at Ludwig Field.
Sunday’s Second Round game will be streamed on the B1G Ten Network available here: btn2go.com.
Providence in the Big Dance
Providence has made their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It is also the third time in the last four seasons that Providence has been selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA All-Time Record
Providence is 7-6-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. The Friars are 4-2-1 under Craig Stewart.
Friars in the Second Round
The Friars are 1-4 in Second Round games and 1-1 under Head Coach Craig Stewart. In 2014, Providence defeated Dartmouth, 3-0, in Providence. In 2013 the Friars fell to the Maryland Terrapins, 3-1, at Ludwig Field.
Taking on the Terps
Providence and Maryland have met one time before and it was also in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at Ludwig Field. The Friars fell 3-1 in 2013.
The Friars and the Terps have taken on two common opponents in the 2016 season. Maryland defeated then-No. 24 Georgetown, 2-,1 on Sept. 2 and Delaware, 3-2, in the second overtime on Oct. 25. Both were home matches for the Terrapins. The Friars fell to Georgetown early in the season, 1-0, on Sept. 17. Providence defeated the Blue Hens in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, 2-0, on Nov. 13 in Providence, R.I.
Recapping the NCAA First Round Victory
Providence hosted the Delaware Blue Hens in the NCAA First Round at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Nov. 17. The Friars defeated the Blue Hens by a score of 2-0 and Colin Miller earned his and the team’s eighth shutout of the year.
Brendan Reardon scored his first goal as a Friar in the eighth minute of play. Blue Hen’s Goalkeeper Todd Morton miscommunicated on a defensive clear when Reardon picked up the loose ball and deposited it into the Delaware goal.
Julian Gressel leads the Friars with 29 points from 12 goals and five assists. The senior captain has recorded five game-winning goals, including the goal that lifted the Friars past St. John’s, 1-0, on Nov. 3 to give the team their first regular season title. Gressel was named BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, with 16 BIG EAST points from six goals and four assists.
Gressel boasts 76 career points in his four seasons at Providence, pushing him into the top ranks of the Friars all-time career points leaders. In 79 games played, Gressel holds the second all-time spot with 26 goals and 24 assists.
Miller in Goal
Colin Miller holds an 12-1 record in his debut season. The red shirt-sophomore was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week one time (Nov. 7) and Co-Goalkeeper of the Year (Nov. 5). Miller ranks third in the nation in goals against average (0.457 ). In save percentage Miller holds the second spot (0.889). The goalkeeper has posted eight shutouts in his 12 games played in 2016.
BIG EAST Award Winners
Providence claimed three major BIG EAST Awards. Gressel was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Colin Miller was named Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and Craig Stewart and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year. Along with Gressel and Miller, Mark Jecewiz was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Liam Wilson, Joao Serrano, and Danny Griffin all earned spots on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. The last time Providence had six athletes selected to an All-BIG EAST team was in 2014, with five Second Team selections and one All-Freshman selection.
Providence’s starting lineup consists of eight underclassmen, including four sophomores and four freshmen. Five freshmen have seen the pitch in 2016 and four have contributed on the score-sheet with at least one goal. Danny Griffin has scored six times and five have served as game-winning tallies. Braden Kline scored in his first minute of collegiate play on Sept. 2. Alex DaCosta and Liam Wilson have also found the back of the net once this season.
By Unanimous Selection
With the Friars’ six All-BIG EAST Selections, three were selected unanimously. Gressel’s selection to the First Team and Joao Serrano and Danny Griffin’s selection to the All-Freshman Team were unanimous. The Coaching Staff was also selected unanimously.
In the Polls
Providence made their NSCAA Poll debut in Week 10 (Oct. 31) after defeating then-No. 18 Creighton, 1-0, in Omaha, Neb. The Friars moved up three spots in Week 11 (Nov. 8) to No. 22. In the Week 12 (Nov. 15) poll, the Friars received 26 votes.
Providence in the Regular Season
The Friars finished the regular season with a 12-5 mark and 7-2 BIG EAST record. Providence won eight-consecutive matches, including seven straight BIG EAST games to capture the regular season title.
Regular Season Champions
For the first time in program history, the Friars claimed the BIG EAST regular season title. Providence tied a program record of seven conference wins (2006).
Three Friars have received multiple BIG EAST Weekly Honors in 2016. Griffin was selected Freshman of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal against Georgia State in the R.I. Captial City Classic. Miller was named Goalkeeper of the Week on Nov. 7 after posting his seventh shutout and lead the Friars to their first BIG EAST Regular Season title. Gressel has been named Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Oct. 31). Gressel has also been named to the Weekly Honor Roll three times, while Miller and Griffin have each been named once.
Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selections Dominik Machado and Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Mac Steeves have missed the 2016 season due to injuries. Tiago Mendonca and Klisman Sousa have also sustained injuries. All four are expected to return in 2017.
Scouting the Terrapins
The Maryland Terrapins received an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Championship, after defeating then-No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-1, on Nov. 13.
The Terps were named the No. 1 overall seed of the NCAA Tournament and received a First Round bye. Maryland holds an undefeated 18-0-2 record including a 12-0 home record. The Terps also hold a 6-0-2 record against ranked opponents.
Maryland has outscored their opponents 47 to 18 in the 2016 season and are ranked second in the NCAA in goals scored.
The Terps have played eight overtime games in their 2016 campaign, claiming victory in six matches.
Maryland boasts a 10-0-1 non-conference record, winning eight of those matches at home.
Terps to Watch
The Terps are led by Gordon Wild, who is also ranked third in the Nation in goals and points. Wild has scored 16 goals in the 2016 season paired with five assists for a point total of 37. Amar Sejdic follows with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists.
Sixteen Terps have registered at least one point in their 20 games played in 2016 and 12 have scored at least one goal.
Cody Niedermeier has recorded 1917:13 minutes of play for a goals against average of 0.89, amassing 53 saves and a save percentage of 0.736. Niedermeier has picked up six shutouts with the Terps this season.
Maryland’s Head Coach Sasho Cirovski was named Big Ten Coach of the Year while Wild and Niedermeier claimed Offensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Also, Alex Crognale earned the Defensive Player of the Year nod.
NCAA First Round All-Time
The Friars are 3-2-1 in First Round games. Providence advanced in penalty kicks at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Stewart is 0-0-1 in First Round games, advancing in the tie and securing a bye in 2014.
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