PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE SET TO OPEN 2013 SEASON
The Friars play their first game of the 2013 season at Wagner on Friday, Feb. 15.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team will open its 2013 season under first-year Head Coach Chris Gabrielli on Friday, Feb. 15 at Wagner. The Friars travel to Staten Island, N.Y. for a 1:00 p.m. match up with the Seahawks.
Under a new coaching staff, the Friars return 28 players and welcome 16 newcomers. Among the returners are three players who notched double digits in the scoring column for the Friars last season. Junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) tallied 31 points on 17 goals and 14 assists, junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) tallied 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists and senior attack JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) notched 15 points on 12 goals and three assists.
Providence enters its fourth season in the BIG EAST Conference and looks to improve upon its 2-12 (1-5 BIG EAST) 2012 campaign. On April 28, 2012 the Friars defeated then No. 13/15 ranked Villanova, 15-11, for their first BIG EAST win since joining the conference. Current sophomore Greg FitzMaurice (Huntington, N.Y.) tallied three goals in the Providence victory and finished the season with nine points on nine goals.
Providence also returns two of its most agressive players on the field including junior midfielder Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.), who finished the 2012 season with a team high 44 ground balls, and junior defenseman Zachary Rogers (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) who hauled in 25.
Coach Gabrielli is expecting an immediate impact from several of the newcomers including freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.), freshman midfielder Brendon McGuire (Wycoff, N.J.), freshman attack Kevin Blair (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman defender Griffin Goudreau (Kenilworth, Ill.).
SCOUTING WAGNER: Wagner looks to improve upon its 1-13 (1-4 NEC) 2012 season. The Seahawks return 20 players and welcome 11 newcomers. Wagner returns its two leading scorers from 2012 including senior attack Nick DePhillips and senior attack Colin O’Rourke. The duo combined for 52 of the Seahawks 135 points. DePhillips tallied 27 points on 24 goals and three assists, while O’Rourke notched 25 points on 21 goals and four assists. The Seahawks also welcome back Dustin Doty, who led the team in ground balls last season (43). Goaltender Nicholas Gibaldi started all 14 games for the Seahawks last year, recording over 738 minutes between the pipes. Gibaldi recorded 182 saves on the year averaging 13 saves per game.