Providence, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team is set to open its BIG EAST schedule on Saturday, March 16 when the Friars travel to Washington D.C. to face-off against Georgetown. The game is slated for 12:00 p.m. and will be played on Multi-Sport Field. Providence enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-0 (0-0 BIG EAST). The last time that the Friars opened their season 5-0 was in 2000.
Providence’s latest victory came from a 13-12 win over Quinnipiac on Tuesday, March 12. Senior attack JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Friars with a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. In addition, junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) tallied four goals to notch his fifth consecutive hat-trick of the season.
Providence has outshot its opponents, 217-156, and outscored its opponents, 67-42. Wright leads the Friars in scoring with 22 points on 17 goals and five assists. He is followed by junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) who has tallied 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists, and Weber who has notched 17 points on 11 goals and six assists.
Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has won 65-of-109 face-off attempts for a .596 win percentage. The junior has also collected a team high 43 ground balls.
Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has posted all five wins for the Friars, tallying 53 saves in 287:15 minutes of play. Connelly owns a .564 save percentage and holds an 8.56 goals against average.
Providence is 0-3 against Georgetown since joining the BIG EAST in 2010. The two teams last met on March 21, 2012 in Providence, R.I. where the Hoyas defeated the Friars, 7-6. Weber tallied two goals and Wright added one in the loss.
SCOUTING GEORGETOWN (2-3 Overall, 0-0 BIG EAST): Georgetown enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 2-3. The Hoyas’ two victories came over Navy (9-8) and Dartmouth (10-9). Georgetown returns four of its leading scorers from its 2012 campaign including current seniors Brian Casey (35), Zac Guy (29), Jason McFadden (22) and Travis Comeau (21). Casey currently leads the Hoyas in scoring with 15 points on 11 goals and four assists. Junior Jeff Fountain ranks second on the team with 12 points on seven goals and five assists and sophomore Reilly O’Connor ranks third with 11 points on six goals and five assists. Freshman goalie Alex Joyce and red shirt sophomore Jake Haley have split time in goal for the Hoyas. Haley has posted a record of 1-2-0 for Georgetown, recording 35 saves in 180 minutes in goal, while Joyce has recorded 19 saves in 122:34 minutes between the pipes (1-1-0). Red shirt junior Tyler Knarr has dominated face-off’s for the Hoyas winning 48-of-73 attempts (65.8 percent).