Weekend Matchups

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE PREPARED TO HOST SIENA

The Friars have posted a 3-1 record at home thus far.

Providence, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team is set to host Siena on Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The game will be played on Lennon Family Field where the Friars own a 3-1 record on the season. Providence enters Tuesday’s match-up with an overall record of 5-2 (0-2 BIG EAST).

Providence last played on Tuesday, March 19 when the Friars hosted No. 4 Syracuse in Providence, R.I. The Friars were topped by the Orange, 18-9. Despite the score, Providence competed with Syracuse in each statistical category, including shots, ground balls, face-off’s and clears.

The Friars’ offense has been a catalyst to their success. Providence has out-shot its opponents, 284-229 and out-scored its opponents, 84-76. Collectively the Friars have tallied 132 points on 84 goals and 48 assists. Junior attack Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) leads the Friars in scoring with 29 points on a team-high 22 goals and seven assists. Fellow junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) stands behind Wright with 27 points on 15 goals and a team-best 12 assists. The duo has combned for 56 of the Friars’ 132 points.<

Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has added to the success of Providence. The face-off specialist has won 88-of-161 face-off atempts and collected a team high 50 ground balls.

The Friars defense, led by graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.), has been a key element for Providence. Noyes has collected 22 groundballs and caused a team high 15 turnovers. In addition, juniors Zach Rogers (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and Ryan Marin (Ontario, N.Y.) have served as backbones of the defense. Rogers has collected 7 ground balls and caused 7 turnovers while Martin has picked up 11 ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Freshman Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all seven games for the Friars. Connelly has recorded 73 saves in 399:44 minutes in goal and holds a .500 save percentage.

Live streaming audio of Saturday’s game will be available online via Friars All-Access. To obtain the broadcast, please CLICK HERE. In addition the game will be broadcast on WOON 1240 AM. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.

SCOUTING SIENA (1-6 Overall, 0-1 MAAC): Siena enters Saturday’s match having lost four consecutive games. The Saints dropped decisions to St. John’s (12-11), Stony Brook (11-9), Hartford (15-4) and Jacksonville (11-10). Sophomores Conor Prunty and Nate Barry lead Siena in scoring with 19 points apiece. Prunty has tallied 14 goals and five assists while Barry has notched eight goals and dished out 11 assists. Four additional Saints have recorded double digits in the scoring column including red-shirt junior Kyle Curry (16), red-shirt sophomore Richie Hurley (16), junior Colin Clive (12) and senior Danny Martinsen (10). Sophomore Casey Dowd has dominated face-off’s for Siena, winning 90-of-174 face-off attempts. Senior Matt Sharp has logged 421:52 minutes in goal for the Saints recording 94 saves. Sharp has a .511 save percentage and a 12.80 goals against average. Siena has been out-shot by its opponents, 312-270, and out-scored by its opponents, 90-74. The Saints have been successful on 120-of-144 clear attempts.

 

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Looking for Second Straight Win Saturday at Dartmouth
The Crimson has beaten Dartmouth in three of the last four meetings between the teams.

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will go for its second straight win against Dartmouth when the Crimson and Big Green clash Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.

A live video stream and live stats will be available during the game through DartmouthSports.com by clicking here.

Last Time Out
Harry Krieger made a season-high 15 saves as Devin Dwyer tallied four points to lead the Harvard men’s lacrosse team to a 7-5 win over Bryant Wednesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Krieger’s 15 saves included nine in the second half with seven coming in the third quarter alone. The senior allowed just one goal before intermission and also held Bryant to a single goal in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory. He was aided by defensemen Jason Gonos and Robert Duvjnak who collected seven ground balls and three ground balls, respectively.

Dwyer’s four points included a career-high three goals, with his final score giving Harvard the 7-5 margin. Alex White added two goals while Peter Schwartz tallied two assists.

Related Video: Highlights: Men’s Lacrosse vs. Bryant

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth, which will be playing its first Ivy League contest of the season, fell at No. 14 North Carolina by a score of 13-5 on Monday to drop to 2-3 on the year. Chris Costabile scored two goals to pace the Green and White’s offensive attack, while junior Brendan Rotanz netted a pair of tallies as well.

Costabiele and Adam Hull have registered a team-high 13 points for Dartmouth with Costabiele contributing nine goals and four assists. Hull has added three goals and 10 assists. Phil Hession has taken the bulk of the face offs and has won 46-of-97 at the X.

Bernie Susskind has started all five games in goal and sports a 10.60 goals against average to go along with a save percentage of 51.8 percent. Hession and Robert Osgood have collected 30 ground balls and 29 ground balls, respectively, with Osgood’s eight caused turnovers also leading the team.

The Big Green has averaged 9.60 goals per game while allowing opponents to score at a rate of 10.60 goals per contest. Dartmouth has been successful on 8-of-19 man-up opportunities and has been successful on 86.5 percent of its clears.

Inside the Series
Harvard is 45-38-1 all-time against Dartmouth and has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. This includes a 15-10 win for the Crimson last season in Cambridge which was highlighted by a six-point day from Kevin Vaughan ’12 (4g, 2a) and a five-goal effort from Jeff Cohen ’12.

 

Minutemen Travel To Hartford For Non-Conference Finale
UMass faces the Hawks on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the 10th all-time meeting between the teams

QUICK HITS
About the 2013 season…
• Started 3-0 for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
• Won at least two games against USILA ranked opponents for the fifth straight year and 13th time under head coach Greg Cannella.
• Features a new faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who has won 83-of-144 through seven games (57.8 percent).
• Returned Colin Fleming and Will Manny against #18 Penn State after four and five game absences, respectively.
• Had a pair of six-point performances against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
• Features a first-year goalie in redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri, who currently allows only 8.05 goals per game and owns a .600 save percentage.

About the 2012 season…
• Finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1969.
• Claimed victory in a program-record 15 contests.
• Notched the best scoring margin among all NCAA Division-I teams at +5.75.
• Tallied the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA, limiting opponents to just 7.19 goals per game.
• Defeated four ranked opponents: #11 Ohio State, #12 Bucknell, #14 Penn State and #19 Towson.
• Had six players named USILA All-Americans, including 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny.

SCOUTING HARTFORD
After dropping three consecutive contests to open the 2013 season, the Hartford Hawks have rallied with a trio of victories in succession to enter play with UMass sporting a 3-3 overall record. Hartford owns victories over Siena, 15-14; Quinnipiac, 11-10 and Sacred Heart, 10-7 during the recent stretch of wins after losses to No. 2 Maryland, Holy Cross and Brown. The Hawks are led by eighth-year head coach Peter Lawrence, who owns a 31-78 mark with the program. The Minutemen are looking for their 10th victory over Hartford in as many contests and won the only previous meeting on the road, 14-10 on Feb. 19, 2011. The last time the squads met, UMass came away victorious, 14-5 at Garber Field on March 10, 2012.

Jack Bobzien’s 20 points on four goals and 16 helpers leads the squad as Bobzien is the main distributor, accounting for 43.2 percent of the team’s assists (37). Andrew Cacchio and Austin Gorman follow with 12 points apiece, with Cacchio earning 11 via goals and Gorman notching seven marks and five assists. Kevin O’Shea and Rory Nunamacher are also in double-figures with 10 points each, with O’Shea tallying eight goals and a pair of helpers while Nunamacher adds seven goals and assists on three more.

Two Hawks have split time in net through six games, with Frank Piechota and Dan Zenevitch combining to allow 12.00 goals per game. Piechota has started five of his six appearances, accumulating 267:36 in net while giving up 59 goals (13.23 GAA). Piechota has turned aside 56 shots to earn a .487 save percentage and owns a 2-3 record on the year. Zenevitch has made four appearances totaling 92:19, securing an 8.45 goals-against average with 13 allowed. Zenevitch added 13 stops for a .500 save percentage while securing one victory.

Adam Yee serves as the main faceoff specialist, winning 52 of the 111 he has taken (.468 faceoff percentage) while scooping up 34 groundballs, 16 more than the next Hawk (Tate Klidonas). Overall, Hartford trails its opposition in goals, 72-53; points, 106-90; shots, 244-236; man-up goals, 10-5; groundballs, 201-160 and faceoffs won, 82-64.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE HAWKS
A pair of hat tricks from Art Kell and Colin Fleming paced the offense, while the Minutemen defense clamped down on the Hawks in the No. 5 UMass men’s lacrosse team’s 14-5 win over Hartford on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Garber Field. For the sixth straight time this season, the UMass defense gave up under 10 goals while goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves to improve the Minutemen to 6-0 on the season.

Kell added an assist on the day for a total of four points. Will Manny posted a six-point day with a pair of goals and four assists. Bobby Tyler scored a goal and added two assists, while Mike Fetterly scored a pair of goals.

Hartford (1-4) was led by Kevin O’Shea who had a pair of goals. Carter Bender and Ryan Compitello each posted a goal and an assist. Scott Bement took the loss making 12 saves.

The Minutemen used a big first period to jump in front of the Hawks 5-1. Ryan Izzo scored his first career goal to put the Minutemen on the scoreboard first just 63 seconds into the contest. Kell then added a man-up goal at the 12:29 mark before Kyle Smith, Manny and Kell all scored to put UMass up 5-0 with 2:38 left in the period.

Compitello scored with 67 seconds left in the quarter leading to a pair of O’Shea goals to start the second quarter cutting the lead to 5-3 with 11:55 until halftime.

The UMass offense then took over as Fetterly and Fleming each scored a pair of goals to spark an eight goal run. Longstick defenseman Brett Tobin scored his first career goal in transition off a Manny feed to cap the run with 9:24 left in the third giving the Minutemen a 13-3 lead.

Fleming capped his hat trick with his 10th goal of the season 58 seconds into the fourth quarter. Bender scored with 6:21 left in the game to close out the scoring for the Hawks.