Fall Snapshot: Providence Friars

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Welcome to the Fall Snapshot series. Throughout the fall I will be taking an early look at all 75 DI men’s college lacrosse teams and giving a snapshot of where each is heading into the 2023 season.

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Can Providence Get Back on Track in 2022?

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In 2017, the Providence Friars churned out their best season under Chris Gabrielli as they went 10-7 and fell in the Big East title game to Marquette. They followed up that season by going 5-9 and missing the postseason altogether in 2018. However, the Friars were able to put things back together again.

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2021 Schedule Preview: Providence Friars

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While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

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Justin Bordner Talks Providence Commitment

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Chris Gabrielli and the Providence Friars got some good news on Monday, as Trinity, Pa., faceoff man Justin Bordner verbaled to the Friars. He is the eight commitment in the class of 2022 for the Friars and first at the faceoff position.

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Is Providence Ready to Be a Serious Contender in The Big East?

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When talking about and discussing the Big East many usually bring up Denver and Georgetown first and then mention teams like Villanova and Marquette as potential dark horses. After all, these are the teams that have either won or challenged for the title in recent years. But one name that you don’t hear out of too many folks is Providence. But perhaps they should be getting much more respect than they do.

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Terriers Edge Friars in Season Opening Road Contest

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The Boston U. Terriers started off 2019 the same way as they did 2018, with a one goal win over the Providence Friars. The only difference was it was on the road and no overtime was needed. 

It was a tight contest the whole way as no team ever led by more than two goal the entire game. Sophomore attackman Chris Gray led the Terriers with 4 points (3G,1A) while attackman James Burr and midfielder Jack Collins each tallied 2 goals apiece. Goalie Joe McSorley made a career-high 24 saves to lead the Boston U. defense. Canisius transfer LSM Reece Eddy also made an impact in his first game as Terrier with 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.

Providence saw senior attackman Brendan Kearns led the Friars with 2 points (1G,1A) while attackman Sean Lahey tallied 1 goal, along with others. Emmett Jennings led the Friars defense with 2 caused turnovers and 2 ground balls.

Chris Gray got the game started off as he scored two goal for the Terrier within a minute to make it a 2-0 game with 7:14 in the first. Matt Grillo would get the Friars on the board late in the first quarter to cut it to a 2-1 game. It was very back and fourth to end the first quarter the Terriers held a 4-3 lead heading into the second. 

Providence started off the second quarter hot as they pushed out to a 5-4 lead, their first of the game, with 9:05 in the second. After a few big defensive stands from both sides James Burr scored late in the second to make it a 5-5 tie game heading into the half.

It was defensive heavy third quarter as Sean Leahey scored the only goal of the quarter to put Providence up 6-5 late in the third. Boston U. woke up early in the fourth as they started with a three-goal run that put them up 8-6. That run would help them secure the win as Providence got one goal late in the quarter from Brendan Kearns. The Friars could not comeback as the Terriers won their fourth straight game against the Friars in the two teams sixth straight meeting.