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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
New England sports fans should be getting up for a pretty good contest today and it’s not the Super Bowl. It’s the Boston Terriers traveling I-95 to take on the Providence Friars in an afternoon tilt.
These two programs have payed each other every year since 2014 (Boston U.’s inaugural season) and have opened the season against each other since 2016. This matchup is always a sneaky good one as it’s been close every year, and went into overtime last season.
Both of these teams coming into this game wanting to start off the 2019 season off on a high note, and both squads have much to prove this year as well.
Offensively for Providence the majority of production will likely come from the midfield. Junior midfielder Sean Lahey, sophomore midfielder Evan McGreen, and senior midfielder Nick Hatzipetrakos will be looking to carry the majority of load this season and want to get 2019 started off on a high note against Boston U.
The Friar’s defense will be anchored again this season by senior goalie Tate Boyce and around him will be a younger core of sophomore Zach Masessa and company. How the Friars look on that end of the field will be one of the more interesting things to watch in this game. It should be a great first test for such a young defense with just one starter back from last season.
Boston U. returns a ton of firepower on offense with sophomore attackman Chris Gray who had a breakout freshman campaign and looks to continue to build on that this season. Senior attackman James Burr will be another player that is poised to make a big impact again for the Terriers this season.
On the defensive side of the ball the Terriers will be leaning on junior Chase Levesque to do some of the heavy lifting again this season. This first game will also be a test for them as they have a younger defense than last season. In cage junior Joe McSorley looks to start off the season on a good note and build off his success last season.
This game should be a close one as both teams may be looking to feel things out for at least the first quarter. If the past says anything then this one could be another great game between these two squads.
You can watch the game via stream through Providence Athletics. You can fins Live State here.