BROTHERS TO WELCOME MARIST CHAMPION MAAC IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
The Providence College men’s soccer team will host the 2021 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, November 18. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.
11TH ALL-TIME APPEARANCE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Providence makes 11th all-time NCAA tournament appearance and fifth under 10th grade head coach Craig stewart. Providence posted an all-time record of 11-10-1 in NCAA tournament action, including an 8-4-1 mark with Stewart at the helm.
SURVIVE AND MOVE FORWARD
In her 10 previous trips to the NCAA, Providence has qualified for the knockout stages three times (2014, 2016, 2019), including two quarterfinal appearances (2014, 2016) and one trip to the semis. College Cup finals (2014).
BROTHERS ADVANCED TO THE COLLÈGE CUP SEMI-FINAL IN 2014
The Friars’ most notable run in the NCAA came in the 2014 campaign, when the team advanced to the College Cup semi-finals. That year, Providence secured a first-round bypass and beat Dartmouth in the second round (3-0), UC Irvine in the third round (1-0) and Michigan State in the quarterfinals (3- 2). The Friars’ magical race ended in the semifinals against UCLA, 3-2, in double overtime.
THE BROTHERS ARE 6-0 AT HOME IN THE NCAA ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT
Providence is 6-0 at home in the NCAA tournament, including a 2-0 record at Anderson Stadium. The Head Coach Craig stewart guided Providence to a 4-0 mark in NCAA tournament games played on the Brothers’ campus.
THE SOFTNESS OF THE HOME
Providence was undefeated at home on the 2021 regular season schedule, having won a 6-0-2 record over Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.
The brothers enter the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 10-4-4.
Providence finished second in the final BIG EAST standings and took second place in the 2021 BIG EAST tournament with a score of 5-2-3.
Providence qualified for the BIG EAST Championship game for the sixth time in program history on November 14 in Washington, DC. The Friars fell to seed Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime. The Friars were ranked 18th nationally at the time of the game, while the Hoyas were ranked 7th.
The latest United Soccer Coaches poll was released on November 9 ahead of the BIG EAST tournament. The brothers were ranked No. 18 in the national poll. Providence has been ranked in the top 25 in the United Soccer Coaches poll for eight straight weeks during the season.
The Friars’ four losses this season have come on the road, at Butler (2-1), New Hampshire (2-1), Creighton (2-1) and most recently at Georgetown in the BIG EAST Championship game. (2-1, extra time).
BROTHERS GET 9-0-1 WHEN YOU SCORE TWO OR MORE GOALS
Providence was 9-0-1 scoring two or more goals in a game. In addition, the Friars are 7-0 when they score three or more goals. The Friars scored a high of six goals against Saint Peter’s on August 29.
FRIARS OFFENS AT TOP 30 BIG EAST AND INSIDE THE NCAA DIVISION I SOCCER PROGRAMS
The Brothers lead the BIG EAST in several offensive categories and also rank in the top 30 nationwide. Providence ranks 28th nationally for points per game (6.22), 27th for scoring offense (2.06), 27th for total goals (37) and 25th for total points (112). The Friars are second in BIG EAST and 23rd in NCAA Division I soccer programs in total assists (38).
Thirteen different players on the roster have scored at least one goal, and nine of those 13 players are multiple scorers.
SECOND HALF HEATING
Providence has scored 27 of its 37 goals this season in the second half. At the BIG EAST tournament, Providence scored two second half goals against Butler in the semifinals and one second half goal against Georgetown in the final.
BROTHERS VS. CLASSIFIED OPPONENTS
Providence was 3-2-0 against nationally ranked opponents. The Friars’ only loss to ranked opponents came against No. 14 New Hampshire, 2-1 (September 3) and then-No. 7 Georgetown, 2-1 (OT) November 14.
BROTHERS IN OVERTIME
Providence is 1-1-4 this season in overtime, including a 1-0-3 record in the BIG EAST regular season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brendan McSorley leads the team in scoring with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Three of his eight goals were winners. He scored the opening goal in Providence’s 2-0 win over Butler in the BIG EAST semi-final (Nov. 11) and scored the only goal for the Friars to force overtime against Georgetown in the BIG EAST Championship game.
Luis Garcia is second in team scoring with 15 points on five goals and five assists. He attended that of Brendan McSorley The winning goal in the BIG EAST semi-finals, after serving a ball into the box during a corner kick in the 64th minute of play.
Paulo lima (12 points) and Davis smith (10 points) complete the list of players in two-digit points. Lima has four goals and four assists, while Smith has three goals and four assists.
Gevork Diarbian, who scored a semifinal goal against Butler, scores nine points on three goals and three assists.
Simon Triantafillou leads the team in assists (six) and has scored one goal this year for eight points. He collected his sixth assist in the Friars’ semi-final victory over Butler on November 11.
Lukas burns played 1,691 minutes in front of Providence goals and has a goals-against average of 0.96 and save percentage of 0.750. He’s been the all-time goalie in every game this season (10-4-4) and recorded six clean sheets, including five shutout wins.
In the semi-final match against Butler, he took a dip from a penalty kick to keep the match level at 0-0, allowing his side to score two goals within a minute of shortly thereafter. . Burns made three saves in the semifinals. Burns had seven saves in the loss to Georgetown in the Championship game.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT HONORS
Brendan McSorley (2g), Gevork Diarbian (1g) and keeper Lukas burns were named to the BIG EAST Tournament All-Star Team on November 14, following the brothers’ race to the BIG EAST Championship game.
Marist enters the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 12-6-3. The Red Foxes won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship against Rider University on penalties (November 14). This was Marist’s fourth MAAC title in school history and the first since 2005.
The Red Foxes have a pair of 20 pointers in Stefan Copetti (9g / 3a) and Kyle Galloway (7g / 6a).
Huib Achterkamp is second in team scoring with 12 points from six goals. He leads the team with four game-winning goals. Richard Morel rounds out the double-digit players in the scoring column with 10 points on three goals and four assists.
Samuel Ilin played 1724 minutes in front of Marist’s goals and has a goals against average of 1.10 and save percentage of 0.716. He recorded seven clean sheets over the season.
HOW TO WATCH
The Brothers’ NCAA First Round game against Marist will be streamed live online via YouTube. A link to the show can be found on Friars.com on the Men’s Football Calendar.
The winner of Thursday’s NCAA first round game between Providence and Marist will advance to the second round against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. The Herd won the No. 14 seed and a second round pass. The second round match will take place at Hoops Family Field and is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. on November 21.
Marshall is the reigning NCAA champion. Their run in the tournament culminated with a 1-0 overtime victory over Indiana in the College Cup final in Cary, NC on May 17, 2021. The herd beat five seeded teams, including three teams in the top 10 during their journey.