The No. 3/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team hits the road to play BIG EAST opponent Providence College, on Saturday at 10 a.m. MT in Providence, R.I. Providence is 3-10 on the season, seeing its last win on March 4th. The Friar’s are 0-4 in conference play. Denver has won seven straight games, sitting at 10-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s.
The win-streak is the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).
•The Pioneers lead Providence 3-0 in the overall series.
•Denver also holds a 2-0 advantage when playing at Providence.
•The Friars come into Saturday’s match-up with a 3-10 record on the year, winning three of their first four games.
•Providence sits at 0-4 in conference play and has yet to win a game on its home field.
•Andrew Barton leads the Friars in points (41/3.80) and goals (27/2.08). Sean Wright leads Providence with 19 assists, ranking third in the BIG EAST with 1.46 assists per game.
•Face-off specialist Ryan Shaw has won 91-of-212 face-offs, while also grabbing a team-high 52 ground balls. Shaw is ranked fifth in the conference with 5 ground balls per game.
•The Friars are second in the league in man-up goals (1.46) and in save percentage (.509).
•Providence is averaging 8.54 goals per game, 4.15 assists per game and 12.69 points per game.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
•Denver is coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s in its fourth BIG EAST victory of the conference season.
•Senior Jeremy Noble provided the Pioneers with five points off of two goals and three assists to bring in the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award. The midfielder has eleven goals on the season to go along with 20 assists for 31 points. He also leads the team with 35 ground balls.
•Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 28 goals and 44 points. Bobzien ranks No. 24 in the nation in points per game (3.67), No. 34 in goals per game (2.33) and No. 6 in shot percentage (.519).
•Freshman Zach Miller is ranked No. 2 in the country in shot percentage (.558), No. 46 in goals per game (2.18) and No. 49 in points per game (3.18).
•Denver has seven student-athletes (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson, Noble, Pace, Cannizzaro) that have tallied 10-or-more points, five (Noble, Adamson, Bobzien, Berg, Miller) with 30-or-more points and two (Berg and Bobzein) with 40-or-more points. Four Pioneers (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson) have scored 20-or-more goals this season.
•Denver is tied for the 6th-best scoring offense in the nation (13.00), the fifth-best scoring margin (4.14) and the second-best shot percentage (.385).