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College Crosse Game Day: How To Watch, Attachments, & Open Thread For April 18, 2017

Four games on tap, including a rivalry game in Rhode Island.

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Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. Cells with $$ signs in them indicate streams that require a subscription or a pay wall (THERE ARE NONE FOR TONIGHT!). Everything else should be free or on your basic ESPN plan. Let’s go to the Big Board!!

Game Previews

All four games don’t mean much at all since they’re all nonconference games. They’re all good matchups, but about seven teams have no shot of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large. Providence has a very small chance, but they still have quality opponents to go through.

Brown @ Providence: This is my game of the night, and maybe the only notable game. It’s an Ocean State Cup battle between the two teams (Bryant is also involved in the Rhode Island Tournament), and Brown needs to win in order to stay above .500. They lost to Yale on Saturday and are hovering around in the Ivy League for a tournament spot. Dylan Molloy has only 31 goals and 20 assists on the season, but he could move up in career numbers tonight. He’s 11th in points with 298 and could move up to ninth with six points tonight, which would tie him with Siena’s Tony Asterino and Duke’s Jordan Wolf. He’s also tied with Wolf and Johns Hopkins’ Terry Riorden with 184 career goals, good for ninth all-time, and is four away from seventh place, and 22 behind first place all-time, held by Duke’s Zach Greer. Meanwhile, Larken Kemp is five points shy of Bryant’s Mason Poli’s record of 55 points for a long pole. Kemp’s 50 points has been done in 11 fewer games than Poli.

Currently, Molloy leads the team in all offensive scoring categories, but behind him in points is freshman attackman Luke McCaleb, who has 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points. Junior midfielder and La Salle College High School product Stephen Hudak is second on the team with 21 goals and third on the team with 27 points. Ted Ottens is facing off at a 58.8% win percentage, while freshman goaltender Phil Goss has a 50.4% save percentage. He also leads the nation with 130 saves.

For the Friars, they look to tie a program record with 10 wins tonight, and also beat Brown for the first time in 20-plus meetings. Providence has the all-time record at 21-0, while Brown has it 22-0. The bulk of their offense comes from two sophomores, midfielder Nick Hatzipetrakos and attackman Brendan Kearns. Hatzipetrakos is the feeder and leads the team with 18 assists and 38 points, while Kearns is the finisher with a team-high 26 goals and 35 points.

But their strength is probably on defense, with an experienced unit nonetheless. The main guy is senior Jarrod Neumann, who has 14 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. He’s one of the best defensemen in the nation, and will probably be on Molloy tonight. His counterparts include junior James Barclay and senior Jimmy Cunningham. Barclay has 27 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers, while Cunningham has 28 GBs and a team-high 14 caused turnovers. Finally, as we talked about sophomores already, let’s talk about goaltender Tate Boyce, maybe one of the more underrated goaltenders in the nation. Boyce is currently ranked second in the nation in goals-against average with 6.67, and save percentage at 61.2%. His goaltending coach last year: former Syracuse All-American and current Jacksonville BOSS John Galloway, who tutored 2015 Big East Goaltender of the Year Peter Badgley. Could Providence get their first ever win over the Bears?

If you’re a student in the area, I highly suggest you go. Free pizza says it all.

Attachments

Make sure you check out today’s Prospectus and our Poll Aggregation!

The Hawks are countering with their shirt and food combo!

Song of the Day

It’s Tuesday.

Games start at 7! I’ll see you out there!!