Sport Shorts 05/04/23

by The Cowl Editor on May 4, 2023

Friar Sports

O’Livia Lopes ’26

Sports Staff


The Providence College men’s lacrosse team is now at 6–8 overall, holding a 2–3 Big East Conference record. On April 21, the Friars fell to the University of Denver in a match that ended 6–13. Ryan Bell ’25 led the scoring with three points on two goals and one assist. Matt Grillo ’23 also led with two goals for the Friars. Richard Joseph ’26 and Chris Simonton ’25 contributed with assists to Bell and Grillo. On April 29, the Friars matched up against St. John’s University took home a 12–11 win. Michael Chabra ’24 led the games, scoring with five points on five goals, and Bell scored his 100th career point. This victory secured Providence as the No. 4 seed and earned the Friars a seat in the Big East Tournament.


The Providence College softball team is  15–29 overall with a 6–15 record in the Big East Conference. On April 18 the Friars fell short 5–6 to Harvard University, and lost against Boston College 0–6 on April 19. The Friars then faced Seton Hall University in a three-game series, losing all three consecutively. On April 26 the Friars won 3–2 where Elysia Cunnigan ’23 pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn her fourth win of the season. April 28 started the Friars three-game homestand where they won two out of the three games against Creighton University. The first win was started by Rachel Petrarca ’26 who led off the inning with a single. The pitching from Cunnigan and Riley Quirk ’26 allowed a combined five hits and zero runs. In the second match, Providence had tied the Bluejays at the bottom of the sixth inning when Gabriella Sebastian ’26 scored on a wild pitch to win the game for the Friars. Up next is a three-game series against Villanova University on May 5.

Track & Field 

The Providence men’s and women’s track and field teams ran in the Penn Relays on April 27. For the men, all Providence Runners finished within the top five for the 10K Penn Relays. Marcelo Rocha ’23 claimed the championship title in the 10K run with a finish time of 28:53.42. David McGlynn ’GS23 secured runner up with a time of 28:59.86 and Shane Coffey placed fourth  with a finish time of 29:22.84.

As for the women’s team, the Friars took first place in the 4x1500m relays making this the first time Friars XC Track has accomplished this since 1991 with a school record of 17:11.35. Kimberly May ’25 edged out Oklahoma State’s Billah Jepkirui on the anchor leg to earn the win with a lead time of 17:11.35 to 17:11.70. Providence now claims the No. 4 spot in the program for the first time ever in collegiate history.