posted on: Thursday December 2, 2010
John Butler ’11/ Sports Staff
‘Tis the Season. The latest installment of the Providence-URI rivalry is set to go down on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Dunk. If you are heading to the game, be sure to bring along a canned good or a non-perishable food item to support the Student-Athlete Advisory Council’s annual food drive. All collected items will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Alumni Notes. Mark Fayne ’10, who only earlier this year was giving his all at Schneider Arena, is now playing for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Fayne was called up from Albany, New Jersey’s AHL affiliate before Thanksgiving. Fayne joins former teammate Matt Taormina ’09, who is also a member of the Devils, but is currently sidelined due to injury.
No Rest for the Runners. Believe it or not, the Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Teams begin their seasons on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Fordham Invitational in the Bronx. The distance corps. just finished a successful cross country season, which culminated in impressive finishes at the NCAA Championship Meet on Monday, Nov. 22. The harriers will join the sprinters, middle distance runners, and throwers for what should be another successful season.
Marcin and Minogue Named to All-Star Team. After leading Providence to one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, Matt Marcin ’11 and Bryan Minogue ’11 were selected to play in the NEISL All-Star Game on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Harvard.
A Tip of the Cap. A tip of the cap goes out to Marshon Brooks ’11 who looked about as sharp as he ever looked on Monday against Central Connecticut State. Brooks had 26 points against the Blue Demons, and had a masterful showing in the second half that included a couple of slam dunks, some treys, and some impressive lay-ups. Brooks’ play sparked a Friars’ run that ultimately gave them a 34 point lead.
Thrice as Nice. It took three overtime periods, but the Women’s Basketball Team ultimately fell to Alabama on the road over the weekend. The Friars came up on the short end of an 82-80 decision. The contest was the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
Horned Frogs Cloud the Big East’s Future. The reaction to Texas Christian University joining the Big East this week was generally positive. But adding a football school has inevitably raised questions about the future of the conference, especially if the upper tier were to separate from the lower tier, of which Providence (at this time, anyway) is a member. So be vigilant, Friar fans, because if the Jim Calhouns of the world have their way, Providence will be left out in the cold.
This Week’s On-Campus Game to Catch. The Men’s Hockey Team is set to take on a strong Maine team on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena. Providence is coming off of an up-and-down week which was marred by a shutout at the hands of Northeastern in Boston. Maine, meanwhile, brings a 4-2-1 Hockey East record to town, along with a No. 9 ranking on the national scene. The game should be competitive, especially considering that the Friars are unbeaten at home this season. This Week’s Off-Campus Game to Read About. The Swim Team is competing in the Harol Anderson Invitational on Friday, Dec. 3, which features some of the best swimmers in the Northeast. Expect the Friars to turn in a good performance in the water and from the diving board. Providence, which got a full week of practice in this week because there were no meets scheduled, should qualify some more swimmers and divers for the Big East Championship Meet in February.