posted on: Thursday October 28, 2010
John Butler ’11 / Sports Editor
The Recruits are Coming. Kyan Anderson, a prep school senior from Texas, committed to Providence over the weekend. Anderson, who has been rated among the top 20 players in Texas, joins Markus Crider of Ohio as the two seniors who have committed to play for the Men’s Basketball Team next season. Another high schooler being courted by Providence is Ryan Boatright, but Boatright’s future remains up in the air. He backed out of a commitment to West Virginia last week to consider a list of other schools. The bad news? That list “does not necessarily include the Friars,” according to the Providence Journal Basketball Blog.
Nine is Nice. The Women’s Soccer Team ended its season this week with two losses to conference foes, but that does not mean that the season’s work is over. The Friars won nine games this season—the most wins since 1993. And with the likes of Amanda Webster ’13, Courtney Collins ’12, and Stephanie Leonard ’14 returning next year, Providence will likely pick up right where the team left off this year.
Welcome to America. Don’t look now, but the Volleyball Team is 3-4 in America East play. Having been been a member of the conference for a mere seven games, the Friars have surpassed all expectations. With Lauren Fletcher ’12, Emily Morris ’11, and Shelagh Dolan ’12—the Trusty Trio—at the helm, Providence will likely finish the season at or above .500.
Tagged for Twelfth. The Women’s Basketball Team was predicted to come in twelfth in the Big East in the coaches’ poll released last week. Providence finished in eighth place last year and earned a bid to the WNIT.
A Tip of the Cap. A tip of the cap goes out to Andrew Sousa ’11 of the Men’s Soccer Team. Sousa has scored three goals for the Friars this week. These goals were his first scores of the season. Thanks to Sousa’s scoring, Providence is now in fifth place in the Big East Blue Division and has clinched a berth in the Big East Tournament.
Run so as to Win. All eyes will be on Jamesville, N.Y. this weekend when the Friars compete in the Big East Championship Meet. Providence is expected to run well, and should make a bid for the conference title. The Big East, however, is perennially stocked with the best runners in the nation, which means that nothing is ever guaranteed.
Inside Friartown. A new feature of The Dope Sheet, Inside Friartown, provides an inside look at the coaches of Providence teams. This week: Women’s Hockey Team Head Coach Bob Deraney.
Deraney has been at the helm of the Friars since 1999. From the very outset of his time at PC, Deraney has led his teams to success. He has coached the Friars to five 20-plus win seasons and numerous post-season appearances. Providence has appeared in the Hockey East Tournament every year since the league’s inception thanks in large part to Deraney’s coaching. Hockey, it seems, is in his blood—Deraney was a goaltender at BU in the mid-1980s.
This Week’s On-Campus Game to Catch. An early season clash of Hockey East titans is set to go down at Schneider Arena on Friday, Oct. 29. Boston University comes to town for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with the Friars. This marks the first conference game of the season for both teams. This Week’s Off-Campus Game to Read About. The Swim Team is taking on Fairfield in a matinee dual meet on Sunday, Oct. 31. The meet is expected to be an even match-up, and could go either way.