On Sports

Former Providence Journal sports writer Mike Szostak blogs regularly with news and analysis about sports in Rhode Island.

When I read of the achievements of young people like Sarah Andrews and Matt Salit, I shake my head and wonder how they do all that they do. Athletes, scholars, community volunteers, they approach every ask with laser focus. They are amazing.

When I read of their achievements, I also feel confident about the future of our nation.

Befitting a rivalry that spans 127 games over 94 years, Providence College and the University of Rhode Island put on a show for a packed house of 12,246 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Wednesday night. Providence withstood a furious URI rally in the last two minutes of the game, escaped with a 68-60 victory, snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-3 on the season. 

URI suffered its fifth consecutive loss to Providence and slipped to 5-3 this season. The Rams made only 12 of 22 free throws, and those misses may have cost them the game.

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Yellow caution flags fly over Friartown today in the wake of Brown’s stunning 77-67 victory over Providence College Monday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The loss was the third in a row for the Friars after a 6-0 start to the season and left them fewer than 48 hours to figure out what’s wrong before they return to The Dunk Wednesday night or their annual battle with the University of Rhode Island.

The Providence College men's soccer team is heading to East Lansing, Mich., for an NCAA Division I Soccer Championship quarterfinal match on Friday against No. 3 Michigan State. The Friars earned their first trip to the Elite Eight with a 1-0 victory over the University of California Irvine on Sunday night at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex. PC improved to 15-4-2, a school record for victories in a season. The 1984 team won 14.

Providence College’s record-breaking soccer team will return to the pitch Sunday night for the third round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship. The Friars will play the University of California Irvine at 7 at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex on the PC campus.

Providence (14-4-2) is enjoying its best season and a season of firsts. Big East championship. NCAA Tournament first-round bye. Third-round appearance. Simultaneous Big East Tournament offensive and defensive MVPs. The 14 victories tie the program’s best finish 30 years ago.

URI upsets No. 21 Nebraska and receives votes in the national polls.

PC beats Florida State and Notre Dame in the same tournament and earns a No. 25 ranking in the USA Today national coaches’ poll.

What in the name of James Naismith is going on here?

URI’s long-suffering basketball fans were ecstatic after their Rams edged the Cornhuskers, 66-62, in overtime Saturday before a packed house at the Ryan Center. Sophomore E.C. Matthews led the way with a 26-point, 10-rebound effort that garnered him the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week honor for the first time.

The University of Rhode Island football team finally celebrated victory Saturday with its 13-7 season-ending victory over Towson at Meade Stadium.  URI also snapped its 15-game losing streak, avoided its second winless season in the last three and gave Jim Fleming his first triumph as head coach in Kingston. The Rams finished their 12th consecutive losing season with a 1-11 record, 1-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The college football regular season in Rhode Island ends Saturday with Bryant wrapping up its most successful season in Division I, Brown trying to salvage a .500 rebuilding campaign and URI hoping to avoid its second winless season in three years.

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