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Men’s lacrosse: St. John’s topples Siena, 8-5

Sunday, 4th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/4/12
From Press Release

Spurred on by the momentum of a five-goal third quarter run, St. John’s went onto claim a home victory saturday over Empire State rival Siena (1-2, 0-0), 8-5.

The Red Storm improves to 2-1 (0-0, BIG EAST) and moves to a perfect 2-0 record at DaSilva Memorial Field this season.

The five goals was the fewest allowed by a Red Storm team since a 13-5 home win over BIG EAST rival Providence on April 10, 2010. It is also the first 2-0 home start for St. John’s since the 2010 season when head coach Jason Miller led the Red Storm to victories over Holy Cross and Vermont.

The Red Storm controlled possession for a majority of the afternoon leading to goals from five different players. Hot-starting sophomore Kieran McArdle, Keith Switzer and freshly trimmed Charlie Holenstein all led the way with two goals apiece. Junior goalie Jeff Lowman stopped 12 shots throughout the contest, as he turned away plenty of good Siena chances. Dillon Ayers brought an inspired defensive effort with five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

The Saints appeared to be the aggressor early on as Collin Parkerhurst and Colin Clive both netted first quarter goals to put Siena up 2-0. Sophomore standouts McArdle and Kevin Cernuto would connect as Cernuto set up McArdle’s first goal of the day. The score put the duo over 100 points combined for their short careers and settled the score at 2-1 heading into the second quarter.

Cernuto would notch his second and final assist of the day on a man-up feed to Terence Leach to tie the game at 2-2. Lowman and Saints’ goaltender Tom Morr ensured a low-scoring affair with their stellar goalkeeping as each finished the day with double-digit saves. Despite a 23-17 halftime shot advantage, St. John’s went into the locker room knotted at two with its MAAC counterparts.

After the intermission Harry Kutner provided the Red Storm with its first lead of the game, sending in a tough shovel shot to make the score 3-2. Preseason All-American selection, Bryan Neufeld tied the score at three, but was held in check most of the day by the stingy St. John’s defense finishing with just two points. Switzer scored his first goal of the contest after a gritty effort from behind the cage sent him sprawling across the crease as the ball slipped past Morr.

Late in the third quarter, Holenstein would catch fire and change the momentum of the game with two goals in the last ten seconds of the period. The first was set up by a tough Connor Mullen clear that allowed the senior to unload from long range into the upper netting. The second goal, which brought the score to 7-3 heading into the final quarter, was facilitated by a face-off victory and spinning pass off by Jordan Rothman that fired up the Red Storm bench heading into the game’s final act.

Switzer capped St. John’s five-goal run by depositing a feed from Leach into net. Danny Martinsen would respond just seconds later for the Saints to close the gap to 8-4, but strong defensive efforts from freshman Mark Difrangia (four groundballs, three caused turnovers) and Joe Addona (three groundballs, one caused turnover) kept St. John’s in control. A goal by Chris D’Alberti would bring it to the 8-5 final as the team’s remained scoreless for the final five minutes.

With the win, the Red Storm improves to 16-2 all-time against Siena, and 3-2 under Coach Miller.

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