St. John's Ties It on Two Late Goals, Nips #20 Hoyas in OT

In overtime, GU goalie Matt Winter, who finished with nine saves, deflected a shot out of bounds. St. John's retained possession and 30 seconds later, Ryan Fitgerald scored the game-winner for the Red Storm to defeat the Hoyas, 13-12.

The Hoyas will return to action on Sunday, April 15 when they host Big East rival Notre Dame at 1:00 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.

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Washington D.C. (April 7, 2012) In a matter of moments, the mood on the St. John's (6-4, 2-2) sideline went from heartbreak to euphoria as two Red Storm goals in the game's final throes set up an overtime 13-12 victory over No. 20 Georgetown (5-5, 1-2).

A team that's suffered through the frustration of numerous close call upsets, the Red Storm flipped the script in dramatic fashion against the Hoyas. Trailing 12-10 with only 42 seconds remaining, St. John's took a timeout to set up the final push. Things went according to plan from there, as Ryan Fitzgerald promptly connected on a tough shot from the right side with 21 seconds left.

Despite struggling throughout the second half, Jordan Rothman was able to grind out a win on the next faceoff which eventually led to senior Harry Kutner fighting through a hold and converting a left-handed shot to tie the score at 12 with only seven seconds remaining. The regulation drama wasn't quite over as goalie Jeff Lowman turned away two point blank shots by Georgetown after the ensuing faceoff.

Rothman would win the opening faceoff in overtime and Kevin Cernuto almost ended things immediately but his effort went just wide of the netting. After a timeout, Fitzgerald attacked a short pole with a pretty spin move that freed the sophomore up in front of goal for the game winner. Fitzgerald's two timely goals brought the midfielder to nine tallies in the last five games.

The victory was as monumental as it was exciting for St. John's as it claimed its first triumph over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 5 Georgetown on Feb. 27, 2009. The Red Storm players also left the field carrying the distinction as the only team in program history to win at Georgetown. It was also the first overtime victory for the Red Storm since an 8-7 victory against Vermont on March 20, 2010. The season's sixth victory also gives head coach Jason Miller his highest season total and the most Red Storm wins in one year since the program's reinstatement.

St. John's is starting to make last minute comebacks a bit of a habit as the Red Storm topped Rutgers 7-6 thanks to a pair of late-game goals on March 17. In that game St. John's needed just a bit more time as it scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in an 18 second span.

Kieran McArdle finished the game with a team-high six points on two goals and four assists. It is the fourth time this season the sophomore has recorded at least five points in a game. Kutner finished with three goals and an assist and Cernuto scored on two unassisted efforts. Lowman had a season-high 17 saves. Defenseman Harrison Freid had arguably his best performance as a Johnnie with four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

The first quarter of the game was a stalemate until the final twenty seconds due to sloppy play by both sides and six saves by Lowman. Colin Keegan gave St. John's the first lead of the game as he converted a man-up opportunity off a feed from McArdle at the end of the first quarter.

Heading into the second quarter leading 1-0, Cernuto scored coming from behind the right side of the cage to move the lead to 2-0. Georgetown got its first goal of the game with 8:29 left in the half to bring the score to 2-1. Kutner would cash in on the second man-up opportunity of the game, as he found the back of the net from the right side off another assist from McArdle.

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