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

The Hoyas answered with another goal but McArdle responded with a nice dodge toward the front of the crease and beat the goalie down low to put St. John's up 4-2. The team's traded goals again as Brian Casey scored through a tight window for Georgetown followed by Kutner and McArdle running the two-man game to perfection as McArdle dropped one off for a quick lefty strike by Kutner that gave St. John's a 5-3 lead heading into the half.

Early in the third quarter, the Red Storm was on the man-up for the third time and Terence Leach got an easy goal when McArdle found him open right in front of net. The goal increased Leach's team lead in goals (18) and extra-man goals (9). Keegan would make an opportunity from the top of the zone count as he found the back of the net for the second time on the afternoon to push the lead to 7-3. In a game of runs, Georgetown would make the biggest, taking control with six-straight scores to finish the third quarter up 9-7.

St. John's regrouped and responded following the intermission with a couple of tough goals to tie things up at nine. Cernuto scored first on a run from behind the cage which gave the sophomore his 16th goal of the season. Then Alex Lagodich followed by beating his man off the run and sending in a lefty bounce shot to level the score. The tie didn't last long as Georgetown would score off the very next faceoff to go back up 10-9. McArdle returned the favor with a run from behind net that set up a lefty shot and a 10-10 tie with 8:35 to play.

Another two-goal run by Georgetown seemed to put the game out of reach; but instead, set the Red Storm up for its late game heroics. The Hoyas were able to kill off a penalty with 57 seconds left to play and had the victory in their hands before Joe Addona came up with a caused turnover and groundball to put the offense in position to execute.

The win allows St. John's to control its own destiny the rest of the way. One more victory against either Villanova and Providence and the Red Storm will have clinched a spot in the inaugural Big East Lacrosse Tournament and the right to play some May lacrosse.

St. John's wraps up its seven game road swing with a trip to Villanova next weekend for a 4:00 p.m. faceoff.

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2012-04-07



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