Syracuse Runs Past St. John's to Win Big East, NCAA Berth

McArdle factored in all four St. John's goals, recorded two goals and two assists. Harry Kutner also added one goal and one assist for the Red Storm, while Lowman totaled 13 saves in the cage.

Game Notes: Syracuse's first-half shutout marked the first time the Orange blanked an opponent in a half since April 16, 2011 versus Providence (second half) ... The Orange's five man-up goals in the game were its most since netting five at Virginia in 2010 ... Eilers scored at least two goals for the sixth time in the last seven games ... Marasco's third-quarter assist extended his streak to 24 straight games with at least one point ... Marasco has a point in 32 of the last 33 games overall ... Brandon Mullins (Coppell, Texas) set a career high with five ground balls ... Palasek has now has five games with at least three assists this season.

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VILLANOVA, PA No. 3 seed Syracuse defeated No. 4 seed St. John's 12-4 in the Big East Men's Lacrosse Championship final on May 5 at Villanova Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,586 to earn the first-ever Big East Championship title. Syracuse (9-7) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

After seniors Bobby Eilers and Tommy Palasek each scored four points in the semifinal win against Villanova on Thursday, they picked up where they left off in the final, connecting to score the first two goals of the game. The first one came four minutes into the first quarter as Palasek fed Eilers, while the second was a repeat performance five minutes later on a two-man-up goal. Sophomore Derek Maltz scored before Palasek scored one of his own to make it 4-0.

SU started the second half with two more as redshirt-senior Tim Desko found the back of the net and Palasek netted his second goal of the game for his fifth point of the game. Palasek had a hand in five of Syracuse's first six goals.

Seven seconds into the second half, junior Luke Cometti scored off an assist from Eilers to keep the momentum going for Syracuse.

Sophomore Kieran McArdle, the league's leading scorer during the regular season, ended the scoring draught for the Red Storm (8-7) as he scored an unassisted goal a minute into the second half. Four minutes later, McArdle scored his second goal of the game off an assist from senior Harry Kutner.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, McArdle dished the ball out to Kutner, who cut the Orange lead to six, making it a 9-3 game.

Syracuse again responded with the connection of Palasek and Eilers, as Palasek netted his third goal of the game.

Freshman Matt Walters scored his first goal of the game as Palasek racked up his sixth point of the game on an assist and his 11th point of the tournament. SU added another goal, but St. John's responded with a score from sophomore Kevin Cernuto off an assist from McArdle to make the final 12-4.

Syracuse advanced to the final after defeating No. 2 seed Villanova. The Orange ended the game on a 10-2 run to record a 15-6 victory over the Wildcats. St. John's upset No. 1 seed Notre Dame 8-7 in the first semifinal of the evening. The Red Storm jumped out to a big lead, taking an 8-3 advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Irish mounted a comeback, scoring four goals in the fourth quarter. The Red Storm were able to hold oft. f the comeback and advance to the inaugural championship title game.

Syracuse has 11 NCAA titles and has made 31 NCAA tournament appearances.

St. John's achieved the highest win total since program reinstatement in 2005 with eight. The victory over No. 2 Notre Dame was also the highest ranked opponent St. John's has beaten.

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