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

It was the first time St. John's had been shutout in the first half since last year's 9-4 loss to Stony Brook on March 15.

A man-up goal by Luke Cometti to begin the second half gave Syracuse an 8-0 lead. McArdle broke the drought for the Red Storm as he fought through the defense from behind cage and went full extension in front of crease. The sophomore then scored on the man-up as Harry Kutner fed him near goal and McArdle connected from a tough side angle. Down 8-2 with 10:43 to play in the third, St. John's couldn't fully swing the momentum as both teams remained scoreless until Billy Ward put the Orange up 9-2 with 1:25 left in the period. Lowman stopped seven shots in the quarter including a sequence of back to back shots straight in front of net.

Kutner tallied St. John's second man-up goal of the game as he took a pass from McArdle and beat goalie Bobby Wardwell five-hole to shrink the lead to 9-3. Three straight Orange goals; however, put the game out of reach for the Red Storm as Syracuse led 12-3 with 6:04 to play. Kevin Cernuto added the final goal of the Red Storm season with an assist from McArdle to bring the final total to 12-4.

The graduating class of seniors, Terence Leach, Matt Hurst, Charlie Holenstein, Kutner, Harrison Freid, Mark Jackson Jr. and Jon Muscarella re-shaped a program that won two games in 2008 and led the Red Storm to an appearance in the first-ever Big East Lacrosse Championship. The group amassed the most wins by any class since the program returned in 2005.

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