Red Storm Lacrosse Looks to Take Next Step in 2013

QUEENS, N.Y. (Feb. 12, 2013) The St. John's lacrosse program heads into the 2013 season with 27 returning letterwinners and seven incumbent starters from a team that advanced to the inaugural Big East Lacrosse Championship in 2012.

The Red Storm's 8-7 finish was the first winning record for the program since reinstatement and earned a No. 20 ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the season. The year was highlighted by a couple of exciting victories over top-20 opponents including a win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame in the Big East semifinals.

The 2012 season was a special one for St. John's lacrosse, but all that means for the 2013 campaign is that now the Red Storm has a target on its back that opponents now have their sights set on.

Despite a daunting schedule and a growing respect around the Division I landscape, the Red Storm roster features a host of talented players who have their sights on continuing to elevate the program to the next level.

The Red Storm lacrosse team will be in the spotlight throughout the 2013 season with five games being nationally broadcasted on ESPN3. An agreement between the St. John's Television Network (STJ-TV) and ESPN have secured four Red Storm lacrosse games on ESPN3 produced by STJ-TV along in addition to the ESPN produced game against Syracuse at the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic. The five games on ESPN are tied with Syracuse for the third most nationally broadcasted contests in 2013. Only Johns Hopkins (11) and Maryland (6) will be featured more on the ESPN family of networks.

The agreement brings St. John's University Athletics events to a national audience of 83 million households via the multi-screen ESPN3 network, which is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, through smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app, and through ESPN on Xbox. By way of providers like Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Verizon, all of New York and much of the Tri-State area now has access to ESPN3 programming, including the exclusive 2012-13 St. John's broadcast slate.

Attack

A trio of junior attackmen, Kieran McArdle, Kevin Cernuto and Colin Keegan, all return as starters for the Red Storm up front after combining for 63 goals and 47 assists in 2012. Each brings a specific skill set to the table and the three have continued to grow as a unit since arriving in Queens two years ago.

McArdle is the most heralded player of the group having earned All-Big East First Team and USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2012 and a Preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year selection in 2013 as well. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y. native is as skilled as anyone in the nation at attacking from the X and has incredible field vision that propelled him to 28 goals and 32 assists last season. McArdle enters the 2013 season just one point shy of 100 with a career 49 goals and 50 assists and is only the sixth player in St. John's history to join the 40-goal, 40-assist club. McArdle led the Big East in points (3.77) and assists (2.00) per game during the 2012 regular season and finished the year ranked 10th nationally in points and sixth in assists.

McArdle grabbed the spotlight in 2012 but Cernuto had a tremendous impact on the Red Storm's success with 24 goals and 11 assists. Cernuto is deadly with his righty underhand shot that has led to 48 goals in his first two seasons at St. John's. The Neshanic Station, N.J. native posted four hat-tricks during the year including three-goal afternoons against Big East rivals Syracuse and Villanova. With the firepower provided by McArdle and Cernuto, Keegan can often get overshadowed. When the pair receives double-teams, the right-handed attacker has shown a knack for finding openings around the crease and putting points on the board. Keegan performed huge in the 2012 season's two biggest games with a pair of goals in the overtime victory at Georgetown and a goal and two assists against Notre Dame in the Big East semifinals.

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