McArdle Paces St. John's to Victory over Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. Kieran McArdle posted three goals and six assists for nine points for the Red Storm as Holy Cross fell to St. John's, 11-9, on Saturday at the Hart Turf Field in the season-opener for both teams.

With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Red Storm begin 1-0 overall. Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) and senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored three goals for the Crusaders, while senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) tallied two goals and one assist for three points.

After McArdle gave the Red Storm an early 1-0 lead, Hannan netted two straight goals. His second goal was assisted by senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.). After Alex Lagodich tied the contest at 2-2 with 5:21 left in the first quarter, but just 11 seconds later Haarmann gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with a goal off a pass by junior Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.).

Ryan Fitzgerald tied the contest at 3-3 for the Red Storm with 13:12 left in the second quarter. After a goal by Haarmann off a pass from Gillespie, McArdle scored the last goal of the quarter as the game was tied at 4-4 at the half.

The Crusaders scored the first two goals of the second half when Gillespie and Hannan found the back of the net. After a goal by McArdle, junior Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a 7-5 advantage with 10:48 left in the third quarter.

The Red Storm then scored four straight goals to move out to a 9-7 lead. Haarmann then cut the lead to 9-8, but Lagodich netted a goal for the 10-8 lead. Gillespie made it a 10-9 game with 4:03 remaining in the fourth. A man-up goal by Stefan Diachenko with 2:09 left clinched the 11-9 victory for the Red Storm.

Junior goalie Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made 12 saves, while Jeff Lowman posted eight saves for the Red Storm. St. John's outshot Holy Cross, 39-27, while the Red Storm posted 36 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 20. The Red Storm won 13 of the 23 face-offs. The Crusaders went 0-1 on man-advantage opportunities, while the Red Storm went 1-3.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they host Hartford at 3:00 p.m.

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Worcester, Mass. (Feb. 16, 2013) St. John's lacrosse passed its opening season test as it left Holy Cross with an 11-9 victory over the Crusaders spurred on by the career day of Kieran McArdle who finished with three goals and six assists.

McArdle posted career-highs in both assists and points which he originally set in last season's meeting with Holy Cross on Feb. 18, 2012. The numbers are also good for the highest tallies since the program was reinstated in 2005, as the junior attackman broke his own records, also established in last year's game against Holy Cross.

McArdle also became just the second player since program reinstatement to reach 100 career points; doing so in just 30 games. The junior now has 52 goals, 56 assists and 108 points for his career. The only other Red Storm player to reach 100 points since 2005 was Tom Michaelsen who amassed 117 points from 2005-2008.

Alex Lagodich scored a pair of goals and Kevin Cernuto finished with a goal and two assists. Chris Hughes and Stefan Diachenko both recorded their first career-goals as members of the Red Storm.

Dillon Ayers and Brandon Ayers finished the game with five groundballs apiece and Ricky Cotton added four groundball pick-ups in his first collegiate game to help St. John's win the faceoff battle 13 to 10. Jeff Lowman stopped eight Crusader shots including three in the fourth quarter that helped preserve the Red Storm lead.

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