St. John's Rallies, Prevails Over Siena on Late Goal

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. St. John's Colin Keegan scored the game-winning goal his fifth of the day with 3:18 remaining as the Red Storm rallied past Siena 12-11 at Siena Turf Field. Colin Clive, Richie Hurley and Danny Martinsen all posted four points for the Saints.

Siena (1-3) scored the first three goals of the second half, taking their biggest lead of the day at 9-5 with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter. But St. John's (3-1) scored the next four goals to even the contest at 9-9 heading into the final quarter.

In a seesaw fourth quarter, Siena took its final lead on a Kyle Curry goal with 11:52 remaining. But the Red Storm scored twice in the span of 15 seconds to reclaim an 11-10 lead with 8:34 remaining and never trailed again.

Clive completed the hat trick, finishing a nice feed from Hurley to tie the game one final time with 6:05 remaining, but Keegan had the final say as St. John's beat the Saints for the 16th time in 18 all-time meetings.

Reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week Kevin Cernuto added four goals for St. John's while conference Preseason Player of the Year Kieran McArdle came through late with a goal and two assists for the Red Storm which entered the day amongst teams also receiving votes to be ranked in both the USILA Coaches' and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls.

Siena out-shot St. John's 56-43, but the Saints only put 25 of those targets on goal. Red Storm goalie Jeff Lowman came up big late and finished with 14 saves, while Matt Sharp stopped 12 shots for the Saints.

Curry and Conor Prunty added a pair of goals apiece for the Saints, while Nate Barry dished out two assists.

Siena's challenging early season schedule continues with a quick turnaround Tuesday. The Saints travel to defending America East Champion Stony Brook for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff.

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Loudonville, N.Y. (March 2, 2013) St. John's (3-1) was staring down an 0-2 week trailing Siena (1-3), 9-5, with 8:34 to play in the third quarter, but scored seven goals down the stretch to complete the 12-11 comeback victory at Siena on Saturday, March 2.

The Red Storm rattled off four goals in the final 6:18 of the third quarter to even the score heading into the final period. It was the largest comeback by a Red Storm team since St. John's overcame a four-goal deficit in an 11-10 victory at Rutgers on April 3, 2010. St. John's improves to 16-2 all-time against Siena and 4-2 under head coach Jason Miller.

Colin Keegan led the charge with a career-high five goals, including the game-winner, while also tying five other players for the most goals in a game since program reinstatement in 2005. Fellow attackmen Kevin Cernuto tied a career-best with four goals on the afternoon and Kieran MCardle totaled a goal and two assists.

Standing strong between the pipes was Jeff Lowman who finished with 14 saves as the Saints fired 56 total shots. The Ayers brothers both recorded points on the afternoon with Brandon Ayers scoring a fourth quarter goal and Dillon Ayers dishing out a transition assist.

The pair also combined for seven groundballs, three caused turnovers and helped St. John's to a 14 for 16 performance in the clearing game. Jordan Rothman and Mario Carrera both went an identical 7 for 13 at the faceoff X to give the Red Storm a 14-12 advantage for the game.

Siena got off to a hot start with the first six shots of the game, but Lowman hung tough stopping a pair of shots on the first possession. Alex Lagodich struck first for St. John's with a strong run out of a timeout for his fifth score of the season. Siena would rattle off back-to-back goals as Danny Martinsen and Conor Prunty found the net for the Saints. Hustling until the final whistle, Keegan found himself at the right place at the right time as he scooped up a Keith Switzer bouncer and scored just as the first quarter buzzer sounded.

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