Lewis Tops Record, but Robert Morris Can't Match St. John's

After a few possessions of scoreless lacrosse, McArdle set up Ryan Fitzgerald for a goal on the man-up to put St. John's ahead 3-1. An unassisted effort from McArdle earned an and-one and the junior fed Stefan Diachenko on the next possession for the Red Storm's second EMO goal of the day. With the Red Storm off to a hot start, Tyler Digby closed the first quarter with a goal to cut the St. John's lead to 5-2 heading into the second.

Keith Switzer scored the Red Storm's sixth goal off a pass from McArdle for his fourth tally of the season. The Red Storm would play opportunistic lacrosse on Robert Morris' next possession as a shot off the post was scooped up by McArdle who set up Cernuto for St. John's first man-down goal of the season. Penalties would cost the Red Storm as the Colonials climbed back into the game with back-to-back goals on the man-up; cutting the lead to 7-4.

The Colonials' leading scorer, Jake Hayes, scored the first and Digby followed with his second of the game. Lagodich ensured the Red Storm would hold control of the game heading into intermission as his goal with 25 seconds left in the second quarter earned St. John's an 8-4 halftime lead.

Lagodich continued fueling the Red Storm offense with another righty dodge toward net to extend the lead to 9-4. A three-minute penalty on Rothman for an illegal stick heading into the next faceoff provided some life for Robert Morris, but an impressive kill by the St. John's man-down unit kept the Red Storm in command. McArdle scored St. John's third man-up goal of the game after Cernuto found him free near the cage.

Keegan and McArdle would then score consecutive goals in the middle of the third quarter to give the Red Storm its biggest lead of the game at 12-4 with 9:49 left in the third. Robert Morris responded with a three-goal run as Hayes, Digby and Laszkiewicz all connected for the Colonials to bring the tally to 12-7. A man-up goal from Keegan with an assist from McArdle closed the third quarter scoring and put St. John's up 13-7 to close the period.

McArdle scored unassisted to open the fourth quarter, but Robert Morris' faceoff man Nicholas Beaudoin won the ensuing faceoff and barreled his way towards goal to add another for the Colonials. Brandon Ayers freed himself up in the midfield and weaved through the Robert Morris defense to put St. John's up 15-8. Dave Morton, who had five goals last week against Hobart, scored his first goal of the game for the Colonials with 11:04 to play.

McArdle finished his sixth opportunity of the game with 8:41 left and put the Red Storm up 16-9. Digby and Connor Martin tallied goals for the Colonials to push the score to 16-11 with just over seven minutes on the clock. Connor Mullen scored the Red Storm's final man-up goal with 5:22 left in the game on McArdle's seventh-assist to reach the final score of 17-11. The teams played scoreless the rest of the way, and the Red Storm burned off the final minutes.

The Red Storm stays on the road for a key Big East showdown at Notre Dame on Sat., March 30 with faceoff set for 1:00 p.m.ET.

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2013-03-23



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