Top-Ranked Notre Dame Knocked off by No. 20 St. John's

Nick Ossello got one back for the Irish to cut the St. John's lead to 5-3 with 5:25 left in the second quarter. Tyler Kimball scored another unassisted goal for Notre Dame and brought the Irish back within one goal with 2:37 remaining in the first half. With less than a minute left in the half, St. John's received a man-up opportunity and McArdle took a pass from Mullen and hit an absolute snipe from a difficult left-side angle. The tally put the Red Storm up 6-4 heading into the intermission.

Cernuto kept the Red Storm on the offensive to start the second half as he beat his man and put one past Kemp on the first possession to put St. John's on top 7-4. The Johnnies remained on the attack as a transition opportunity allowed Cernuto to find a streaking Mullen for the Red Storm's eighth goal of the afternoon.

The Irish responded with a pair of goals as Steve Murphy and Rogers scored for the Fighting Irish. Cernuto helped kill the Notre Dame momentum with his third goal of the game, as he glided past his man to the left and went low into the net. Unselfish transition lacrosse resulted in the Red Storm's tenth goal as McArdle passed up an open look and fed an open Keegan who finished with his left to put St. John's up 10-6 to end the third.

Kimball pulled the Irish within three as he beat Lowman from the outside to bring the score to 10-7 early in the fourth. The Red Storm would take advantage of another transition chance as Keegan dished to Cernuto and the junior faked his way past Kemp to put St. John's up 11-7. The attackmen would reverse roles on the next position as Cernuto fed Keegan in front of goal and the junior finished increasing the lead to 12-7.

Rogers showed some flair with a behind the back goal that also drew a penalty as the Irish pulled within four. St. John's would kill off the penalty and tighten up on the defensive end until Matt Kavanagh added two more goals to cut the deficit to 12-10 with 56 seconds remaining. Dillon Ayers picked up a crucial groundball on the faceoff which allowed the Red Storm to run out the clock and start the celebration in South Bend.

St. John's returns to the field next Saturday for the Battle of Bethpage in Bethpage, N.Y. as the Red Storm takes on Big East rival Georgetown at 2:00 p.m.

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2013-03-30



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