McKinney's OT Goal Lifts Georgetown Over No. 14 St. John's

St. John's outshot Georgetown 45-41 but finished behind in the groundball category, 40-33. The Red Storm totaled 14 of 31 on faceoffs. Reilly O'Connor led the Hoyas with four goals and one assist, while goalie Jake Haley recorded 13 saves.

From the game's opening minutes, Alex Lagodich set the tone for a fast-paced, nine-goal first quarter with an unassisted goal at 13:29. Georgetown would rattle off three straight tallies as Joe Bucci, Grant Fisher and Bo Stafford all found the net for the Hoyas. Keith Switzer took it himself and beat Haley to bring the score to 3-2 on the next St. John's possession.

Brandon Ayers evened the game on the next possession as McArdle found him streaking open toward cage and the senior midfielder buried it into the net. McCormick scored to take the lead back for the Hoyas but Fitzgerald took a McArdle pass and scored again to knot the score at four. O'Connor closed the first quarter with an unassisted goal to give the Hoyas a 5-4 advantage at the close of the first 15 minutes.

McArdle found the net just over two minutes into the second quarter with a quick lefty shot. Cernuto proceeded with his first tally as well approximately a minute later off a pass from Fitzgerald. The Red Storm grabbed its largest lead of the game after McArdle scored and then assisted Fitzgerald on the man-up to put St. John's on top 8-5. Bucci and O'Connor scored consecutive goals for the Hoyas to bring the halftime ledger to 8-7 in favor of the Red Storm.

The injury to Lowman forced St. John's to turn to the freshman Burke who had played just over four minutes on the season thus far. Burke responded with four third quarter saves to help keep St. John's in the game. Cernuto opened the third quarter by finishing off a McArdle feed to give St. John's a 9-7 lead. O'Connor scored off the ensuing faceoff after Tyler Knarr won and fed the crease for Georgetown.

James Bonanno, the Wantagh, N.Y. native, scored in his return trip to the island, and St. John's took a 10-8 lead. O'Connor scored for the Hoyas unassisted before Fitzgerald converted off another pass from McArdle as the three combined all three of Fitzgerald's goals. Travis Comeau scored his only goal for Georgetown followed by Jason McFadden's man-up goal to end the quarter with a tie score of 11-11.

St. John's was 7-0 on the season when leading or tied heading into the fourth quarter, but a McKinney goal at the beginning of the fourth capped a three-goal run for the Hoyas and gave Georgetown its first lead since 12:47 in the second quarter. Cernuto scored on the man-up with an assist from Dillon Ayers to tie the score.

McArdle stepped up and connected on a difficult shot to put St. John's ahead, 13-12, with 6:29 left to play in the game. The Red Storm controlled possession for most of the final minutes but Georgetown benefitted off an unsettled situation and created a scoring chance in the game's final seconds. Burke stopped the initial Georgetown effort but McCormick scooped up the rebound and hit the top corner to send the game into overtime.

The Hoyas won the opening faceoff and called timeout to set up their offense. Dan McKinney beat his man to the inside and finished off the Georgetown comeback.

St. John's is now 2-11 all-time against Georgetown and lost the first match-up between the Big East rivals on a neutral field.

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2013-04-06



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