McArdle Scores Six, OT Game Winner as St. John's Nips Hofstra

QUEENS, N.Y. (March 18, 2014) – Senior Kieran McArdle netted the game-winning extra-man goal 1:36 into the first overtime period to hand the St. John's lacrosse team a record-breaking 11-10 victory over local rival Hofstra in non-conference action from DaSilva Field on Tuesday afternoon.

McArdle's game-winner capped a six-goal, eight-point performance which saw the attackman become the program's all-time career points leader with 222. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native and Red Storm co-captain takes the over title of program scoring leader from St. John's Hall of Famer Mike Bolger, who held the distinction for 27 years after finishing his illustrious career with 219 points.

“Everybody here and certainly everybody in the country knows who we are going to in crunch time,” said Red Storm head coach Jason Miller, referring to McArdle. “That's what makes the great ones. What makes Kieran great is that he makes the plays. We're going to work hard to give him opportunities to do what he does knowing that he has the unique ability of making the play. There's not another guy I'd rather have with the ball in that situation than him.”

Tuesday's victory over the Pride marks the Red Storm's second in a row over its local rival, a program first, after St. John's knocked off No. 7/6 Hofstra last season by a score of 7-6 in another thriller from DaSilva Field on March 19. St. John's improves to 4-3 (1-0 Big East) in the current campaign while the Pride drops to 4-3 (1-0 CAA).

The Red Storm also improves to 4-0 when playing in Queens this season, marking the first time since program reinstatement in 2005 that St. John's has won its opening four home contests in a campaign.

McArdle's six goals on Tuesday tie a career high as well as the most since program reinstatement. The senior last scored six times in a neutral-site victory over Robert Morris on March 23 of last year in a game that saw the 2013 Big East Offensive Player of the Year tally a career-high 13 points with seven assists. McArdle has scored 104 goals in his Red Storm career, leaving him three short of tying all-time program leader Chris Johnston, while his 118 career assists are just four less than Bolger's school record tally.

The score of Tuesday's non-conference clash was tied at the end of all four regulation quarters. The first period ended at 2-2, halftime was reached at 7-all and the teams started the fourth quarter knotted at 9-all.

St. John's struck first in the fourth quarter, as McArdle – who scored four times in the second period, twice unassisted – collected his second assist of the game on a long-ranged effort from classmate Colin Keegan to put the Red Storm up 10-9 with 13:11 remaining. Hofstra forced the game's fourth and final tie through Mike Malave with 3:31 on the clock and, despite both team's having a couple of cracks at goal in the final minute of regulation, the game headed into overtime with the score tied, 10-10.

The Pride won the first faceoff in overtime but St. John's freshman goalie Joseph Danaher gave the advantage back to the Red Storm when he made one of his 15 saves on the afternoon. Senior Drew Viscusi tracked down the ensuing groundball and Miller called a timeout to put the game in the hands of his team's offense. McArdle and fellow senior Ryan Fitzgerald saw efforts saved on the final possession of the game before the former drew a cross-checking penalty to give St. John's a one-minute man-up opportunity with 2:43 remaining in the first overtime period.

The Red Storm would not need another opportunity as, after the ball was worked around the Hofstra goal, senior Connor Mullen made the extra pass to McArdle who ended the game with a flicked low shot from a difficult angle.

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