Red Storm Rallies Past Stony Brook for Third Straight Win

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook held an 11-8 lead after three quarters, but St. John's outscored the Seawolves, 5-0, in the final period to claim a 13-11 win Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Four Stony Brook players had two goals apiece, including sophomore Chris Hughes (Oceanside, N.Y.), who added two assists.

Sophomore Matt Schultz (Smithtown, N.Y.) and junior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) each tallied two goals in the first half. Junior Mike Andreassi (Holbrook, N.Y.) scored his two goals in the second half.

Freshman Kyle Rowe (Vienna, Va.) was 16 of 26 at the 'x' to go along with a game-high nine ground balls.

The Red Storm's starting attack accounted for all 13 goals. Kieran McArdle had six goals and two assists.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. (March 22, 2014) St. John's won its third consecutive game and second in the span of five days on Saturday afternoon, staging a furious fourth-quarter comeback to top Long Island rival Stony Brook, 13-11, in non-conference play from Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Red Storm improves to 5-3 (1-0 Big East) on the campaign after clinching its first road victory while the Seawolves drop to 4-5.

Trailing 11-8 entering the fourth quarter, St. John's outscored Stony Brook, 5-0, in the final 15 minutes of play to improve to 3-4 all-time in the series and run its current winning streak to three games, a season high. The Red Storm outshot its host, 17-0, in the final period and, after struggling to find its rhythm at the faceoff "X" through three quarters, won 4 of 5 restarts in the fourth quarter to give itself the necessary possession to complete the comeback.

Saturday's victory over the Seawolves secures the program's first-ever season sweep of long island foes Stony Brook and Hofstra, with the Red Storm claiming an 11-10 overtime victory over the Pride on Tuesday at DaSilva Field.

"We had to take a step back and realize why we were behind," said St. John's head coach Jason Miller. "Five of their first six goals were on the extra-man. Give them credit, they sliced us up on the man-up, but when we got into defensive possessions and didn't foul we were getting stops. We battled back in a great way at the faceoff 'X' in the fourth quarter and we needed that. When we got possessions and we got the ball to our offense we were scoring. The question was if we were going to get it enough to come from behind and dig ourselves out of a hole, and we did that."

The senior attacking trio of Kieran McArdle, Colin Keegan and Kevin Cernuto accounted for all 13 of St. John's goals on Saturday. McArdle who on Tuesday became the program's all-time points leader in addition to scoring the overtime winner tallied eight points on six goals and two assists for the second consecutive game to overtake Chris Johnston as St. John's career goals leader with 110. Keegan, meanwhile, scored a season-high four goals and Cernuto netted his fourth hat trick of the season. Classmate Ryan Fitzgerald added a career-high three assists for the Red Storm and 14 different players collected at least one groundball to add to St. John's cause.

Defensively, sophomore Ricky Cotton and junior Chris Fisher Jr. each forced two turnovers and collected three groundballs and freshman goalie Joseph Danaher made 10 saves.

The Red Storm won the contest's initial faceoff and wasted no time in opening the scoring, with McArdle assisting Keegan less than two minutes into the game. St. John's took a 2-0 lead shortly thereafter as McArdle scored on a fine solo effort, his 20th goal of the campaign and a warning of things to come.

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