Third-Quarter Run Spurs Red Storm to Victory at Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (March 29, 2014) Defying wet and blustery weather conditions as well as a motivated Providence team hungry for its first home win of the campaign, the St. John's lacrosse team rode an inspired team effort to a 14-7 road victory in Big East play from the Ray Treacy Track Complex on Saturday evening. The Red Storm has now won four games in a row and improves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play this season, while the Friars drop to 3-7 and 0-2 against Big East competition.

St. John's raced out to a 3-0 lead after holding Providence scoreless in the opening quarter and closed the third stanza on a 5-0 run to establish a commanding 11-5 advantage. The Red Storm forced a season-high 16 turnovers on Saturday and scored on 3 of 5 of its man-up opportunities on its way to its second-consecutive road triumph.

"I thought it was a pretty gritty win tonight," said St. John's head coach Jason Miller. "We really needed to fight this one out. Gabs [Providence Head Coach Chris Gabrielli] has got his guys to playing pretty hard. I'm proud our guys were up for the fight."

In yet another record-breaking performance, senior attackman Kieran McArdle notched a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists while passing University Hall of Famer Mike Bolger to become the program's all-time career assist leader. McArdle, who earlier this season became St. John's all-time career points and goals leader, has tallied 124 assists in his time with the Red Storm, two more than Bolger.

McArdle recorded career assist number 123 to claim the program mark with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter, feeding classmate Colin Keegan to put St. John's up 10-5. Keegan and fellow senior Kevin Cernuto notched five points apiece as the Red Storm's starting attacking trio combined for 17 points and 29 shots. Keegan found the back of the net a season-high four times and added one assist while Cernuto recorded his fourth hat trick of the season to go with two assists.

Defensively, freshman goalie Joseph Danaher had the best outing of his young career in making a season-high 17 saves, a number from point-blank range and seven in the fourth quarter with St. John's protecting a lead. At close defense, junior Mark DiFrangia was the point man for the Red Storm's efforts, collecting four groundballs while causing a season-high four turnovers, one of 10 players to cause at least one turnover for St. John's. The Red Storm held Providence scoreless in the first quarter and after seeing the hosts' leading goal scorer in 6-foot-4 senior attackman Andrew Barton net a second-quarter hat trick for the Friars, St. John's held Barton without a goal for the rest of the contest.

"Joe was super tonight," said Miller. "He made some really big stops in close. The clearing game got away from him late in the game, but the conditions were pretty tough out there, so I'll give him a free pass on that. I also thought Mark did a good job on Barton tonight. He's a handful on the corner. Mark played well, and our midfielders did a good job containing Sean Wright and Joseph Fitzpatrick."

Senior midfielder Keith Switzer scored the lone goal of the first quarter on an unassisted effort before McArdle and Keegan each found the back of the net in the first 1:26 of the second quarter to see the Red Storm race out to a 3-0 lead. After the Friars got on the board for the first time with 9:53 remaining in the second quarter, St. John's took advantage of a man-up situation to add to its lead as senior midfielder Ryan Fitzgerald scored on a trademark long range effort to put the Red Storm up 4-1.

1 2    Next  »


Create a free lacrosse website