Red Storm Falls to Marquette in Double Overtime

QUEENS, N.Y. (April 6, 2014) Falling in front of its home crowd for the first time this season, St. John's scored three of the last four goals in Sunday afternoon's Big East clash with Marquette but saw the Golden Eagles net the decisive sudden-death winner with 2:46 on the clock in a second overtime period to come away 11-10 winners from sunny DaSilva Field. The Red Storm is now 6-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play while Marquette improves to 4-7 and 2-1 in the Big East.

Senior attackman Colin Keegan tied a season high with six points on four goals and two assists to pace St. John's offensively, while sophomore midfielder James Bonanno added two goals and one assist to tie a career high with three points. Defensively, senior Joe Addona caused a career-high four turnovers to go with three groundballs, while at the faceoff "X," freshman Jack Lally made his Red Storm debut in a commendable 11 of 25 effort.

"We are obviously pretty disappointed today," said St. John's head coach Jason Miller. "It's hard to lose a double-overtime game in any situation, but I don't think we played particularly well in the first three quarters of the game so we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Even still, we had opportunities to win at the end and got a great look at the cage in overtime. You have to hit those opportunities if you want to win overtime games and we didn't hit ours. We're going to have to get a good week of practice in before playing Denver next and go out there and find a way to pull off an upset."

Lally won 5 of 8 restarts and the Red Storm collected 16 groundballs to Marquette's nine while outshooting its opponent 19-6 in the fourth quarter to erase an 8-5 deficit entering the final 15 minutes of regulation and force overtime. St. John's scored five times in the fourth quarter after scoring five goals in the first three stanzas combined.

Both sides traded a pair of goals to open the fourth quarter before St. John's netted three unanswered times in the final 5:32 of regulation to prolong the first-ever meeting as conference foes between St. John's and Marquette. Bonanno started the run with an unassisted effort off of a strong dodge before the sophomore fed senior Ryan Fitzgerald for his lone score of the contest on a long-range shot which brought the Red Storm within one at 10-9 with 3:42 remaining in regulation. Just 32 seconds later the game was tied at 10-all, as senior Kevin Cernuto found the back of the net thanks to an assist from Keegan and a heads-up play by LSM Chris Fisher Jr., who disrupted a Golden Eagles clear attempt to get St. John's possession.

Both teams had a crack at a regulation winner in the final minute of the fourth quarter but were denied by good goalkeeper play at each end of the field. Freshman shot-stopper Joseph Danaher finished the contest with 12 saves for St. John's, while cousin and classmate Jimmy Danaher made 10 stops in goal for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette won the opening faceoff in the first overtime period but was unable to capitalize, as Fisher Jr. made his second big play in short succession by beating Marquette to the sidelines following a missed shot to hand the ball over to the Red Storm offense. Senior attackman Kieran McArdle, who finished with a game-high three assists, saw his shot blocked on the ensuing possession and the game headed into a second overtime period.

The Golden Eagles won the restart to open what would prove to be the final extra-time stanza and claimed victory thanks to a first-career goal from Andy Demichiei. Kyle Whitlow finished with five points on three goals and two assists to pace Marquette on the day.

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