No. 10 Penn Prevails Over St. John's in Match at Radnor

RADNOR, Pa. - University of Pennsylvania put together arguably its best offensive performance of the season on Friday night at Radnor High School, and dominated St. John's 17-10 at Prevost Field.

Eleven different players scored on a night filled with crisp passing and excellent shooting by the Quakers. Nick Doktor was simply magnificent, with three goals and three assists for a career-high six points, while Zack Losco also scored three times.

Doktor needed just 1:09 to get on the board on Friday, Doktor finishing a feed from Losco to get things going. St. John's made it 1-1 when one of the nation's leading scorers, Kieran McArdle, netted the first of his five on the night.

Penn scored the next three goals, and never looked back. Kevin Brown got the run started, followed by a Chris Hilburn goal assisted by Jeff Puckette and another unassisted goal, this one by Losco.

Ryan Fitzgerald briefly halted the run with his first goal, but Losco, Isaac Bock and Puckette made it 7-2 midway through the second quarter. By halftime, it was 10-4.

Fitzgerald made it 10-5 early in the third quarter, but Doktor and Losco quickly answered and it was 12-5. McArdle's third of the night made the score 12-6, but Will Laco finished a nice feed from Doktor in a man-up situation and then Brown completed a great play by Drew Belinsky that pushed the Quakers into a 14-6 advantage.

McArdle and Fitzgerald briefly gave St. John's life, but Belinsky roped a goal from distance - his second such goal in the game - which made the score 15-8. McArdle had one more goal in him, but Doktor and Chris Hupfeldt finished off Penn's scoring before a final Red Storm goal.

Penn dominated all facets of this game; the Quakers won the faceoff battle 23-8, outshot the Red Storm 49-33, and collected 39 grounds balls to 22 by St. John's. In goal, senior Brian Feeney went the distance for the Quakers and made 11 saves.

Penn will learn its opponent and site for next Friday's Ivy League Tournament semifinal tomorrow, as Ivy play wraps up among the other six teams.

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RADNOR, Pa. (April 25, 2014) – Senior Kieran McArdle scored five goals, classmate Ryan Fitzgerald tied a career high with three scores and fellow senior Kevin Cernuto tied a season high with three assists, but it wasn't quite enough as the St. John's lacrosse team suffered a 17-10 loss to No. 10 Pennsylvania in its regular-season finale from Radnor High School in Radnor, Pa., on Friday evening. The Red Storm finishes the regular season with a record of 7-7 while the Quakers improved to 9-3.

Finishing its Big East slate with a 3-3 mark for the second campaign in a row, St. John's will now await the result of Saturday's noon-time clash between Georgetown and Rutgers in Washington, D.C., which will determine whether the Red Storm will participate in the 2014 Big East Championship hosted by Villanova on May 1-3. A Rutgers loss on Saturday would guarantee St. John's a spot in the conference postseason tournament as a fourth seed.

“We were on our heels all night,” said Red Storm head coach Jason Miller. “We struggled all game at the faceoff “X,” on loose balls and in the goal. Add in five second-half fouls and it's a bad recipe for beating any team, let alone one as good as UPenn. I thought our effort was great and I don't believe our guys ever stopped fighting, but when all of those critical areas go South at the same time, it makes it pretty difficult to win.”

McArdle's five scores on Friday night took his season goal tally to 40, the most ever by a St. John's student-athlete in a single campaign. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., broke his own single-season goals record since program reinstatement in 2005 – which he set last season with 36 goals – as well as St. John's all-time single-season goals mark, previously held by John Salerno who scored 38 times in 1992 during a 15-game campaign. McArdle also added one assist to take his season points tally to 80 on 40 goals and 40 assists.

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