Phillylacrossse.com, Posted 3/23/13
From Press Release and Staff Reports
St. John’s (5-2, 1-1) will be looking to put a statement victory over Hofstra in the rearview mirror as it opens a three-game stretch away from home against Robert Morris (4-3, 0-0) at noon on the campus of Malvern Prep H.S. in Malvern, Pa. on Sat., March 23.
The red Storm had to move their scheduled home game to a neutral site due to a scheduling conflict – and since both teams are loaded with Philly players the game should bring much interest.
St. John’s features three Philly starters – attackman Colin Keegan (Springfield-Delco) and defensemen Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) and Joe Addona (Springfield-Delco and a fourth – midfielder Conner Mullen (Downingtown West) – that plays regularly. Also on the roster are reserves Larry McLaughlin (midfielder, Springfield-Delco), Andrew Boyer (goalie, Owen J. Roberts), Joe Venit (attackman, Springfield-Delco) and Andrew Zbikowski (defenseman, La Salle).
Robert Morris features freshman sensation Eric Rankel (midfielder, Downingtown West, four-time ECAC Rookie of Week), attackman Dave Morton (Hill School), defenseman Joe Scenna (Perkiomen Valley) and LSM Tyler Rankel (Downingtown West) as well as Ryan Higgins (attackman, Downingtown West) and Dave Brous (midfielder, Neshaminy).
SERIES HISTORY: ST. JOHN’S vs. ROBERT MORRIS
•The Red Storm and Colonials have both met only twice in the history of both programs.
•The two meetings came in 2005 and 2006 under former St. John’s coach Rick Sowell. The Red Storm has never faced Robert Morris under head coach Jason Miller.
•St. John’s is 2-0 all-time against Robert Morris.
•Both previous games between the Red Storm and the Colonials came at neutral sites as well. The series had been held as a season-opener at St. Paul’s High School in Baltimore, Maryland as St. John’s season opener.
•St. John’s won the first meeting 8-7 in the team’s first game of the Red Storm lacrosse era. The Johnnies won the last meeting on Feb. 25, 2006 12-3 over the Colonials.
PREVIOUS MEETING: ST. JOHN’S TOPS ROBERT MORRIS 12-3 IN 2006 SEASON OPENER
•The St. John’s lacrosse team opened its 2006 season on a winning note, dominating Robert Morris, 12-3, at the St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Md.
•St. John’s former leading scorer since reinstatement, Tom Michaelsen, led the Red Storm with three goals and three assists.
•The St. John’s defense imposed its will throughout the day allowing just 15 total shots for Robert Morris in the game.
•The only member of the St. John’s roster with experience against Robert Morris is current assistant coach, Dom DeNapoli, who scored a first quarter goal against the Colonials.
•St. John’s won the groundball battle 32-15 and took the faceoff advantage winning 11 of 15.
LAST TIME OUT: ST. JOHN’S FLIPS SCRIPT WITH 7-6 UPSET OF NO. 7/6 HOFSTRA
•St. John’s dug deep after No. 7/6 Hofstra built a 3-0 first quarter lead and pulled off the 7-6 upset, as the Red Storm claimed the first victory over its local rival since program reinstatement in 2005.
•The Red Storm came in 0-3 against the Pride since lacrosse returned to Queens in 2005 and had never beaten Hofstra at DaSilva Memorial Field in the six previous matchups.
•The victory is the Red Storm’s fourth over ranked opponents in the last two seasons and second of 2013. The last ranked victory was a 10-9 triumph over No. 17 Yale on Feb. 23, 2013. St. John’s also improves to 3-1 at DaSilva Memorial Field in 2013.
•After scoring 20 goals against Rutgers over the weekend, the Red Storm showed the ability to play multiple styles as it battled the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense in Hofstra. Goalie Jeff Lowman set the tone with 19 saves, a career-high, with 10 coming in the second half. The senior stopped a pair of shots on Hofstra’s last two possessions to preserve the lead. Dillon Ayers energized the defense with nine groundballs on the day as he fought the Pride offense every step of the way. Dillon Ayers also held Hofstra sniper Adrian Sorichetti to just one assist after the lefty recorded ten points in last year’s meeting.
•Kevin Cernuto paced the offense with three gritty unassisted goals, all coming in the second half, including the game-winner with four minutes to play. Kieran McArdle finished with four assists but it was the midfield unit that stepped up and accounted for four total goals in the win.
•A switch to Mario Carrera at the faceoff X helped swing the faceoff game in the second half as the sophomore went 6-of-9 on draws. St. John’s picked up 20 groundballs in the final 30 minutes and won the groundball stat 27-22.
STORMING THE RANKINGS
· Entering the week, McArdle currently second third in the NCAA in points per game (6.67), 11th in goals per game (2.83) and second in assists per game (3.83).
· Cernuto ranks 34th in points per game (3.67) and 28th in goals (2.5).
· Colin Keegan ranks 42nd in the NCAA in goals (2.33) and 46th in shooting percentage with a 41.2 percent rate on his eleven goals.
· The Red Storm ranks in the top-30 nationally in seven major statistical categories. St. John’s ranks 12th in scoring offense (11.83 goals per game), 30th in man-down defense (66.7 percent), 14th in assists per game (7.17), 11th in points per game (19.0), fourth in turnovers per game (12.33), 11th in saves per game (13.17) and sixth in shooting percentage (29.8 percent).
· Long stick midfielder Dillon Ayers is fourth on the active long pole career scoring list with 17 career points (4 goals, 13 assists).
· McArdle is seventh among active NCAA players with 73 career assists. He is the only junior among the top-ten active career assists leaders.
REWRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS
· McArdle is now among St. John’s all-time leaders in both points and assists. The junior’s 143 points has him ranked third on the all-time list and has the most since program reinstatement in 2005. His 77 career assists also places him fourth all-time and the most since the program was restarted. McArdle is just four assists shy of third on the all-time list.
· Lowman has now amassed 554 saves over his three seasons which places him third all-time at St. John’s and the leader since reinstatement. Lowman is now 31 saves shy of the school record.
· Rothman came into the season as the school’s all-time leading faceoff winner and has increased his total to 506.
GET IT STARTED: ST. JOHN’S SEEKING BEST START SINCE REINSTATEMENT
•St. John’s is looking to capture the best start to a season since program reinstatement in 2005. The Red Storm tied the 2009 team for the record with 5-2 open to the season.
•The best start in program history was 8-2 in 1982, but St. John’s did not play a Division I schedule at that time. A 6-2 start would be the best by a St. John’s team against a Division I slate of opponents.
CLEAN CUT: ST. JOHN’S 2-0 SINCE HEAD COACH JASON MILLER SHAVED HIS HEAD
•Coach Miller has been sporting a brand new haircut, as he shaved his head on Thursday, March 14 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raising over $8,500 in support of childhood cancer research.
•The Red Storm have defeated both Rutgers and Hofstra since Miller went to the new look.
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: CERNUTO GETS 100 CAREER POINTS
•Cernuto reached the century mark in points for his career against Hofstra and has accumulated 101 for his career. The junior became the third Red Storm player to accomplish the feat since reinstatement.
•Cernuto ranks sixth on the all-time list at St. John’s for points and has moved into seventh place in career goals with 66.
ON THE ATTACK: ST. JOHN’S ATTACK UNIT PRODUCTIVITY
•The St. John’s starting attack unit of Cernuto, Keegan and McArdle is responsible for 49 of the 78 goals (62.8 percent) scored so far this season.
•McArdle has recorded 44 points on the Red Storm’s 78 goals in 2013, which has him involved in 56.4 percent of the team’s scoring.
•Keegan has totaled 14 goals in seven games, which surpasses his output from all of the 2012 season.
WHEN THE TOUGH GET GOING: THE RED STORM IN CLOSE GAMES
•St. John’s boasts a 4-1 record in games decided by two goals or less so far in 2013.
•In the past two seasons, the Red Storm is 8-3 in games decided by two goals or less after going 4-2 in 2012.
•St. John’s has gone 3-0 in one-goal games this season and 6-2 in the last two seasons.
BIG EAST REPORT: MCARDLE NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK; LOWMAN MAKES HONOR ROLL
•The BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, McArdle grabbed his first conference Offensive Player of the Week honors of the season and Lowman was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after St. John’s 20-13 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, March 16.
•A career-high 12-point performance against the Scarlet Knights continued to build McArdle’s impressive 2013 résumé, as the junior’s five goals and seven assists broke the record for single-game point total in St. John’s lacrosse program history. Mike Bolger’s 10-point effort against Vermont on May 2, 1987 was the previous record. The 12 points is an individual game-high for all of NCAA Division I during the 2013 season. According to the NCAA records, no other player has scored 12 points in a Division I lacrosse game since the start of the 2010 season.
•A large Red Storm lead allowed Lowman to exit early in the fourth quarter against Rutgers, but the senior goalie still got in plenty of work. Lowman stopped 17 shots and allowed just seven goals in 51:32 of game action. The 17 saves were just one shy of his career-high against Georgetown on March 5, 2011. The senior now has two BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll appearances on the season and nine for his career.
•Earlier in the season, McArdle was selected to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for the most outstanding player in college lacrosse.
•In the NCAA Division I individual rankings, McArdle slots second in both points per game (6.67) and assists per game (3.83).
•The junior trails only Lyle Thompson of Albany and passed Cornell’s Rob Pannell in each category. Thompson and Pannell are both considered in serious contention for Tewaaraton Player of the Year honors.
McARDLE BECOMES ST. JOHN’S LEADING SCORER SINCE REINSTATEMENT
•With a strong start to the 2013 season, McArdle has past Tom Michaelsen as the program’s leading scorer since reinstatement with 143 career points. McArdle broke the previous record of 117 points set by Michaelsen from 2005-2008. The junior now has 66 goals, 77 assists and 143 points for his career.
•McArdle became just the second player since program reinstatement to reach 100 career points against Holy Cross on Feb. 16, 2013; doing so in his first 30 games.
AWARD SEASON: BIG EAST POLL AND PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED
•McArdle was honored as the Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in points and assists the season before.
•Dillon Ayers joined McArdle on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team as both were unanimous selections.
•It was the second-consecutive year that Dillon Ayers received postseason honors after becoming the first player awarded in Red Storm history in 2012.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
•The Colonials have won their last two games heading into Saturday’s matchup against the Red Storm after beating Hobart and Jacksonville last week.
•The Colonials won a shootout over the Hobart Statesmen 16-12 on Sunday, March 17. Dave Morton scored five goals for Robert Morris while Luke Laszkiewicz facilitated with four assists.
•The Robert Morris roster features 11 Canadian born players including four starters.
•The Colonials are 1-1 in their games away from home this season with a victory at Jacksonville and a loss at Dartmouth.
•Jake Hayes leads the Colonials in goals at 2.14 per contest while midfielder Taylor Graves leads the team at 1.14 assists per game.
•Robert Morris excels in the specialty game ranking tenth in both man-up offense and defense. The Colonials also force the sixth-most turnovers in the nation (10.14 per game) to try and fuel transition opportunities.
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