Kieran McArdle Named BIG EAST Attack Player Of The Year As Red Storm Lands Four On All-Conference Teams
The junior attackman became the first member of the Red Storm lacrosse program to ever be tabbed a BIG EAST Player of the Year.
Dillon Ayers and Ashley Beza Earn National Strength And Conditioning Association All-American Status
Ayers and Beza were two of the 229 collegiate and high-school athletes recognized by the NSCA.
Red Storm matches highest since win total since reinstatement in 2005.
N.Y.I.T. and Dominican College will play at noon followed by St. John's and Villanova at 3 p.m.
Jeff Lowman broke the St. John's all-time saves record before exiting at halftime with an injury.
Preseason Interview With Dillon Ayers
St. John's 15 Marquette 10 April 27, 2013
St. John's 16 Providence 13 Providence, R.I. April 20, 2013
St. John's 11 Villanova 13
St. John's 17 Robert Morris 11 March 23, 2013 at Malvern Prep H.S.
St. John's 7 Hofstra 6 March 19, 2013
As A Junior (2012): Served as team captain ... became first player in program history to earn Preseason All-BIG EAST Honors ... awarded first team All-BIG EAST accolades at long-stick midfielder for the 2012 season ... joined teammate Kieran McArdle as the first Red Storm players named first team All-BIG EAST ... selected to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team ... finished the season as the BIG EAST leader in groundballs per game at 4.38 ... led the team with 65 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers ... earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll with five groundballs and caused three turnovers in a victory over Siena (March 3) ... scooped up five groundballs at Stony Brook (March 13) to help lead the defensive effort ... collected a career-high nine groundballs against Sacred Heart (March 24) and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time ... matched a career-high set the week prior with nine groundballs against Notre Dame (April 1) ... totaled eight groundballs and three turnovers during BIG EAST Championship weekend in games against Notre Dame (May 3) and Syracuse (May 5).
As A Sophomore (2011): Led the team in groundballs (56) and caused turnovers (21) ... finished 35th nationally with 1.50 caused turnovers per game ... recorded five assists on the season ... recovered a season-high seven groundballs in a 9-13 loss to Georgetown (March 5) ... named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after impressive performances against Stony Brook (March 15) and Vermont (March 19) when he combined for 10 groundballs and five caused turnovers in the two games.
As A Freshman (2010): Played in all 14 games as the team's long-stick midfielder ... finished second on the team in ground balls with 47, while leading the team in caused turnovers (22) ... his 1.57 caused turnovers per game ranked 29th in the country ... scored four goals on six shots on goal and notched three assists on the season ... caused four turnovers and collected three ground balls in his career debut, a 9-8 win over Holy Cross (Feb. 20) ... sported a career game against Providence (April 10) when he scored a goal and notched an assist while causing four turnovers and scooping seven ground balls ... named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for his efforts.
At Lynbrook: Played three seasons of lacrosse and three seasons of football with Lynbrook Senior high school ... was captain for both sports senior year ... during senior year, an all-county selection, All-American Nominee, Canella Tough Guy Award and Best Overall Athlete in School ... in 2007, team ranked in Top 20 by Inside Lacrosse ... was a part of the Long Island Express lacrosse team and Relay for Life ... received Honor Roll in high school.
Off The Field: Dillon Scott Ayers ... born in Lynbrook, N.Y. ... son of Mark and Julie Ayers ... has three brothers, James (25); Joseph (22); and STJ teammate and twin Brandon (19) ... he's currently undecided in a major ... listens to his iPod and drinks a Monster before a game ... he loves country music.
Ayers Up Close
Favorite Book: "The Outsiders" S. E. Hinton
Favorite Movie: "Four Brothers"
Favorite TV Show: "Entourage"
Favorite Food: Buffalo pizza
Favorite Song: "I'm a Boss" by Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross