Freshman Mike Madsen scored two more goals in the contest, bringing his season total to three.
Feb. 19, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Despite getting off to a quick 4-0 start in the opening quarter, the St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (0-2) fell to NR/RV Stony Brook (2-0) at home on Sunday afternoon, 14-5.
St. John’s shut out the visiting Seawolves in the opening frame before Stony Brook came back with 14 unanswered goals throughout much of the remaining three quarters of play.
Freshman Mike Madsen led the Red Storm attack, netting two points on a pair of goals in the first period. Six other Johnnies added points in the contest, including the first goal of the season from junior Jason DeBenedictis, the team’s leading goal scorer from a year ago.
Stony Brook seniors Ryan Bitzer and Alex Corpolongo, and freshman Cory Vanginhoven led the Seawolves’ attack as the trio combined for 15 of the team’s 27 points on offense. Bitzer came away with five assists in the contest and Vanginhoven led all goal-scorers with three.
Both teams finished the game with 35 shots apiece and Stony Brook slightly edged the Red Storm in the faceoffs, 12-for-22.
The Seawolves retained the majority of the possessions however, picking up 31 groundballs to St. John’s 22.
The Johnnies also committed five penalties in the contest and Stony Brook was able to take advantage of every extra man-opportunity. The Seawolves scored a perfect 5-of-5 when playing with the extra man.
Nick Heller got the scoring going for the Red Storm in the opening period, as the senior scored on a running shot that found the back of the net. M. Madsen followed up this goal at the 6:23 mark, as he cut towards the front of the next on an assist from Jackson O’Leary, who quarterbacked the pass from behind the net.
St. John’s scored two more goals in the opening frame including the first goal of the season from DeBenedictis. At the 1:22 mark, the junior put St. John’s up, 3-0, on an athletic jumping shot from about 10 yards out.
With the seconds winding down in the first quarter, St. John’s retained possession off a Stony Brook turnover. The Johnnies got out in transition and the freshman twins, the Madsen brothers, finished off the drive to give the Red Storm a comfortable 4-0 lead. Joe Madsen found his brother Mike in front of the crease, who was able to score easily high-low.
Stony Brook was able to storm back in the contest thanks to 14 unanswered goals throughout the remaining three quarters of action.
Colin Duffy scored his first goal of the season, on an assist from Tom Stackpole, at the 3:38 mark in the final quarter, marking the last goal of the contest.
St. John’s hits the road for the first time in 2017 as the Red Storm travels to take on High Point in the first-ever meeting between the programs. The game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m., at Vert Stadium.
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