St. John's Outslugs High Point, 16-11, for Second-Straight Win

Feb. 24, 2018

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Behind another balanced offensive attack, the St. John’s lacrosse team defeated High Point, 16-11, on Saturday afternoon at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.

The win was the second-consecutive tally for the Red Storm (2-1), and marks the first time the Johnnies have strung back-to-back wins together since they won four-straight in 2014.

The 16 goals were the most by a St. John’s team since the Johnnies scored 17 in a win over Providence on Mar. 28, 2015.

Joe Madsen and Jason DeBenedictis led the way with five points each. Madsen struck four times and tallied an assist while DeBenedictis scored three goals, added a pair of helpers, and collected five groundballs.

For Madsen, Saturday marks back-to-back games with at least four goals as the sophomore scored five in the victory over Hartford last week. His 10 goals are halfway to his season total from last year and lead the team through three games.

DeBenedictis has now tallied at least four points in all three games this season and sits in a tie with Joe Madsen for the team’s lead in points with 13.

Colin Duffy also enjoyed a breakout game for the Red Storm, tallying a hat trick on just five shots. Mike Madsen and Corey Haynes also added goals, with Madsen setting a new career-high with two assists.

Just seven days after scoring his first-collegiate goal, Ryan Schaeffer found the net twice for his first-collegiate multi-goal game.

Justin Corpolongo was a force inside the X for the Johnnies, finishing just one short of a career-high with 16 faceoff wins on 29 attempts. The senior also scored his first goal of the season, and grabbed six groundballs.

Mackenzie Iacocca scored his first-collegiate goal in the victory, while Matt Oehl extended his point streak to three games with an assist.

Matching a career-high in assists, Declan Swartwood dished out three dimes on the afternoon, including a great feed to Joe Madsen on the 15th strike of the day for the Johnnies.

Guarding the goal, Matt Hanley turned aside 13-of-24 shots and collected his first-career assist with a highlight-reel pass across the length of the field to Joe Madsen.

As a team, St. John’s outshot the Panthers (0-5), 35-33, with the shots on goal finishing even at 24 apiece. The Johnnies also finished with a 32-30 advantage in groundballs, and went 26-for-30 on clear opportunities.

With High Point leading 2-1 just moments into the game, the Red Storm embarked on a 5-0 run over 1:42 to turn a one-goal deficit into a 6-2 advantage.

Schaeffer started the run for the Johnnies with a bullet from the top of the attacking zone that beat the goalkeeper and leveled the score at 2-2.

Just 10 seconds later, Corpolongo won the ensuing faceoff, carried the ball into the attacking zone, and found DeBenedicits along the wing. The senior slipped a pass down to Duffy who made a move along the top of the crease, and scored while taking a cross-check to the back to give St. John’s its first lead of the game.

Following a won battle by Luke Roediger to gain possession, the Johnnies worked a beautiful passing play along the outside of the Panther defense to fine DeBenedicits in his favorite spot and the senior wired a shot past the goalkeeper for a  4-2 advantage, and forcing High Point timeout.

Out of the timeout the pressure continued for the Red Storm as Iacocca beat everybody to the net and roofed a shot past Zach Tuell to make it 5-2 Johnnies, and cemented the first-career goal for the Canadian.

Seven seconds later, Corpolongo got in on the offensive advantage following another won faceoff. The senior collected a clean win, split the defense, and added the sixth tally of the game for the home side.

All in all, the Johnnies scored four goals on four-consecutive shots to collect their second-straight game with at least six goals tallied in a quarter.

High Point answered with back-to-back goals midway through the frame to cut the lead to 6-4 after 15 minutes of action.

Following an electric first period, St. John’s struck again for three-straight goals in quick succession to build its lead.

Minutes into the second, Joe Madsen feathered a perfect pass into the scoring area for Duffy and the junior posted his second tally of the day to put the home side up 7-4.

TJ Marron then forced a turnover on the defensive end, collected a ground ball, and began the counterattack up the field. The midfielder found Matt Stockfeder, who slid a pass over to Joe Madsen for his second of the game to restore the four-goal lead.

Just over a minute later, Hanley made his best stop of the afternoon on a chance from in-tight before the senior launched a cross-field pass to Joe Madsen in the attacking zone. Madsen sniped a shot past the Tuell to complete the hat trick and gave the Johnnies a 9-4 lead.

Following the goal, High Point turned to its backup goalkeeper, Tim Troutner Jr., to halt the offensive attack for the Red Storm.

The Panthers again chipped into the lead with a pair of goals midway through the second quarter, but Mike Madsen scored on a leaping shot with just 23 ticks remaining in the opening half to send the home side to the locker room with a 10-6 halftime lead.

With the rain starting to fall during the third quarter, Schaeffer scored his second for a five-goal Red Storm cushion just four minutes into the second half.

High Point began to take over in the frame with Connor Robinson scoring a quick pair and Asher Nolting adding a tally to quickly cut the five-goal lead down to 11-9 with just over a minute to play in the third.

St. John’s got a big goal from Haynes with just seconds remaining the quarter off a great pass from DeBenedicits to put the Red Storm up 12-9 heading into the final period.

The Panthers would not go away, however, striking again for back-to-back goals in the opening two minutes of the fourth to bring the lead down to one, 12-11, with over 13 minutes to play.

Choosing not to sit back, the Red Storm kept its foot on the pedal with back-to-back goals from DeBenedictis, including one on the extra-man opportunity, to increase the advantage back to three.

Joe Madsen and Collin Duffy added the exclamation marks on the victory for the Johnnies with two goals over the final four minutes of the game.

St. John’s will hit the road for a pair of matches, starting with a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. to battle the Tarheels on Mar. 3, and will follow with a showdown in Philadelphia against Saint Joseph’s on Mar. 7.




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