Feb. 26, 2011
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QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s scored five straight fourth-quarter goals, but that wasn’t enough as the No. 18/19 Yale Bulldogs took a 10-8 decision at DaSilva Memorial Field.
Brian Douglass led Yale (1-0, 0-0) with a game-high three goals as the Bulldogs won their season-opening game. St. John’s (1-1, 0-0) was led by freshmen Kevin Cernuto and Ryan Fitzgerald who both tallied three points on two goals and one assist.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter before the Red Storm’s Cernuto finally put St. John’s on the board off an assist from junior Harry Kutner. Yale finished the quarter with a goal from Matt Gibson that sparked yet another 3-0 scoring run that extended into the second period. One of the Bulldog goals was scored by Jack Flaherty, older brother of St. John's freshman Donal Flaherty.
Yale led 7-1 at halftime with a 28-9 advantage in shots and an 8-2 lead in faceoff wins.
St. John’s responded in the second half as freshman Kieran McArdle scored two third-quarter goals, the first on an extra-man opportunity, to cut the Yale lead to 7-3.
However, Yale’s Michael Lipin scored and then Douglass found the net on an extra-man opportunity with 12:17 left in the fourth quarter to seemingly put the game away.
The Red Storm then went on a dramatic 5-0 scoring run in the next nine minutes to make it a 9-8 game.
Freshman Keith Switzer scored the first goal of the run, at the 10:06 mark, as he was set up by a pass from Cernuto. Sophomore Jordan Rothman stepped up to win 6-of-8 faceoffs in the final quarter, repeatedly giving the Red Storm possession after scored goals.
Fitzgerald, who registered all three of his points in the fourth quarter, netted an unassisted goal at the 8:57 mark to make the score 9-5. Less than three minutes later, senior Ryan Herits whipped home his first goal of the game and then Fitzgerald scored another goal at the 4:39 mark. Cernuto finished the run with his second goal of the game off an assist from Fitzgerald, making the score 9-8 with 3:16 left in the game.
The Red Storm defense played well in the second half, holding Yale to just eight shots on goal as sophomore Jeff Lowman made five second-half saves. Lowman finished with 15 saves and senior Dan Cremens picked up a team-high four ground balls. Sophomore Dillon Ayers and freshman Joe Addona each collected three ground balls.
After yet another face-off victory for St. John’s following Cernuto’s goal, Yale forced a Red Storm turnover with under three minutes remaining. A successful clear led to a wide open shot for the Bulldogs’ Mark Dobrosky who scored the final goal for Yale, securing the 10-8 final margin.
St. John’s will return to DaSilva Memorial Field next Saturday, March 5, for a game against BIG EAST opponent Georgetown. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.