St. John’s Lacrosse Falls in Low-Scoring Affair, 8-5

Corey Haynes scored two goals on 2-of-4 shooting.
March 1, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (0-4) dropped a tough battle at home, 8-5, to the visiting Saint Joseph’s Hawks (1-3) on Wednesday afternoon at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens, N.Y.

Late in the final quarter, with 3:19 left to play, Colin Duffy scored for the Johnnies after using a slick dodge to free himself of a close defender. This goal brought St. John’s within three at the time, 8-5, and three Saint Joseph’s penalties gave the Red Storm a three-man-up opportunity on the ensuing possession.

The Hawks successfully thwarted this man-up opportunity on a save by goalie T.J. Jones with Joe Madsen firing a shot on the doorstep of the crease. Saint Joseph’s successfully cleared and held onto possession for the remaining two minutes of play, ultimately giving the Hawks the 8-5 victory.

Although the teams combined for an outburst of 73 shots in the game, only 13 goals found the back of the net thanks to solid performances by both netminders.

Daniel Costa saw 60:00 of action behind the net and saved 13-of-21 shots on goal for a .619 save percentage. The Hawks’ Jones played between the pipes for 58:51, saving 11-of-16 shots for a .688 save percentage.

Junior Corey Haynes led the Red Storm attack with a pair of goals on four shots. The Kirkville, N.Y., native also picked up two groundballs in the contest. Duffy and Nick Heller each added their fourth goals of the season while junior Tom Stackpole scored his first goal in 2017.

Senior Dante Addona was a force at close defense as he picked up two caused turnovers and a groundball in the contest.

Saint Joseph’s Chris Blewitt led all scorers on the afternoon with five points on three goals and a pair of assists.

The Hawks held possession for much of this game by winning 11-of-17 faceoffs and besting the Red Storm in groundballs, 28-20. Both teams also played the clears game well and combined for 33-of-35 successful clears.

Saint Joseph’s hopped out to an early lead as the Hawks shut the Johnnies out in the first quarter, 3-0, and scored the game’s first four goals. Chris Blewitt assisted or scored on three of these goals.

The Johnnies came back in full force with three unanswered goals in the second quarter. Haynes got things going for the Red Storm with an easy transition goal. Costa saved a shot straight on net and found Haynes running down the middle of the field in transition. The junior midfielder ran the length of the field before he ripped from about 15 yards out and beat the goalie upper-90 at the 8:26 mark.

Stackpole scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Michael Hatzopoulos at the 5:14 mark. Heller scored the final goal of the first half at the 2:12 mark as Scott Scannell drew a Saint Joseph’s double-team and found Heller wide open, finishing low.

The Hawks scored the first four goals of the third quarter before Haynes cashed in on a St. John’s man-up opportunity at the 3:02 mark. This goal pulled the Red Storm within 8-4 heading into the final frame.

Both teams struggled to retain offensive possessions in the fourth quarter as the period saw seven penalties, four man-up opportunities and six turnovers. Duffy scored the final goal of the contest at the 3:39 mark before the Hawks killed that crucial three-man-up opportunity for the Red Storm.

St. John’s hits the road this upcoming weekend for a road contest at Siena on Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m.

Keep up with Red Storm lacrosse all season long at RedStormSports.com and on Twitter by following @StJohnsLax and using the hashtag “#SJULAX.”

 

 

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