March 17, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - St. John's men's lacrosse bounces back with a come-from-behind victory at Siena to tally its fifth win of the season, 8-7. Down by one goal at the half, St. John's defense held Siena scoreless in the third period, paving the way for the Red Storm's one-goal victory. Senior captain Jamal Jones had a career day for St. John's, scoring two goals in the third period to tie the score; then give the Red Storm a two-goal lead in the second half.
With the win, St. John's advances its overall record to 5-1. Siena's record drops to 2-5 on the season.
Scoreless for most of the first quarter, senior attackman Drew Schanen scored first for St. John's with 5:56 left in the opening period. Senior LSM Dom DeNapoli caused a Saint turnover, which was picked up by sophomore long pole Mike Sherry. Sherry and junior Reggie Davis cleared the ball out of the Red Storm zone and advanced the ball to Schanen set up on the left side of the goal. Schanen shot it to the top right corner past Siena goaltender Brent Hurbst.
Senior Trevor Michaelsen scored his 11th goal of the season at 10:31 in the second to give St. John's a 2-0 start. Freshman Carl Iacona assisted. However, the Saints went on a 3-0 scoring run in the second period to pull ahead of the Red Storm, 3-2, going into the halftime break.
Coming in from the intermission, Jones and rookie attackman Harry Kutner took control of the St. John's offense to give the Red Storm a two-goal lead going into the final period.
Jones scored his first goal to tie the score at three with 11:50 left in the third period. His goal was assisted by Kutner.
Kutner and Jones paired up to put the Red Storm up by two, four minutes later, capitalizing on a Siena penalty at 7:41. Jones shot the ball into goaltender Herbst which rebounded off Herbst's chest into the pocket of Kutner. The rookie grabbed the ground ball to sink his fourth goal of the season.
Jones sunk his second of the game with 4:07 left in the game, marking a career-best game for the senior captain in points, goals and shots (5).
St. John's led 5-3 going into the final period.
The Saints answered back in the opening minute of play as Shaun Dunn scored a hat trick goal with 14:11 left to play in the game.
The Red Storm came right back as Michaelsen scored from a bounce-pass from Schanen to put the Red Storm back up by two, 6-4.
Siena came back again with a goal scored by Bryan Neufeld to tighten the score to 6-5.
St. John's responded with two straight goals scored by Schanen and senior Bobby Fitton. Schanen's goal, unassisted at 8:53, marked his fourth multi-goal game this season.
Fitton scored his first goal in two seasons assisted by Kutner at 7:49 left in the fourth to give St. John's a three-goal cushion, 8-5.
Neufeld netted another for the Saints at 5:52 to bring Siena within two.
With under a minute to play, Siena scored man-down to come within one.
Iacona picked up the ground ball off the face-off to give St John's the final possession.
Freshman Charles Holenstein made his first career-start for St. John's on attack. With DeNapoli, and sophomore Eric Schmit each taking a turn at the face-off X, St. John's just edged out the Saints, winning 10, losing nine. DeNapoli led the Red Storm in ground balls with seven, followed by Sherry and Iacona who each picked up four.
Schanen and Kutner led the team in points with three each. Schanen had two goals and one assist, while Kutner had one goal and two assists.
Junior goaltender Gavin Buckley (5-1) had seven saves between the pipes.
The game was the lowest scoring in the 15-year series between the teams.
St. John's is back in action on Saturday, March 21 when the team returns home for a non-conference game against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Face-off is set for 2 p.m. on DaSilva Memorial Field.