The 1992 men's lacrosse team was honored with a plaque for fallen teammate John "Pepe" Salerno.
April 1, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Despite a five-point and four assist effort from senior midfielder Scott Scannell, the St. John’s lacrosse team (1-8, 0-1 BIG EAST) dropped its BIG EAST opener to Providence (7-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) at home on Saturday afternoon. The Red Storm fell, 15-6, to the visiting Friars at DaSilva Memorial Field.
Scannell led the charge for the Red Storm with his five points on four assists and a goal. The last three of his assists helped Jackson O’Leary find the back of the net as O’Leary came away with the squad’s second hat trick of the year and a three-point day.
Nick Heller and Mike Madsen each added one goal on the afternoon and Scannell tallied three groundballs, as did Joe Madsen.
Paul Tornatore took the majority of the faceoffs and was quite successful winning 12-of-19 for a .631 percentage. The sophomore FOGO also grabbed four groundballs.
Pat Smyth, TJ Marron and John Saunders all caused one turnover while Daniel Costa played 57:14 in net and saved 8-of-22 shots on goal.
Providence took the majority of the offensive chances in the contest, outshooting the Red Storm 41 to 29 and picking up 29 groundballs to the Red Storm’s 21. The teams nearly split the faceoff battle as the Johnnies came out on top, taking 13-of-25.
The Friars cashed in on both of its extra-man opportunities and Tate Boyce, a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, stood tall in between the pipes. The sophomore goalkeeper saved 7-of-10 shots on net for an outstanding .700 save percentage. Entering play on Saturday, Boyce ranked second in the conference in save percentage, stopping just under 60 percent of shots on net.
After jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first quarter, Providence never ceased control of the game. The Friars’ Ryan Shaffer and Nick Hatzipetrakos were a big part of Providence’s early success as the pair tallied three goals and two assists in the opening frame.
Scannell scored the Red Storm’s first goal of the afternoon after he scooped a groundball in a scramble following a Jason DeBenedictis shot that hit post. The senior picked this groundball and went low-low to find net at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter.
Providence scored three times in the second quarter to open up a 9-1 lead at halftime.
The Red Storm would however gain momentum in the second half scoring five times in the final two frames. At the 7:57 mark of the third quarter, Scannell found Heller on a runner from about 20 yards out. Providence added one goal on an extra-man chance minutes later before O’Leary tallied his first goal of the game, going low-low on another Scannell assist.
The fourth quarter was a busy one as the teams combined for eight goals and seven points in the last 15 minutes of action. Scannell found O’Leary twice more and M. Madsen tallied his eighth goal of the season. DeBenedictis picked up a timely groundball at around the 5:00 mark, as he hung around behind the net and dished off to a cutting Madsen on the doorstep of the crease, with the freshman scoring easily. This was the last Red Storm goal of the game.
Throughout the contest, St. John’s student-athletes sported bright neon green shoelaces in support of the HEADstrong Foundation, for which the two sides had dedicated this game. The HEADstrong Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that aims to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Both teams participated in a competitive online fundraising campaign in support of this cause.
At halftime, the Red Storm lacrosse family also honored the 25th-anniversary of the 1992 men’s lacrosse team, one of the most successful teams in program history. The returning players received an on-field ceremony and during the ceremony, Senior Associate Athletic Director John Diffley awarded a memorial plaque to the squad, honoring a fallen teammate, John “Pepe” Salerno, who tragically lost his life during the 9/11 attacks. This plaque, which features Salerno’s old jersey, will hang in the Red Storm lacrosse locker room from this day moving forward.
Next Tuesday, April 4, St. John’s will host No. 19/20 Yale in a non-conference matchup at DaSilva Memorial Field at 3 p.m.
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