April 24, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - Notre Dame used a hat trick from Grant Krebs to take a 13-6 win against St. John's in BIG EAST lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
St. John's (5-7, 2-3) lost its first conference home game of the season, while Notre Dame (7-5, 2-3) won its second straight BIG EAST game.
St. John's responded to an early Notre Dame goal at the 7:27 mark when senior Garrett Mitchell netted his 13th goal of the season and tied the score at 1.
Notre Dame's Neal Hicks put the Irish back ahead just thirty seconds later with an unassisted goal.
St. John's tied the score in the second period when sophomore Matt Hurst found Charlie Holenstein near the net in an unsettled situation and Holenstein put it home for his 12th season goal. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Lowman initiated the play by making a low save and pushing it forward to a sprinting Hurst in the midfield.
Notre Dame goalkeeper Scott Rodgers remained stout for the rest of the period, keeping the Red Storm out of the net as the Irish offense scored four, including three straight from Krebs, to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
Notre Dame pushed the lead to 10-2 with four goals to start the second half, as Sean Rogers, Zach Brenneman, and Neal Hicks all netted their second goals of the day.
With 2:38 left in the quarter, Holenstein intercepted a pass at midfield and pushed the ball to freshman Tyler Novotny. Novotny rushed toward the goal and scored in the one-on-one opportunity.
Sophomore Harry Kutner opened a three-goal fourth quarter for St. John's with a score at the 12:45 mark as he circled behind and shot from the left side of the goal.
After a Notre Dame goal, Novotny scored his second goal of the game and tenth of the season as he cut across the restraining box.
Senior Tom Manes scored the Red Storm's last goal of the game at the 5:56 mark of the fourth quarter.
St. John's held the edge in shots, 35-30, and faceoffs, while both teams collected 22 ground balls.
The Red Storm hits the road for a non-conference game next Saturday night at Sacred Heart University. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.