April 29, 2017
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WASHINGTON – The St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (1-13, 0-5 BIG EAST) was unable to overcome a staunch defensive effort from Georgetown (4-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) as the Johnnies fell in their 2017 regular-season finale, 14-4, to the Hoyas at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown shut the Red Storm out in the first and final quarters, and forced the Johnnies into 19 turnovers throughout the contest, 10 of which were caused.
The Hoyas’ leading goal scorer, Daniel Bucaro, netted a hat trick as did Patrick Aslanian.
St. John’s got scoring efforts from both Madsen brothers, Nick Heller and Michael Hatzopoulos.
Throughout the contest, Georgetown outshot the Red Storm 47-34, and won the groundballs battle 30-27. Both sides failed on two extra-man opportunities.
Daniel Costa played the entire 60:00 in net, saving 15-of-29 shots on net. The Hoyas used three goalies with Nick Marrocco getting the start. Marrocco saved 13-of-17 shots on net in 53:31 of action.
Paul Tornatore won 5-of-10 faceoffs and the starting defensive line of Dante Addona, Pat Smyth and Tim Kiel each caused one turnover. Smyth and Kiel picked up five combined groundballs.
The Hoyas took control of the game in the opening frame as Georgetown scored five times on the sticks of five different goal scorers. Matt Behrens, a junior attackman for the Hoyas, led the first quarter attack with a pair of points on one goal and one assist. The Johnnies struggled to maintain long possessions in the first quarter with a total of seven turnovers and only five shots.
After conceding another goal to start the second quarter, fortunes changed for the Red Storm. The pace of the second quarter played much slower with more deliberate offensive attacks from St. John’s.
Heller scored first for the Red Storm at the 7:21 mark. The senior, playing in his final game ever, freed himself on a mid-field slide as Matt Oehl found him for an easy score. The Johnnies made it two-straight on the stick of Hatzopoulos at the 5:05 mark. Declan Swartwood freed himself on a pick behind the cage as Hatzopoulos got open for an upper-90 strike.
St. John’s enjoyed a number of scoring chances in the second frame, however three or four shots hit post. The Hoyas added two more goals from their leading-scorer Daniel Bucaro and the Johnnies entered halftime with an 8-2 deficit.
Entering the second half, the Madsen twins took a couple of early chances to help swing momentum back towards the Red Storm. At around the 10 minute mark, following a Jackson O’Leary shot that went wide, Mike Madsen scooped the groundball behind the cage. The freshman attackman came fast around the crease and scored with an athletic diving finish, giving the Red Storm its third goal.
On the ensuing faceoff, Joe Madsen found the back of the net following a faceoff win by Tornatore. Tornatore, the FOGO, assisted J. Madsen’s team-leading 20th goal in 2017.
Georgetown stormed back with a run of their own, netting three goals in less than two minutes at the 9:16 mark. The Hoyas pushed their lead to 11-4 and never looked back as the home team scored three more times to end the game, 14-4.
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