May 1, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A furious second-half rally from St. John’s fell just short as Sacred Heart defeated the Red Storm, 8-6, on Saturday night at Sacred Heart’s Campus Field.
The outcome moved St. John’s record to 5-8 on the season while Sacred Heart improved to 4-10.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, St. John’s scored six unanswered goals in the second half, including four in the fourth quarter, and had possession with under a minute and a chance to tie the game. St. John’s senior Tom Manes was unable to advance the ball over midfield with 19 seconds remaining and Sacred Heart’s Evan Morgan hit an empty netter for the final tally.
Sacred Heart’s Joe Caridi and Jon Flood accounted for the Pioneers’ first six goals in the first and second periods. Timmy Katz found the net at the 5:31 mark of the second period to make the score 7-0.
The Red Storm defense and goalkeeper Jeff Lowman shut out Sacred Heart for the next two quarters until the empty net goal with seven seconds left. Lowman finished tied for his career high with 16 saves and the Red Storm defense forced 24 turnovers and held Sacred Heart to 73 percent in the clearing game (22-30).
Sophomore Harry Kutner started the Red Storm comeback with an unassisted goal at the 12:39 mark. Sophomore Charlie Holenstein made the score 7-2 with a goal at the end of the third period after freshman Jarrett Carr set him up.
Junior Terence Leach, who had not played since the Hofstra game because of an injury, energized the Red Storm attack in the fourth period, scoring two goals. Both goals came with Leach positioned directly in front of the goal as senior Garrett Mitchell found him at the 11:46 mark and freshman Tyler Novotny hit him with 3:51 remaining to bring the score to 7-6.
Manes and Kutner scored the intermediate goals between the two from Leach as St. John’s continued the rally. Kutner’s goal came off an assist from Alex Lagodich at the end of a slashing penalty on Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart’s Tom Trgo recorded 19 saves in goal for the Pioneers, with 15 of those coming in the second and third quarters.
St. John’s held the edge in ground balls, turnovers, clear percentage, shots and faceoffs as freshman Jordan Rothman went 9-16 at the X and collected four ground balls.
Junior Mike Sherry collected seven ground balls and Dan Cremens picked up seven. Senior Nick Messinger had four ground balls while freshman Dillon Ayers tallied four ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers.
The officials whistled a total of 16 penalties, eight on each team. Each squad converted two extra-man goals.
St. John’s concludes the regular season next Saturday against Syracuse at DaSilva Memorial Field. St. John’s will celebrate the achievements of the team’s eight seniors before the game begins.