May 8, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - Syracuse’s Chris Daniello scored four goals as the Orange defeated St. John’s 15-7 in lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
A record crowd of 1,508 fans packed DaSilva Memorial Field as the Red Storm honored the team’s eight seniors, Gavin Buckley, Reggie Davis, Kevin Katerndahl, Tom Manes, Marco Massaro, Nick Messinger, Garrett Mitchell, and Jerry Nevin, in the final game of their careers.
With the win, 2/2 Syracuse (13-1, 6-0) secured the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship in the conference’s inaugural lacrosse season while St. John’s finished 5-9 overall and 2-4 in conference.
Daniello opened the game’s scoring with an unassisted goal just a minute and a half into the contest. Jeff Gilbert added the next two goals to give Syracuse an early 3-0 lead.
St. John’s sophomore Charlie Holenstein scored first for St. John’s as he notched a goal off a pass from freshman Jarrett Carr. After two goals from Syracuse, freshman Jordan Rothman took the faceoff ground ball and dished to an open Tyler Novotny who cut the margin to 5-2 with just seconds left in the first quarter.
Syracuse goalkeeper John Galloway made seven saves in the second period as he kept St. John’s scoreless throughout the quarter and the Orange extended its lead to 10-2 off of goals from Kevin Drew, Tim Desko, Daniello, Stephen Keogh and Joel White.
St. John’s goalie Jeff Lowman played well in the third quarter, allowing only two goals. Lowman finished with 12 saves on the game.
Holenstein found the goal again for St. John’s at the 9:24 mark of the period when defender Mike Sherry streaked into the offensive zone and passed to Holenstein in front of the net. Sophomore Harry Kutner scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season at the end of the quarter off an assist from Terence Leach to make the score 12-4.
The Orange notched three more goals in the fourth quarter before St. John’s closed with the final three goals of the game to make the score 15-7.
St. John’s Ryan Herits scored his fifth goal of the season by eluding multiple defenders in front of the goal and bouncing the ball past the Orange net-minder. Senior Tom Manes and Kutner notched goals at the 2:11 and 1:04 marks respectively.
Senior Gavin Buckley came in to the game for the final quarter and tallied four saves.
Along with the Senior Day ceremony, St. John’s honored former lacrosse player Bill Snyder ’89 at halftime with a framed jersey as part of the day-long St. John’s lacrosse Alumni celebration.
Kutner and Manes finished the season tied for first on the team in points (26). Kutner led all scorers with 20 goals, followed by Holenstein’s 15 goals. Manes finished the season with a team-best 13 assists and concludes his career ranked sixth all-time in assists in Red Storm history.
Defensively, Lowman notched 108 saves for a percentage of .562 after starting eight games. Freshman Dillon Ayers led the team with 22 caused turnovers and ranked second in the conference for points by a long-stick player (7).