Feb. 17, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – The BIG EAST released its first weekly lacrosse awards of the 2014 campaign on Monday and senior attackman Kieran McArdle was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week following his game-high seven-point effort in St. John’s season-opening 15-13 home victory over Holy Cross on Sunday.
McArdle finished with three goals and a game-high four assists as St. John’s starting attackmen combined for 17 points in helping the Red Storm claim its sixth-consecutive win over the Crusaders, all in season openers. In the process, the Ronkonkoma, N.Y. native took his career assists tally to 103, passing program great Brian Bugge for second all-time at St. John’s. McArdle is one of just three players in school history to tally 100 assists in a career, joining Bugge and all-time leader Mike Bolger, who finished his illustrious career with 122 assists.
The senior needed just four shots to net his three goals on Sunday, and all four of his assists – which helped four different teammates score – came in the third quarter as the Red Storm outscored Holy Cross, 7-1, en route to victory. McArdle leads the BIG EAST in points per game (7.00) and assists per game (4.00).
After debuting at No. 17 in the preseason edition, St. John’s was slotted No. 18 in the Week 1 Inside Lacrosse Warrior DI Men’s Media Poll on Monday. In the first regular season United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2014 Division I Coaches Poll the Red Storm is tied for 19th.
Next up, the Red Storm opens its away slate with a matchup against No. 13 Yale on Saturday, Feb. 22. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.