Feb. 24, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (0-2) travels to High Point, N.C., this weekend for the first-ever matchup with the High Point Panthers (1-2). The game is set for noon at Vert Stadium on the High Point University campus.
Freshman attackman Mike Madsen leads the team with three goals through the first two games. The Locust Valley, N.Y., native has also picked up two groundballs.
Fans can catch Saturday’s contest by tuning into the Big South Sports Network. Live stats can be found at www.sidearmstats.com/highpoint/mlax.
SERIES HISTORY: ST. JOHN’S vs. HIGH POINT
• Saturday’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between High Point and St. John’s.
• High Point established its lacrosse program in 2010, and has been in competition since 2013.
LAST TIME OUT: ST. JOHN’S FALLS TO STONY BROOK AT HOME
• Despite getting off to a quick 4-0 start in the opening quarter, the St. John’s men’s lacrosse team (0-2) fell to NR/RV Stony Brook (2-0) at home on Sunday afternoon, 14-5.
• St. John’s shut out the visiting Seawolves in the opening frame before Stony Brook came back with 14 unanswered goals throughout much of the remaining three quarters of play.
• Freshman Mike Madsen led the Red Storm attack, netting two points on a pair of goals in the first period. Six other Johnnies added points in the contest, including the first goal of the season from junior Jason DeBenedictis, the team’s leading goal scorer from a year ago.
• Both teams finished the game with 35 shots apiece and Stony Brook slightly edged the Red Storm in the faceoffs, 12-for-22.
• The Seawolves retained the majority of the possessions however, picking up 31 groundballs to St. John’s 22.
• The Johnnies also committed five penalties in the contest and Stony Brook was able to take advantage of every extra man-opportunity. The Seawolves scored a perfect 5-of-5 when playing with the extra man.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• With the founding of the program in 2010, the Panthers begin its 2017 campaign for the first-time ever without the help of the class of “founding fathers.” Last spring the Panthers graduated redshirt seniors Richard Byrd, Nick Bittner and Adam Seal - the final members of this class - and are now without HPU’s leaders in goals scored, points scored, face-offs won, ground balls and games played.
• High Point was picked to finish third in the Southern Conference’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Panthers are led by senior Michael LeClair and sophomore Tim Troutner Jr., who were both named to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team.
• LeClair has recorded back-to-back 53-point campaigns while finishing in the top-two in the league in points in 2015 and 2016. Troutner Jr., a goalie, tallied a .555 save percentage and an 8-4 record in the crease last year. Due to his exploits in 2016, Troutner Jr. was named to the SoCon All-Freshman squad.
• The Panthers, led by sixth-year Head Coach Jon Torpey sit a 1-2 on the year having played some top NCAA Division I lacrosse talent. High Point dropped a tough battle to No. 14 Duke, 10-5, before topping BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 9-3. Last weekend the Panthers lost 19-5 to No. 3 Maryland. High Point has three other nationally-ranked squads on its remaining schedule in No. 7 Virginia, No. 16 Richmond and No. 15 Air Force.
• The Johnnies return home for the third time in four games as St. John’s plays host to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m.
• The game will be streamed live on www.RedStormSports.com.
Keep up with Red Storm lacrosse all season long at RedStormSports.com and on Twitter by following @StJohnsLax and using the hashtag “#SJULAX.”