April 8, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s opens its BIG EAST home schedule when the Red Storm welcomes the Friars of Providence College on Saturday at 1 p.m. at DaSilva Memorial Field.
St. John’s (4-5, 1-1) comes into Saturday’s game after winning a thrilling 11-10 victory over conference rival Rutgers last week. Providence (0-7, 0-1) dropped a 9-8 heartbreak to Bryant on Saturday.
Saturday’s game will be the first conference home game of the season for St. John’s. The Red Storm is currently 2-1 when playing at home, winning the season-opener against Holy Cross and an overtime thriller against Vermont.
The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free “Like It” creation coupon, courtesy of Cold Stone.
Follow The Game Live
Fans can keep up with all of the live action by following the St. John’s lacrosse twitter feed at www.twitter.com/STJ_Lacrosse. Live stats and live streaming video will be available on www.RedStormSports.com. Postgame highlights and interviews will also be available.
St. John’s leads the all-time series against Providence, 9-0. The teams last met in 1995 when the Red Storm captured a 19-6 victory.
Last Time Out
St. John’s defeated Rutgers, 11-10, in the team’s second conference game of the season. Senior Tom Manes scored a career-high four goals, including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining. St. John’s overcame a four-goal first half deficit and a 9-7 fourth quarter deficit to win its first BIG EAST game. Sophomore Charlie Holenstein was instrumental in the comeback, netting three goals and notching two assists, while freshman goalkeeper Jeff Lowman put up extraordinary numbers in goal, saving a career-high 16 shots.
Manes Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, Lowman Tabbed For Honor Roll
Senior Tom Manes was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week while freshman Jeff Lowman was tabbed for the Weekly Honor Roll (4/5). Manes helped lead St. John’s to victory over Rutgers by contributing to three of the team’s four fourth-quarter goals as the Red Storm overcame a 9-7 deficit to win 11-10. After Manes put home the game-winner with just under two minutes to play, he then drew a one-minute slashing penalty on Rutgers with just 1:21 left in the game. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Manes’ four goals marked a career-high output and his five-point game tied for the team-high this season.
Lowman was stout in goal for the Red Storm, registering a save percentage of .615 and making a career-best 16 saves for St. John’s. Lowman held Rutgers to just one goal in the crucial fourth quarter and made a critical stop in the final seconds to preserve the win. The freshman from Millersville, Md. moved to 2-1 on the season when starting in goal.
This week’s awards mark the first time that St. John’s has sported a Player of the Week this season and the first time that two Red Storm teammates have been honored in the same week. The honors are also career-firsts for Manes and Lowman.
Scouting the Providence Friars
Providence dropped to 0-7 on Saturday after losing a close game to Bryant, 9-8.
Sophomore goaltender Christian Dzwilewski (Huntington, N.Y.) had a career day against Bryant on April 3, recording a personal-best 11 saves, and picking up five ground balls while allowing nine goals. For his efforts, Christian was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Apr. 5.
After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, junior midfielder Mike Feldberg (Voorhees, N.J.) has posted a goal in all four games in which he’s played and ranks first on the team with seven goals on the year.
The Friars were picked seventh in the preseason BIG EAST Coaches Poll. Before joining the BIG EAST, Providence was a member of the MAAC lacrosse conference.