April 29, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's will travel to play Sacred Heart in the final road game of the regular season, a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
St. John's (5-7, 2-3) enters Saturday's game after losing to Notre Dame, 13-6, in conference action at home. Sacred Heart (3-10, 1-4) suffered a 13-8 loss to Quinnipiac last week.
The game marks the first non-conference game in over a month for the Red Storm. The team will also compete in the state of Connecticut for the first time this season.
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St. John's will face the Pioneers from Sacred Heart for the first time on Saturday. Sacred Heart is the only first-time opponent on the Red Storm schedule this season.
Last Time Out St. John's lost to Notre Dame 13-6 in BIG EAST play at home on Saturday. The Red Storm kept it close through the first quarter and a half until Notre Dame used three straight goals from Grant Krebs to take a 6-2 lead into halftime. Sophomore Tyler Novotny scored two goals to lead St. John's.
Senior Tom Manes has been an assist machine all season for the Red Storm. The midfielder tied his season high with three assists against Penn State (3/27) and again against Villanova (4/17), and currently leads the team with 13 assists and 24 points.
Along with making the extra pass, Manes is not afraid to shoot the ball in clutch situations. Manes scored a career-best four goals against Rutgers (4/3) including the game-winning score with under two minutes remaining. Manes also netted a dramatic game-tying goal with under a minute to play in St. John's overtime win over Vermont (3/20).
Manes is currently ranked sixth all-time in St. John's history in assists with 45. He is two assists away from moving up the rankings.
Scouting the Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart lost its fifth straight game last week, falling to Quinnipiac 13-8. The team currently stands at 1-4 in NEC play.
Timmy Katz is the Pioneer's leading points scorer, tallying 40 points on the season with 29 goals and 11 assists. Katz ranks 31st in the country with his 2.25 goals per game and 47th with his 3.08 points per game. Goalkeeper Tom Trgo has started all but one of the team's games and has posted a save percentage of .566.
Sacred Heart has shown great depth as a team with 44 different players seeing the field in 2010. Sacred Heart opened the season in a three- way tie for the sixth spot in the NEILA Coaches Poll.