May 6, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s will play host to two-time defending national champion Syracuse in the final game of the regular season this Saturday at 1 p.m.
St. John’s (5-8, 2-3) enters Saturday’s game after a 6-goal, second half rally fell short at Sacred Heart and the Red Storm lost 8-6 last weekend. 2/2 Syracuse (12-1, 5-0) travels to Queens after defeating Notre Dame on the road, 12-6, last Saturday night.
The game will be the last home game of the season as well as Senior Day for the eight Red Storm seniors, Gavin Buckley, Reggie Davis, Kevin Katerndahl, Tom Manes, Marco Massaro, Nick Messinger, Garrett Mitchell and Jerry Nevin.
“I have a lot of respect for the job this group has done,” head coach Jason Miller said of the seniors. “It’s been far from easy, and they’ve dealt with their fair share of adversity while finding a way to win some big games. Throughout their years, their commitment, effort, and desire to make this program better have never waivered, and for that I am very grateful.”
The program will also honor former Red Storm lacrosse player Bill Snyder ‘89 at halftime in an Alumni Day ceremony. Snyder tallied 157 ground balls, 12 goals and five assists in 53 games for the Red Storm from 1986-89.
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 video will be available on RedStormSports.com.
St. John’s will face the Orange for the first time as a conference opponent and third time overall on Saturday. Syracuse leads the all-time series 2-0 as the teams last met in 1991.
Last Time Out
St. John’s lost to Sacred Heart last week, 8-6, in non-conference action. St. John’s came back from down 7-0 at halftime to make the score 7-6 with three minutes remaining. St. John’s was unable to clear the ball with 19 seconds remaining and Sacred Heart scored an empty net goal. Terence Leach and Harry Kutner led St. John’s with two goals each, and Jeff Lowman secured 16 saves.
St. John’s seniors Tom Manes and Gavin Buckley were honored during the 64th annual St. John’s Athletics Awards ceremony on Monday, May 3. Manes, who leads the team in assists and points, was given the Francis A. McCall Memorial Award, given to the team’s MVP.
Buckley, a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, was the first-ever unanimous male winner of the Rickard F. McSwiney Award, given to the male and female student-athletes who best typify the St. John’s man and woman. They should exhibit pride in team achievements, determination as a competitor to excel, graciousness in victory and defeat, ability as a leader, and love and dedication to their alma mater. Buckley was also named as a Dr. Michael Pisano Award winner.
Junior Dan Cremens was announced as one of three student-athletes to be named to the school’s prestigious President’s Society. Cremens was also named to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.
Scouting the 2/2 Syracuse Orange
Syracuse is coming off a 12-6 road win over Notre Dame last week. The Orange are currently ranked second in both national polls, and are undefeated in BIG EAST play.
Syracuse junior attackman Stephen Keogh and junior longstick midfielder Joel White were honored by the BIG EAST last week as Keogh was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and White was picked to the conference honor roll.
Attacker Chris Daniello ranks 18th in the country in points per game (3.62) and 14th in assists per game (1.77). Goalkeeper John Galloway is tops in the nation in goals-against average (7.23) and eighth in save percentage (.582).
The Orange have been ranked among the top teams in the country all year and will look to defend its back-to-back national titles this postseason.