Oct. 18, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John’s lacrosse returns to the field for the first time since the conclusion of a thrilling 2012 season on Saturday, Oct. 20 for its fall scrimmages against Army and Harvard at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.
The Red Storm will open the day against the host Black Knights with faceoff set for 11 a.m. Harvard and Army are slated to follow at 12:45 p.m. with St. John’s taking on Harvard at approximately 2 p.m. to cap off the fallball tripleheader.
“We are excited for the chance to play what I consider to be two high quality programs,” said head coach Jason Miller. “Anytime you play an Army team, you’re going to find out how tough you are, and I expect Harvard to be as talented as any team we’ll see all year. The fall scrimmages will be a good barometer for where we are now and where we need to go to be ready in the spring.”
The fall scrimmages will give St. John’s the chance to face a pair of uncommon opponents as the Red Storm have never faced either the Black Knights or the Crimson since the lacrosse program was reinstated in 2005. St. John’s holds matching 1-3 records against both teams having last played Army in 1987 and Harvard in 1989.
The fall scrimmages should serve as a strong evaluation of the Red Storm as both the Black Knights and Crimson recorded successful 2012 campaigns. Army finished the season 7-8 but qualified for its seventh straight season and was ranked inside the top-20 late in April. The Black Knights return All-American attackman Garrett Thul who has tallied 122 goals in his first three seasons in West Point. Harvard began the 2012 season ranked No. 13 by the USILA and compiled a 6-8 overall record in a difficult Ivy League. The Crimson returns a solid defensive core with the three top players in groundballs all coming back in 2013.
St. John’s lacrosse put together the program’s most successful season in 2012. The Red Storm finished 8-7, the most wins in a season since the program was reinstated in 2005, and played in the first-ever BIG EAST Lacrosse Championship against Syracuse on May 5. St. John’s defeated two ranked teams (No. 20 Georgetown and No. 2 Notre Dame) during the year. The Red Storm finished the season ranked No. 20 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It marked the first time in program history that St. John’s finished the season ranked in the top-20.
St. John’s brings back 27 players and welcomes 11 newcomers to the 2013 squad. The Red Storm will feature three All-BIG EAST selections from 2012, first team honorees attackman Kieran McArdle and longstick midfielder Dillon Ayers as well as second team member goalie Jeff Lowman. McArdle (28 goals and 32 assists) was an Honorable Mention USILA All-American last season and begins the 2013 season tied for sixth all-time in points with 99.
Lacrosse fans should be aware of the new rule changes implemented by the NCAA for the 2013 season that will begin during the fall season. The NCAA has put in place a number of rules that are intended to speed up the pace of play as teams will now be forced to register a shot on goal within 30 seconds of a stall warning being put on by the officials. A detailed description of the new rules can be found here courtesy of Inside Lacrosse.
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