Bennett Tallies Game-Winner As St. John's Blanks No. 8 William & Mary, 3-0|
Sept. 1, 2011
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - St. John's netted a pair of goals just 2:20 apart midway through the first half and produced a 15-5 advantage in shots en route to a 3-0 triumph against No. 8 William & Mary that snapped the Tribe's 13-game home unbeaten streak. Jack Bennett tallied his first-career goal, the game-winner, to lead St. John's (1-1-0), while Jimmy Mulligan had two assists. Adrian L'Esperance and Nick Matthews added one goal apiece for the Red Storm, and Rafael Diaz made three saves to post the shutout. Colin Smolinsky made four saves for William & Mary (1-1-0), which had been 11-0-2 in its previous 13 home games.
"Tonight we had a great team effort with a lot of different guys contributing to the result," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "It's always good to get a win on the road, especially against a tough squad like William & Mary."
St. John's earned a corner kick in the 9th minute to set up the first scoring chance of the game, but could not create a shot on the play.
The Red Storm, however, took a 1-0 lead on their next opportunity in the 18th minute as Bennett found the back of the net for his first-career goal. Smolinsky came out of the net in an attempt to grab a Mulligan centering pass from the right, but could not reach it and Bennett finished with his left foot from six yards out.
St. John's wasted no time in extending the lead, adding a goal just 2:20 later to make it a 2-0 game in the 20th minute. Mulligan earned his second assist of the game on the play as his through pass set up L'Esperance, who scored from 15-yards out.
Bennett nearly added another goal in the 22nd minute as the Red Storm kept the pressure on the Tribe, but his header attempt banged off the crossbar.
St. John's broke through for another shot in the 39th minute, but a shot by Matthews was saved.
The Red Storm had one final opportunity in the 45th minute, earning a corner kick with 15 seconds to play in the half. Bennett sent the ball into the box, but a Bjorn de Hoop header with one second left in the first half went wide and St. John's took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
St. John's had a pair of good opportunities in the 51st minute, forcing Smolinsky to make a pair of saves. Pablo Battuto Punyed ripped a shot from distance, but Smolinky could only tip it past the end line and the Red Storm earned a corner kick. Battuto Punyed then tested Smolinsky again on the ensuing corner kick, but the keeper made the stop on the header attempt.
The Red Storm had another shot on goal in the 56th minute as Mulligan had his shot attempt saved by Smolinsky.
A nice run by Chris Lebo set up a goal for Matthews in the 71st minute as St. John's went up 3-0. After bringing the ball up the left side of the field, Lebo reached the 18-yard box and sent in a centering pass. Matthews collected the ball at the far post and beat Smolinksy for his first-career goal.
The Tribe quickly tried to counter with a its first shot on goal in the 72nd minute, but Diaz made the stop on a John Ciampa shot. Diaz made another save shortly thereafter, stopping a Chris Perez header in the 75th minute.
Following off-target shots by de Hoop in the 83rd minute and Matthews in the 84th minute, William & Mary went back on the attack. Diaz, though, stopped a Ben Anderson shot in the 85th minute before a follow up attempt by Nicolas Abrigo went high and St. John's wrapped up the 3-0 victory.
St. John's returns to action on Sept. 3, traveling to Boston for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Boston University.
Notes: St. John's is now 2-0-2 all-time against William & Mary ... Mulligan registered his first-career multi-assist game ... Lebo picked up his first point in a St. John's uniform ... Diaz posted his ninth-career shutout.