No. 25/25 St. John's Opens Play At Belson Against Ivy Squads Harvard And Yale

REDSTORMSPORTS.COM Chris Lebo has started all three games this season and has one assist.
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Chris Lebo has started all three games this season and has one assist.
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Sept. 7, 2011

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - Taking the field as a ranked team for the first time this season after shutout wins on the road against then-No. 8 William & Mary and Boston University, the No. 25/25 St. John's men's soccer team returns home and opens play at Belson Stadium against a pair of Ivy League schools in Harvard and Yale. The Red Storm takes on the Crimson at 8 p.m. on Sept. 9 before a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Bulldogs on Sept. 11. The Sunday game versus Yale is ROTC Night and Military, FDNY and NYPD Appreciation Night. All ROTC, military, FDNY and NYPD personnel get a free ticket to the game when they show their ID at the ticket window.

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  • Including a 16-1-3 record with head coach Dr. Dave Masur at the helm, St. John's is 24-3-5 all-time in home-openers. Masur was unbeaten in his first 15 home-openers (13-0-2) before a 2-1 loss against then-No. 12 Virginia Tech in the 2006 home-opener.
  • Harvard and Yale are two of four Ivy League opponents for the Red Storm this season. St. John's travels to Princeton (Sept. 28) and hosts Brown (Oct. 4) in the final regular season non-conference game.
  • St. John's currently ranks tied for first in the league in shutouts (2) and tied for sixth in both goals scored (4) and goals allowed (3).
  • Jack Bennett is tied for the league-lead in game-winners (2), and tied for ninth in points (4) and goals (2).

    Inside The Series With Harvard

  • This will be the first-ever meeting between St. John's and Harvard.

    Scouting the Crimson

  • Harvard was 5-7-5 (2-3-2) in 2010 and is 1-0-0 this year after a season-opening 1-0 win against Northeastern.
  • A second team All-Ivy selection, Brian Rogers had five goals and one assist to pace the Crimson a year ago.
  • Scott Prozeller also earned second team honors after tallying three goals and one assist, while Austin Harms was an honorable mention after posting three shutouts and a 1.15 goals against average.
     

     

    Inside the Series Yale
  • This will be just the fourth meeting in an all-time series that dates back to 1999.
  • St. John's leads the series 2-1-0, including a 1-0-0 mark at home.
  • The Red Storm defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 28, 2010 in the first meeting between the squads since a 5-0 Red Storm victory on Oct. 31, 2001.
  • Yale took the first-ever meeting by a 2-0 score on Oct. 20, 1999.

    Scouting The Bulldogs

  • Yale is 1-1-0 on the season after a season-opening 2-0 win against Central Connecticut and a 1-0 loss to Lehigh. The Bulldogs finished 3-12-2 (1-5-1) a season ago.
  • Andy Hackbarth, a three-time All-Ivy selection, and Peter Jacobson scored two goals apiece a season ago and are the top returning scorers. Nick Alers, an honorable mention All-Ivy choice as a freshman, also returns on defense.
  • Bobby Thalman started all but one game in 2010 and posted a 1.45 goals against average and had three shutouts.

    Lade Nabs BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week Accolades

  • After anchoring a St. John's defensive unit that that allowed a combined three shots on goal in a pair of shutouts wins on the road, senior Connor Lade has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Lade and the backline allowed just five shots, three on goal, in a 3-0 win against then-No. 8 William & Mary before allowing zero shots on goal in a 1-0 win against Boston University.

    Bennett Scores Second-Straight Game-Winner In Win At Boston University

  • Junior Jack Bennett tallied the game-winning goal for the second-straight game in a 1-0 win at Boston University (Sept. 3).
  • The midfielder scored his first-career goal, the eventual game-winner, one game earlier in a 3-0 win at then-No. 8 William & Mary (Sept. 1).

    First-Career Goal For Bennett Is The Winner In 3-0 Shutout Of No. 8 Tribe

  • Junior Jack Bennett scored his first-career goal in a 3-0 win against then-No. 8 William & Mary (Sept. 1) and it proved to be the game-winner.
  • A two-time national champion at Tyler J.C., Bennett put the Red Storm up 1-0 in the 18th minute with an assist from Jimmy Mulligan.

    Mulligan Tallies First-Career multi-Assist game At No. 8 William & Mary

  • Redshirt sophomore Jimmy Mulligan registered two assists in a 3-0 win against then-No. 8 William & Mary (Sept. 1) to record his first-career multi-assist performance.
  • After setting up Jack Bennett in the 18th minute for what proved to be the game-winner, the midfielder set up Adrian L'Esperance in the 20th minute.
  • Mulligan has had one previous multi-point game, tallying one goal and one assist in a 5-0 win against LIU on Sept. 19, 2010.
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