NCAA Tournament Begins As St. John's Hosts FDU In First Round On ESPN3

Freshman Danny Bedoya has two goals and one assist this season.

Nov. 14, 2012

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - Appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in program history, including the fourth time in the past five seasons, No. 18/25 St. John's (10-4-4), an at-large selection and one of eight BIG EAST schools in the Field of 48, hosts Fairleigh Dickinson (9-5-6) in a First Round game at Belson Stadium that will air on ESPN3. The Red Storm hosts the Knights in a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 15 with the winner advancing to face Saint Louis, the No. 8 national seed, on the road in the Second Round on Nov. 18.

    The Last Meeting
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    September 10, 2010
    Queens, N.Y.
    Offense Propels No. 25/24 St. John's To 5-0 Win Against FDU
    Playing in front of the third-largest crowd in Belson Stadium history (2,202), the No. 25/24 St. John's men's soccer team surged to a 5-0 win against FDU in the home-opener.

    Longtime St. John's commentator Ralph Bednarczyk will handle play-by-play on the ESPN3 broadcast, while two-time MLS All-Star and 2002 Hermann Trophy winner Alecko Eskandarian will serve as the color analyst.

    Free Kicks

  • St. John's is 25-17-1 (.593) in 18 prior NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 17-6-1 record in home games.
  • The 1996 NCAA National Champions, St. John's has made four College Cup appearances (2008, 2003, 2001 and 1996).
  • St. John's is 10-0-0 this season when scoring first and 6-0-0 when taking a lead into halftime.
  • A Tim Parker penalty kick goal in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals against Georgetown (Nov. 3) gave St. John's 11 different players with at least one goal this season, including six different players with at least one game-winning goal.
  • Led by Jelani Williams (4g, 1a), the freshman class has combined to total eight goals, including two game-winners, and seven assists.

    Inside The Series With FDU

  • This will be just the eighth meeting in an all-time series that dates back to 1979.
  • The Red Storm trails the series 3-4-0, but is 3-0-0 since the 2002 season. The Knights won the first four meetings, all of which were played between 1979-82.
  • St. John's recorded a 5-0 victory in the last meeting between the teams on Sept. 10, 2010.
  • St. John's and FDU have met once in NCAA Tournament action with the Red Storm posting a 2-1 double overtime victory in the Second Round of the 2002 Tournament.


    Scouting The Knights
  • The Northeast Conference champions, FDU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 9-5-6 record.
  • The Knights played to a 1-1 draw with Saint Francis (Pa.) in the title game before winning the championship on penalty kicks.
  • A first team All-NEC selection, Jack McVey paces the offense with five goals and five assists.
  • Nico Wright adds five goals and two assists, while Jan Aubert has four goals and two assists.
  • Two other players earned All-NEC honors as defenders Nicholas Walker (2g, 0a) was a first team selection and Jeffrey Barrenechea (0g, 1a) was a second team honoree.
  • Goalkeeper Jacob Lissek is 9-3-6 with a 0.98 goals against average and nine shutouts.

    Quartet Of Red Storm All-BIG EAST Selections Highlighted By Two First Team Honorees

  • A quartet of St. John's players earned All-BIG EAST honors for the 2012 season as both Jack Bennett and Rafael Diaz earned first team accolades and both Tim Parker and Jamie Thomas were second team selections.
  • One of five programs with at least two first team honorees this year, St. John's has placed at least one player on the first team in each of the past five seasons.
  • Selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, Bennett has started all 18 games this season and leads the team in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14). The left back is also tied for the team-lead with three game-winning goals.
  • A BIG EAST All-Rookie selection as a freshman in 2010, Diaz has a 10-4-4 record and a 0.74 goals against average. The keeper has eight shutouts, tying a career-high, and finished tied for the league-lead with four clean sheets in conference action.
  • Another selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, Parker earns BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season after an All-Rookie campaign last season. The center back has one goal and one assist, while anchoring a defensive unit that has eight shutouts.
  • Thomas, meanwhile, earns conference honors for the first time in his career. The junior tallied one assist, the first of his career, ranked fourth among field players in minutes and has helped a defense that allows just 3.9 shots on goal per game.
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