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Red Storm Opens BIG EAST Play Friday At Syracuse; Hosts Princeton Sunday

Freshman Kristin Russell
Freshman Kristin Russell

Sept. 18, 2008

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's women's soccer team will open BIG EAST action on the road, when it travels to face Syracuse on Friday at 6 p.m. The Red Storm will return home to Belson Stadium on Sunday and wrap up non-conference action when it hosts Princeton at 1 p.m.

    • On Friday, live stats of the Syracuse-St. John's contest can be accessed through On Sunday, will stream the non-conference contest with Princeton on StormTracker All-Access presented by Allstate. The game will have a live video and audio broadcast, which will feature a three-camera setup, a scoreboard and advanced production capabilities. Red Storm play-by-play announcer Ralph Bednarczyk will have the call. Fans can access the feature by going to, clicking on the All-Access button and signing up for the service. The All-Access subscription is $9.95 a month and $79.95 for the year. Fans can access Red Storm events by signing up for the service.

    • The Red Storm is off to a 4-1-1 start on the season, including posting an unbeaten, 1-0-1 slate through its last two contests. St. John's is coming off a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Columbia on Sept. 12 and a 1-0 win over Quinnipiac on Sept. 14 to finish second at the New York City Nike Classic.

    A Look At The Competition
    • St. John's will open league play when it faces in-state foe Syracuse. The Orange is off to a 2-3-1 start on the season. Its two wins on the year came in its season-opening game, a 3-1 win over Albany on Aug. 22, and its last outing, a 2-0 win over Colgate on Sept. 14. Megan Bellingham leads the way for the team's offense with five goals and 10 points. Syracuse leads the all-time series with St. John's, 7-4-1, but the Red Storm has won the last two games and has posted a 4-2 slate through the last six meetings.

    • The Red Storm will face Princeton on Sunday for only the second time in history. The Tigers have won the only meeting, a 1-0 victory on Oct. 19, 1997. Princeton has a 1-1-0 record on the year through Sept. 18, and hosts Towson on Friday. Sarah Peteraf and Lisa Chinn lead the way for the Tiger offense, each scoring a goal. Alyssa Pont has anchored the team's defensive efforts in net, allowing only two goals in over 180 minutes.

    Ludemann Featured On "Inside The BIG EAST"
    C.J. Ludemann will be featured on the next "Inside The BIG EAST" show, which will be broadcast across the country this weekend.

    • Fans can catch the interview locally on SportsNet New York (SNY) Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., or nationally on ESPNU Friday at 7 p.m. In addition, the show will be broadcast regionally on the following channels: FSN Pittsburgh, Catch 47, WVFX (Fox), TWC Wisconsin, TWC Syracuse, TWC Buffalo/Rochester, WHAS (ABC), MASN, WHME-TV 46, Cox New England, WCTX, Ohio News Network, CSS and FSN Ohio.

    • "Inside The BIG EAST" follows the story of Ludemann's return home to the New York area and the contributions she has had on the team this season. She started her collegiate career at Duke, where she was a key member of the Blue Devils run to the 2007 College Cup Elite Eight and finished second on the team in scoring. In April, the Long Island native decided it was time for her to come back home and be with her family and transferred to St. John's.

    • Ludemann has made an immediate impact on the team this year, tying for the team lead with 10 shots and pacing the way with seven shots on goal. She assisted on the game-winning goal in the Red Storm's 1-0 season-opening victory over Fairfield on Aug. 22, and she scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Quinnipiac on Sunday. For her game-winning score, she earned the Goal of the Week honor on Sept. 15.

    Ludemann Earns Goal Of The Week Honor
    • With the game-wining goal over Quinnipiac on Sunday, Ludemann earned the Goal Of The Week honor, as announced on Sept. 15.

    • The junior scored the winner and the only goal of the game in the 19th minute of play on Sunday. Sarah McGrath had the ball and passed it to Ludemann, who was 30 yards out from the net. Ludemann took the pass and kicked the ball high, bending it at the last minute over keeper Jillian Kelley's head for the score. The goal was the first of the season for Ludemann and the assist was McGrath's second of the year.

    • On the weekend, Ludemann was the team's offensive leader, finishing with a team-high six shots, five on goal. She played in 181 minutes out of a total of 200, and closed out the tournament with four shots on goal against the Bobcats.

    Doran Named To BIG EAST Honor Roll
    • St. John's women's soccer player Nicole Doran has been named to the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Honor Roll for the week ending Sept. 14.

    • The junior anchored the Red Storm's stingy defensive line that did not allow a goal in 200 minutes of play at the STJ New York City Nike Classic Sept. 12 and Sept. 14. Doran played all 200 minutes of competition - the only Red Storm player to do so - and led the team to a double-overtime scoreless tie with Columbia and a 1-0 shutout win over Quinnipiac. For her strong defensive play, she was named to the STJ NYC Nike Classic All-Tournament team.

    STJ Ranked Second In Northeast Region
    • The St. John's women's soccer team has received a No. 2 ranking in the Northeast Region as released by SoccerBuzz Magazine on Sept. 16. The Red Storm, which was previously No. 4 in the region, moved up to its highest ranking in history thanks to a 1-0-1 performance over the weekend. St. John's opened its New York City Nike Classic tournament on Friday with a scoreless tie against Columbia and concluded action with a 1-0 victory over Quinnipiac.



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