March 1, 2014
St. John's went on a five-goal run spanning both halves to defeat Siena Lacrosse 14-9 in Queens. The Saints out-shot the Red Storm 53-32, but put only 23 of their targets on goal.
Siena (2-2) held a commanding 32-14 edge in shots over the final half but couldn't capitalize as St. John's (2-1) outscored them 6-5 in the stanza.
The Saints controlled possession throughout thanks to a career effort from Casey Dowd. The junior faceoff specialist won 19-25 draws and picked up a career-high 14 groundballs. But Siena could not take advantage.
St. John's scored the final four goals of the first half to reclaim the lead for good, 8-4 at the break. The Saints rallied to as close as 10-8 late in the third quarter, but the Red Storm scored the next four goals to beat the Saints for the 17th time in 19 all-time meetings between the programs.
Red-shirt junior captain Richie Hurley led the Saints with five points on two goals and three assists, pushing his scoring total to 19 points over the first four games. Junior midfielder Conor Prunty added three points on a goal and two assists, registering 19 shots.
Kieran McArdle paced St. John's with five points on two goals and three assists and Ryan Fitzgerald, Kevin Cernuto and Stefan Diachenko all added hat tricks. Joseph Danaher made 14 saves for the Red Storm which entered the week amongst teams also receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches' and Warrior Media polls.
Senior CLASS Award candidate Colin Clive added a pair of goals for the Saints which held a 28-20 edge in groundballs and went 4-7 on man-up opportunities.
Siena concludes its season opening five-game road trip Saturday with a 1 p.m. faceoff at Hartford.