March 2, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - St. John's Colin Keegan scored the game-winning goal - his fifth of the day - with 3:18 remaining as the Red Storm rallied past Siena Lacrosse 12-11 at Siena Turf Field. Colin Clive, Richie Hurley and Danny Martinsen all posted four points for the Saints.
Siena (1-3) scored the first three goals of the second half, taking their biggest lead of the day at 9-5 with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter. But St. John's (3-1) scored the next four goals to even the contest at 9-9 heading into the final quarter.
In a seesaw fourth quarter, Siena took its final lead on a Kyle Curry goal with 11:52 remaining. But the Red Storm scored twice in the span of 15 seconds to reclaim an 11-10 lead with 8:34 remaining and never trailed again.
Clive completed the hat trick, finishing a nice feed from Hurley to tie the game one final time with 6:05 remaining, but Keegan had the final say as St. John's beat the Saints for the 16th time in 18 all-time meetings.
Reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week Kevin Cernuto added four goals for St. John's while conference Preseason Player of the Year Kieran McArdle came through late with a goal and two assists for the Red Storm which entered the day amongst teams also receiving votes to be ranked in both the USILA Coaches' and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls.
Siena out-shot St. John's 56-43, but the Saints only put 25 of those targets on goal. Red Storm goalie Jeff Lowman came up big late and finished with 14 saves, while Matt Sharp stopped 12 shots for the Saints.
Siena's challenging early season schedule continues with a quick turnaround Tuesday. The Saints travel to defending America East Champion Stony Brook for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff.