St. John's Hosts Nationally-Ranked Yale
from press release
QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John's welcomes non-conference opponent Yale to DaSilva Memorial Field on Saturday, Feb. 26, for the Red Storm's home opener. The game is also the season opener for the Yale Bulldogs. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m.
St. John's is coming off a 16-7 victory over Holy Cross in last week's season opener on the road, while Yale enters the game ranked 18th in the ESPN/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. St. John's is 2-2 in home openers under head coach Jason Miller.
Saturday's game will be the first matchup between Yale and St. John's since 1993, when Yale took a 9-6 decision. The Bulldogs hold the advantage in the all-time series record, 5-0.
Last Time Out
St. John's defeated Holy Cross, 16-7, in both team's season opener on Feb. 19. The Red Storm blew open the game with four goals in two minutes at the end of the third quarter to extend the lead to 11-6.
The Red Storm attack trio of Kevin Cernuto, Harry Kutner and Kieran McArdle all registered hat tricks and had hands in 13 of the team's 16 goals. St. John's was perfect on clears (19/19) and killed off 5-6 Crusader extra-man opportunities. The win was St. John's third-straight on opening day.
Jeff Lowman Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Two St. John's lacrosse players were named to the season-opening edition of the BIG EAST Weekly Awards. Sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Lowman was selected as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while the freshman Cernuto was tabbed for the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
In a 16-7 win over Holy Cross, Lowman set a new career high with a save percentage of .695. He tied his career high with 16 saves, and helped the Red Storm defense kill off five of six Crusader extra-man opportunities.
A native of Millersville, Md., Lowman was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last season for his 16-save effort in a win over Rutgers on April 3, 2010.
Cernuto put together an impressive offensive display in his collegiate debut at Holy Cross. A native of Neshanic Station, N.J., Cernuto scored four goals on nine shots for a shooting percentage of .444. He also added three assists to finish with a game-high seven points.
Scouting the No. 18/19 Yale Bulldogs
Yale has won its last two season openers. A year ago, the Bulldogs opened with a 14-7 win over Holy Cross at Reese Stadium.
Yale is coming off a four-way share of the 2010 Ivy League title with Princeton, Cornell and Brown. The Elis went 10-4 overall and were 4-2 in league play before falling in the semifinal of the 2010 Ivy League Tournament at Ithaca.
The Elis have won five Ivy League Championships, including the first one handed out in 1956. The others came in 1988, 89, 90 and 2010.
Six Yale players were named to the 2010 All-Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Team, five of them returned this season. Attackman Matt Gibson and midfielders Nick Tsouris and Gregory Mahony garnered second-team status. Goalie Johnathan Falcone and defensemen Michael McCormack and Peter Johnson were all honorable mention.