St. John's Attack, McArdle Overpower Yale
from press release
QUEENS, N.Y. — An eight-goal day from the St. John's attack and a score from Kieran McArdle in the final minute of play secured the 10-9 win and the program's first-ever victory over No. 17/20 Yale on Feb. 23, 2013.
"I couldn't be prouder of our team right now," said head coach Jason Miller. "We dealt with a tremendous amount of adversity this week, and to be able to persevere against an opponent as strong as Yale is just incredible."
St. John's has now won three games over ranked opponents in the last two seasons after the Red Storm took down No. 20 Georgetown and No. 2 Notre Dame last season. It was the first triumph over a ranked opponent at DaSilva Memorial Field since St. John's upset the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas on Feb. 28, 2009.
The win marks the first 2-0 start for St. John's since the 2010 season when the Red Storm opened with victories over Holy Cross and Air Force.
McArdle finished with three goals and two assists while Kevin Cernuto carried the offensive load early on with two goals and three assists. Colin Keegan also recorded a hat trick to complete a 13-point day for the Johnnies junior attackmen against the 18th-ranked scoring defense from a year ago.
Yale challenged with 48 total shots, but St. John's net-minder Jeff Lowman was up to the task recording 17 total saves. It was the most saves by the senior goalie since turning away 18 shots against Georgetown on March 5, 2011. Mark DiFrangia led a strong defensive effort with three groundballs and one assist.
Despite being outshot 48-to-23 and losing the groundball battle 32-to-18, St. John's used an impressive 43.5 percent shooting mark and Lowman's 17 saves to gain the advantage.
Yale opened the scoring with a goal from Brandon Mangan but Cernuto responded with an unassisted effort to even the score 1-1. The Bulldogs closed the quarter on a two-goal run with tallies by Conrad Oberbeck and Kirby Zdrill to head to the second leading 3-1.
From the opening faceoff of the second period, St. John's seized momentum with four-straight goals. McArdle found an open Keith Switzer crashing towards net and the junior midfielder put away the transition opportunity to close the gap to 3-2. Cernuto would take it upon himself again, scoring his second unassisted goal of the game and then fed Keegan square on for a snipe into the upper netting. A few possessions later, McArdle took a pass from Fitzgerald on the right wing and delivered off an impossible angle into the top corner to put St. John's up 5-3 with 5:17 left to play in the half. Sean Shakespeare would add one more goal before the first 30 came to a close to send St. John's to the locker room leading 5-4.
Another Yale goal to open the second-half tied the game once again at 5-5, but back-to-back goals from Connor Mullen and Keegan put St. John's back on top 7-5. Cernuto assisted on both goals moving his point total to five on the day. Zdrill earned a hat trick for the Bulldogs with a man-up finish in front of net off an unsettled situation to reduce the Red Storm lead to 7-6. In the final minute of the third quarter, McArdle used a bull dodge to muscle his way towards the crease and deposited his own version of an eephus shot as the ball rainbowed over Yale's goalie Eric Natale's right shoulder. The Red Storm took an 8-6 advantage into the final 15 minutes and closed out its second fourth quarter lead of the season.
Yale would make things interesting with a pair of goals from Michael Lipin and Mangan to tie the game 8-8 with 6:42 to play. St. John's answered back as McArdle found a leaping Keegan in front of net to put the Red Storm back up 9-8. Shakespeare scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Shane Thornton to tie the game heading towards the final four minutes.
In the final minutes, the St. John's defense dug deep, killing off a DiFrangia penalty and regaining possession with just over a minute to play. After the clear, the ball found its way to the Red Storm's closer, McArdle, who rolled across the front of the net from 15 yards out in order to set up a left-handed rip to put St. John's up 10-9 in the final minute. A flurry of Yale shots failed to find the net in the final 30 seconds and the final whistle urged the Red Storm bench onto the field to celebrate around their goalie Lowman.
It's a quick turnaround for the Red Storm as it faces local rival Stony Brook on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens, N.Y. The game will be broadcast by STJ-TV on ESPN3.
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