PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse squad (0-2) is set to play two games this week, first returning home to host St. John’s (2-2) this Tuesday, March 6. Opening face-off is set for 2:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Note: This game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m., but the unfavorable weather forecast for Wednesday pushed the game up a day.
Live streaming of Tuesday's game will be available free of charge through NEC Front Row. For system requirements and best streaming practices, please visit: NEC Front Row. Live stats will also be provided at SJUHawks.com.
The Hawks have a quick four-day turnaround before heading to Monmouth (2-2) on Saturday, March 10. Opening face-off at Kessler Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. Live streaming of the game will not be available.
Saint Joseph’s enters Tuesday’s game following back-to-back losses vs. Fairfield, 11-6, in the season opener and at Providence, 4-3. Last time out, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mike Adler stood on his head in net, making 16 saves on just 20 Providence shot-on-goal attempts for an 80% save percentage for the game; for his efforts, Adler was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week and was tabbed to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Team of the Week.
Through the Hawks’ first two games, graduate student attackman Mike Rastivo (3g, 1a), senior attackman Chris Blewitt (2g, 2a), and senior midfielder Kyle Cain (2g, 2a) own four points apiece, while senior midfielder Jason Kelly (1g, 1a) has also notched double-digit points for the Hawks. Senior long stick midfielder Austin Smith (8gb) and senior defenseman Brendan McNicholas (7gb) have combined for 15 of SJU’s 40 ground balls while Adler (0-2) owns a .634 save percentage and 7.50 goals against average with 26 saves and 15 goals allowed in all 120:00.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S
St. John’s, currently 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road this spring, opened the season with a 12-8 road loss to then-#8/7 Rutgers before earning back-to-back home wins over Hartford, 14-12, and High Point, 16-11. Most recently, the Red Storm took then-#10/10 UNC down to the wire in Chapel Hill on Saturday, ultimately falling, 9-8, to a Tar Heel game-winner with 6.8 seconds to play; St. John's used six different goal scorers in the effort while netminder Matt Hanley made 15 saves in the full 60:00.
On the season, Joe Madsen (12g, 3a), Colin Duffy (9g, 1a), and Jason DeBenedictis (8g, 5a) lead the Red Storm in scoring with double-digit points while Luke Roediger owns a team-best 20 ground balls. Face-off specialist Justin Corpolongo has gone 34-of-70 (48.6%) from the X while goalkeeper Matt Hanley (2-2) sports a .511 save percentage with 46 saves in all 240:00 on the season.
Tuesday’s game will mark the third all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and St. John’s in as many seasons. Then-junior attackman Chris Blewitt factored into five scoring plays (3g, 2a) in SJU’s 8-5 road win last year and put away four goals in SJU’s 16-8 home win in 2016.
Monmouth opened the season with a 9-8, double-overtime road loss at RV/#18 Princeton before going on to defeat Wagner on the road, 17-4. The Hawks then dropped a 15-11 home match-up to -/RV Delaware before defeating UMass Lowell, 9-8, on the road on Saturday; Bryce Wasserman scored the game-winner for the Hawks with nine ticks remaining on the scoreboard.
On the season, Wasserman (8g, 5a) and Hunter Jones (9g, 1a) lead Monmouth in scoring with double-digit points while five Hawks have gone for 10+ ground balls, led by Garrett Pfeifer (14). Keegan Teluk (23-of-59, 39%) has seen the most time from the circle while goalkeeper Noah Lode (2-2) sports a .551 save percentage and 9.18 goals against average with 43 saves in 228:47, all but 17:04 on the season.
Saturday’s game will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Monmouth, with all four games being played from 2014-17 under the direction of seventh-year head coach Taylor Wray. The last time SJU faced Monmouth on the road, then-junior attackman Mike Rastivo (4g) and then-sophomore midfielder Hayes McGinley (3g, 1a) combined for seven goals in the Hawk’s ten-goal, 18-8 victory.
All-time series results are listed below:
2017 - W - 6-5 OT - Home
2016 - W - 18-8 - Away
2015 - W - 9-2 - Home
2014 - W - 11-6 - Away
TUESDAY’S GAME DEDICATED TO ONE LOVE FOUNDATION
In conjunction with the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse game vs. #11/8 Navy at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday's men's lacrosse game will be dedicated to the One Love Foundation; One Love was created in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just three weeks before graduation. The goal of the One Love Foundation is to honor Yeardley by bringing an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering, and activating campus communities in a movement for change. The foundation works to ensure that everyone understands the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.
The Hawks will wear One Love-specific t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups, and fans will be able to purchase t-shirts during the game.
“We are honored to work with the One Love Foundation to do what we can to help educate people about healthy relationships and how to identify an unhealthy situation,” said Saint Joseph’s men’s head coach Taylor Wray. “We believe in the mission of the foundation and hope that we can use our sport in a positive fashion to help put a stop to relationship violence.”
For more information on the One Love Foundation, visit joinonelove.org.
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