PHILADELPHIA – Tied 7-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Red Storm scored the final five goals of the game as the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse squad dropped a 12-7 decision to St. John's on Tuesday afternoon on Sweeney Field. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-3 while the Red Storm improves to 3-2.
The game had originally been scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. but was moved up a day due to the unfavorable weather forecast.
"We had the game hanging in the balance at 7-7, and we failed to make the plays we needed to make in order to win the game," said head coach Taylor Wray following the loss. "We're not going to beat anyone unless we make the plays we need to make down the stretch of the game. We continue to not make those plays, and until that changes, we're not going to win. We need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how we're going to fix it."
Senior midfielder Kyle Cain led the Hawks in scoring with a hat trick and one assist while senior attackman Chris Blewitt (1g, 2a) and graduate student attackman Mike Rastivo (1g, 1a) added multi-point efforts.
Down four after St. John's Joe Madsen opened the third quarter with a score (11:12) to put the Red Storm up, 7-3, the Hawks tore off for four goals in the final 5:21 of the third to enter the fourth quarter with an even 7-7 score; Blewitt found Cain twice (5:21, 4:03), with the latter being an EMO goal, before Blewitt netted his own goal on a feed from Rastivo (2:25). Cain's equalizer, assisted by senior midfielder Hayes McGinley, closed the run with 50 ticks before the final 15:00.
Despite winning only two of six possessions from the X in the fourth quarter, St. John's managed to rip off 14 shots, compared to Saint Joseph's five, in the final 15:00, five of which found the back of the net from Declan Swartwood (12:38), Colin Duffy (6:42, 1:34), and Jason DeBenedictis (0:58, 0:19); DeBenedictis found open looks on net for St. John's final two goals.
For the game, the Red Storm earned a 36-28 advantage in shots, despite the Hawks' 23-22 edge over the first three quarters. St. John's held a 30-27 edge in ground balls, but for the first time this season, the Hawks went over 50 percent at the face-off as freshman William Jardeleza went 65 percent (15-of-23), with a game-high seven ground balls, on the afternoon.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Mike Adler (0-3) made 10 saves, seven of which came in the third and fourth quarters, in the full 60:00.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at Monmouth (2-2) this Saturday, March 10. Opening face-off at Kessler Stadium in West Long Branch, N.J. is slated for 1:00 p.m.
Photos (Sideline Photos, LLC) from today's game will be made available at PhotoShelter.com.
GAME NOTES: Tuesday's game was dedicated to the One Love Foundation; the Hawks wore pre-game shirts while Saint Joseph's branch of the One Love Foundation sold shirts during the game.