In a year that has seen the mighty fall already, another Top 10 team suffered a damaging defeat yesterday. On a sunny afternoon in Queens, N.Y., the St. John's Red Storm defeated the visiting Hofstra Pride by a score of 7-6
Hofstra, who has already beaten No. 2 Notre Dame this year, saw a energized St. John's team rally around four assists from Kieran McArdle to defend their home turf. St. John's has been having a quietly successful season, with a win over Yale already on their resume as they prepared to face the Pride.
Kevin Cernuto recorded a hat trick for St. Johns, overcoming a tough Hofstra defensive unit.
The hero of the day for the Johnnies was goaltender Jeff Lowman. Lowman recorded an amazing 19 saves, and recorded a 76 percent save rate on the day. For those that are unfamiliar with the game of lacrosse, those numbers are staggering.
Hofstra played tough, with two goals and an assist from Sam Llinares. Pride goalie Chris Selva recorded 10 saves of his own on the day.
Hofstra had a legitimate chance to tie the game late, but a low angle shot resulted in a turnover with only seconds on the clock. St. John's was able to run those seconds off the clock and preserve one of their biggest victories in recent years.
St. John's will face Robert Morris this weekend, a team they should certainly beat. The real test comes in a week and a half, as the Red Storm travel to South Bend to face Notre Dame. If they can beat the Fighting Irish, we will know that St. John's is a legitimate threat.
Hofstra will look to get back on track against Drexel this weekend, followed by a matchup with Dartmouth.
Stay tuned for predictions and results to come.