BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Jr., A
McArdle recorded a career-high 12 points to lead the Red Storm to a 20-13 victory against Rutgers in the squad’s conference opener. McArdle had five goals and seven assists for the highest single-game point total in program history. Twelve points is the single game high for 2013 in NCAA Division I lacrosse as well. McArdle passed Chris Johnson on the all-time assists lists with 139 for his career. The junior has 17 goals and 23 assists on the season.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Sean Young, Syracuse, So., D
Young made his first start for the Orange and was a staple in an SU defense that held No. 5/4 Johns Hopkins to eight goals in a 13-8 victory. Young held the Blue Jays’ Brandon Benn to just three shots and one goal (which came off a rebound in front of the cage). Benn had entered the game against SU ranked eighth nationally with 3.6 goals per game. Young and the Orange defense allowed just five even-strength goals.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Reilly O’Connor, Georgetown, So., A
Sean Rogers, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Andrew Barton, Providence, Jr., M
Jeff Lowman, St. John’s, Sr., G
John LoCascio, Villanova, Jr., D
BIG EAST Notes
• Syracuse junior midfielder Scott Loy scored a career-best three goals to lead Syracuse past No. 4 Johns Hopkins, 13-8, Saturday. It was Loy’s first career hat trick and his performance helped lift Syracuse to its first win over a top-five team since 2011.
• A goal from Notre Dame junior midfielder Jim Marlatt just over a minute into overtime gave No. 3 Notre Dame a 13-12 victory against No. 5 Denver on Saturday at the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic in Denver. The Fighting Irish have three overtime victories this season and Notre Dame has won its last five overtime contests dating back to last season. The last four Fighting Irish games have been decided by one goal. Denver was the fourth top-10 team Notre Dame has defeated this season.
• Georgetown’s 16 goals against Providence is the most the Hoyas have scored in a game since May 15, 2005, when they defeated Army in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tyler Knarr went 17-of-25 from the face-off X on Saturday, having now won over .650 percent of his face-off attempts in each of the Hoyas last five games.
• St. John’s won its conference season opener, a 20-13 decision against Rutgers. The 20 goals were the most for St. John’s in a game since the program was reinstated in 2005. The last 20-goal game for St. John’s came on March 22, 1995 against Marist in a 20-9 victory.
• Villanova narrowly fell to No. 1/1 Maryland 10-7. Led by junior defenseman John LoCascio’s six ground balls and five caused turnovers, the Wildcats tied the game four different times before the Terps pulled away for the win in the fourth quarter. With the loss, Villanova fell to 1-5 on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Reed Carlson, in his first career start, posted 10 saves and collected three ground balls in the defeat. Carlson is the third goalkeeper to see action for the Wildcats this season.
• Rutgers sophomore Joseph Nardella had a career day against BIG EAST foe St. John’s on March 16, setting an RU record with 27 faceoff wins, which ranks fourth in BIG EAST history and tied for ninth in NCAA history. He also collected a career-best 14 ground balls and tied his personal best by helping out on offense with two assists. He won 27 of 37 faceoffs, good for a percentage of .730.
• Providence junior Ryan Shaw won 10-of-25 face-off attempts. Defensively the Friars were successful on 18-of-21 clear attempts. Freshman goalie Jack Connelly played all 60 minutes between the pipes and tallied 10 saves.