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St. John’s men’s soccer opens up Big East play with scoreless draw against Marquette

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St. John’s Red Storm goalie John Stagmiller made a career-high nine saves as his team played to a 0-0 tie against Marquette at Belson Stadium on Saturday, to open up Big East Conference play.

“Marquette has a lot of offensive weapons and they came in here well-rested so we knew it would be a typical Big East battle,” said Dr. Dave Masur, Red Storm head coach. “I thought our guys did well to meet that challenge and earn a result. We are still learning, but we are continuing to get better and tonight was a big step.”

The Golden Eagles put the pressure on Stagmiller early on as Kelmend Islami had a shot in the fifth minute, David Selvaggi blasted a shot in the ninth minute before C. Nortey collected the rebound and sent a shot attempt high. Alex McBride had his shot attempt blocked in the 11th minute before Stagmiller saved a follow-up shot from Selvaggi.

St. John’s was held without a shot until the 36th minute of the contest when Lucas Fagotti made a run toward the right edge of the 18-yard box and beat a defender before unleashing a shot that bounced off the goalpost.

The second half was much of the same, with Marquette registering first shot of the half, but Stagmiller made the save.

The Red Storm was able to get some pressure as Filippo Ricupati had a shot blocked in the 50th minute and Jean Leveille missed high in the 55th minute. Marquette goalie Luis Barraza made saves against Leveille in the 62nd minute and Luis Esteves in the 66th minute.

The back-and-forth play continued throughout regulation as neither goaltender would relinquish a goal.

In overtime, both teams had their opportunities but could not sneak a go-ahead goal past Stagmiller or Barraza, resulting in a 0-0 draw.


St. John’s men’s soccer loses in overtime to No. 19 Denver

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The St. John’s Red Storm took an early lead against the 19th-ranked Denver Pioneers on Saturday, but couldn’t hold on as they lost 2-1 in overtime at Belson Stadium.

The Red Storm wasted no time getting on the board as Filippo Ricupati put a header just inside the near post for his first career goal to give St. John’s a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of the game.

Denver tried to quickly rebound, but Red Storm goaltender Jordan Stagmiller stood tall as the Pioneers had chances in the 11th and 15th minutes.

“I thought our guys put forth a gutsy effort against a very technical Denver squad that likes to play a high-tempo game,” said Dr. Dave Masur, Red Storm head coach. “This is a very young team we have here and they’ve played five games against tough competition. We had some great chances early, but we still need to be sharper and more consistent on both ends of the field.”

The Red Storm had several more chances in the first half but could not increase their lead.

In the 21st minute, Mike Prosuk fired a shot right at Denver’s goalkeeper Dan Jackson. In the 23rd minute, St. John’s earned a free kick that saw Ricupati escape his coverage and drill a header that was stopped by Jackson. The Red Storm added two more chances as Adrian Welch missed high in the 33rd minute and Prosuk missed wide in the 35th.

After halftime the Pioneers came out looking for an equalizer and found it when Cole Stevenson put one past Stagmiller in the 61st minute to tie the score 1-1.

St. John’s had a few late chances to notch the go-ahead goal. The Red Storm had a free kick chance in the 88th minute. Marcus Lindqvist’s shot was blocked by Denver’s defensive wall. In the 90th minute, St. John’s had one final look as Devin Morgan sent a header wide and the game went to overtime.

The Pioneers would net the game-winner in the 97th minute when Chandler Crosswait launched a shot and got a deflection past Stagmiller to give Denver the win.

St. John’s returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a 7:30 p.m. game against Siena at Belson Stadium.


St. John’s men’s soccer falls 2-0 against Hofstra

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The St. John’s Red Storm put forth a valiant effort against the undefeated Hofstra Pride, but came up short, falling 2-0 at Belson Stadium last weekend.

The Red Storm had the advantage in total shots (10-9), shots on goal (5-4) and corner kicks (6-1), but failed to score.

“Once again, I thought we played a good first half,” head coach of the Red Storm Dr. Dave Masur said. “Our guys competed until the end against a strong and physical Hofstra squad, but we had a couple of breakdowns that cost us. On the offensive side of the ball, we just weren’t able to consistently make that one final pass to finish the transition into the offensive third.”

After St. John’s took the first four shots of the game, Hofstra took the lead in the 28th minute when Joseph Holland passed the ball from midfield to Mani Walcott who was just outside the box. Walcott passed to Harri Hawkins who was waiting inside the box, and fired a shot passed the Red Storm keeper, Jordan Stagmiller, to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.

Hofstra added to its lead as Eshun Addy beat Stagmiller in the 47th minute to make it a 2-0 game in the 47th minute.

The Red Storm will look to get into the win column against Denver on Sept. 12 at Belson Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


Red Storm men’s soccer draws with Manhattan Jaspers in exhibition match

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The St. John’s Red Storm began its exhibition schedule with a 1-1 draw against the Manhattan Jaspers at Belson Stadium on Aug. 15. A total of 20 Red Storm players saw action in the contest, including eight newcomers.

The game, which was played in three 30-minute periods, saw the Red Storm goalkeepers Andrew Withers, Michael Bernardi and Jordan Stagmiller each play one 30-minute period with Stagmiller recording the lone Red Storm save.

“It was good for us to open our exhibition season with a tough and physical match against a quality Manhattan squad,” said Dr. Dave Masur, head coach for the Red Storm soccer team. “We used a lot of players tonight because we have a number of newcomers and it was important for them to get their feet wet.”

Manhattan had only one shot in the first period, but made it count and grabbed an early 1-0 lead. A 40-yard strike from just inside the right sideline caught goaltender Withers off his line and came down just below the crossbar to put the Jaspers on the board.

St. John’s, meanwhile, tallied three corner kicks in the first period and registered a pair of shots, but none found the back of the net.

The Red Storm added three more shots in the second period as well as two corner kicks, but could not level the score as the Jaspers maintained their 1-0 advantage.

The Jaspers held their lead until Prosuk found the back of the net nearly midway through the third period. Marcus Lindqvist started the play with a cross into the box from the left sideline. Prosuk received the ball at the near post and buried a close-range goal to tie the game at 1-1.

“I thought our guys did a good job moving the ball and creating some opportunities,” Masur said.

Neither team could muster a tie-breaking goal before the final whistle.

St. John’s returns to action and concludes exhibition play on Aug. 22 with a 1 p.m. road game at Penn State.


St. John’s men’s baseball season ends in regional round

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The St. John’s Red Storm saw their season come to an end on Sunday when they lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-3, in the finals of the Stillwater Regional bracket of the NCAA Tournament at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Red Storm finish the season with an overall record of 41-16 as the Stillwater Regional finalists, Big East Tournament champions and Big East regular season champions.

The game was a close contest throughout and Arkansas managed to score a run in the ninth inning to seal the victory and knock St. John’s out of the tournament.

It was a scoreless game heading into the fifth inning, when the Razorbacks grabbed the lead. They led off the inning with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Arkansas’ catcher, Tucker Pennell, hit a sacrifice fly, bringing in one run, and left fielder, Joseph Serrano added an RBI single to give the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead.

Arkansas increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth when Tyler Spoon launched a solo home run off Red Storm relief pitcher Shawn Heide.

St. John’s managed to get on the scoreboard with a two-run sixth inning. Center fielder Alex Caruso worked a leadoff walk and second baseman, Robert Wayman, reached base on a throwing error, but the ball soared into the dugout and Caruso was awarded home, while Wayman was given second. Michael Donadio then smacked an RBI single to right field, cutting the Razorbacks’ lead to 3-2.

The Red Storm led off the seventh inning with a single from Jarred Mederos. He quickly stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Robbie Knighties to tie the game at three runs apiece.

In the top of the ninth, Arkansas had runners on first and second before a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Serrano lined a one-out RBI single into left to give the Razorbacks a 4-3 lead.

Arkansas’ closer, Zach Johnson, struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for the save and the win.

Wayman, Knightes and first baseman Matt Harris were each named to the Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team at their respective positions after St. John’s was eliminated from tournament play.


St. John’s men’s baseball heads to the NCAA Tournament

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The St. John’s Red Storm, with a record of 39-14, has earned the No. 4 seed in the Stillwater Regional bracket in the NCAA Tournament. This comes on the heels of winning their conference-record eighth BIG EAST Tournament earlier this month.

Included in their region are No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Arkansas and No. 3 Oral Roberts.

St. John’s is tied for ninth all-time with 35 NCAA Tournament appearances, including eight trips in the past 12 seasons, and nine appearances under head coach Ed Blankmeyer.

The Red Storm will be taking a 15-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament, tied as the second-longest active streak in the country.

“It’s nice to be back in an NCAA Tournament Regional,” Blankmeyer said. “This [Stillwater] Regional should be tremendously competitive. Our guys have worked hard to get to this point and are excited for the opportunity to continue the season.”

Oklahoma State earned an at-large bid into the tournament out of the Big 12 with a 37-18 record, while Arkansas also made the field as an at-large selection out of the SEC, boasting a record of 35-22. Oral Roberts has an impressive 41-14 record and secured an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Summit League championship.

St. John’s will open the NCAA Tournament against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Friday at 7 p.m.


St. John’s men’s basketball team all grown up

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St. John’s basketball head coach Steve Lavin once said it would take about “three or four” years to build back the Johnnies’ program.

Now in his fourth year as head coach, Lavin was optimistic at the annual St. John’s basketball media day on Thursday, October 10, because the Red Storm has a full set of returning players, plus new talents like never before.

“The last three-plus years was to put our program in position,” Lavin said. “We now feel we can be competitive, because we have the artillery and the firepower to be on more equal footing to the competition.”

After a spring of practicing and a summer playing basketball in Europe, the Johnnies, which were once the youngest team in school history, are all grown up. The Red Storm’s leading scorer junior guard D’Angelo Harrison’s behavior behind the scenes last season eventually got him kicked off the squad at an essential time. This time around, he said he’s changed his ways.

“Knowing how I used to act and the way I am today, now I can see,” Harrison said. “I can honestly say I thank Lavin for what he did.”

A whole cast of Johnnies who were prominent in last year’s National Invitational Tournament appearance will be returning, including the country’s leading shot blocker, sophomore center Chris Obekpa, reigning Big East Conference Rookie of the Year Jakarr Sampson, junior Sir’Dominic Pointer and combo guard Phil Greene IV.

A fresh set of players will also join them for this season, including senior Orlando Sanchez, a 6’9” forward from the Dominican Republic, who hopes to provide stability to the front court.

Sophomore transfer Max Hooper, a three-point specialist, will help the Red Storm from behind the arch, which they desperately needed last season. Also, after redshirting last season, forward God’sgift Achiuwa will return to the Red Storm, and said taking a year off actually improved his game.

“I was able to watch the game from the sideline,” Achiuwa said. “So now I have good perspective of a basketball game. I have an overview of what basketball is all about from every angle.” 

The team’s only true freshman, point guard Rysheed Jordan who was missing in action at the media event, is one of the nation’s top recruits, rated 17 in the country by ESPNU. Jordan hopes to help the back court with scoring.

With this armament of talent for the Johnnies, it seems like the only problem might be how to distribute minutes on the court.


Queens native and St. John’s freshman Moe Harkless declares for NBA Draft

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After an award-winning freshman season, Moe Harkless has decided to test the waters of the NBA draft.

The Queens native announced his decision on Monday, March 19 at Madison Square Garden alongside his mother Rosa and Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin.

“It has been my lifelong dream to play in the NBA, and I am excited to have that opportunity to make the jump,” said Harkless. “I am grateful to my teammates and coaches at St. John’s. I would like to thank Coach Lavin, our staff and my teammates for being there for me throughout the whole season.”

Draft projections have the 6-foot-8-inch small forward being picked in the middle of the first round.

Harkless capped his celebrated first season at St. John’s — he was sixth nationally among freshmen in scoring and third in rebounding — by being named the Big East Rookie of the Year.

A stat-sheet filler, Harkless finished with per game averages of 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.

While many fans were excited about the direction the team was headed behind this year’s “Fresh 5,” Lavin has said that players leaving early for the NBA helps the program gain traction on the recruiting trail.

“We are proud of what Moe and our young group accomplished this season — Moe is an example that St. John’s is once again a destination for top-caliber talent and we look forward to following his progress,” Lavin said.

Speaking about his teammates, Harkless said, “We have been through a lot together and I know everyone is excited for me. I know if we all keep working hard, a lot of us will be playing together in the league someday. I believe this is only the beginning for Coach Lavin and his successful legacy at St. John’s.”

Next year’s team should return five of the six players in the Johnnies’ rotation and add Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch. JaKarr Sampson has recommitted to the Red Storm after being declared academically ineligible before the season and the team also received a verbal commitment from Felix Balamou.

“I really enjoyed playing with Moe,” said D’Angelo Harrison who set the St. John’s record for points by a freshman. “He is a great player and I wish him luck and success in the NBA. I hope to join him in the league in a few years.”

The last Red Storm player to be drafted was Omar Cook in 2001. Cook, who was also a freshman when he entered the draft, is often touted as an example of college players leaving too early. He was taken in the second round and played in only 22 NBA games in his career.

Harkless can still return to St. John’s if he does not sign with an agent, though he is in the process of finding one. Players have until May 8 to withdraw from the draft which will be held on June 28.


Moe Harkless named Big East Rookie of the Week

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St. John’s freshmen continue to rack up accolades as Moe Harkless was named the Big East’s Rookie of the Week, the conference announced.

This is Harkless’ second Rookie of the Week honor and the third time a Red Storm player has taken home the award this year.

The Queens native averaged 18 points per game and 9.5 rebounds while playing every minute of the Johnnies’ two wins last week, including their first victory over a top 25 team this season.

St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East) had lost their first 10 games against ranked opponents this year before besting 18th-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday 61-58 at Madison Square Garden. Earlier in the week the Johnnies defeated DePaul 79-72 at Carnesecca Arena during Senior Night.

For the Johnnies this year, though, it has been almost all freshmen. The team plays only one junior and starts five freshmen — the “Fresh Five.”

Harkless was not the only “Fresh Five” member to have a big week. D’Angelo Harrison played all but one minute over the team’s two games, averaging 19 points, and is now within six points of the Johnnies freshmen scoring record set by Erick Barkley in 1999.

Harrison will most likely not be the only freshmen to surpass the mark, as Harkless is just 40 points shy of the record with two games and the Big East tournament to go.

Harrison and Harkless are first and second in the conference in freshmen scoring, respectively, and Harkless leads all Big East freshmen in rebounding.

The Red Storm finish up their conference slate at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and at Rutgers on Saturday at 8 p.m.