St. John’s earns 14th straight NCAA berth

The St. John’s men’s soccer team earned its 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on ESPN News on Monday night.

The Red Storm will play Marist on Friday at Belson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The first round winner will face Dartmouth, the tournament’s No. 16 overall seed in the second round.

St. John’s finished the regular season and conference tournament play with an overall mark of 9-5-5, including a 3-1-2 overall mark against ranked teams.

Marist advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a 10-8-1 overall mark.

There was speculation whether or not the Red Storm would earn a first round bye and get a higher seeding. But a mediocre end to the regular season and a loss to Connecticut in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament ruled that possibility out.

St. John’s defeated Notre Dame to advance to the Big East semis.

 

Notes

St. John’s goalkeeper Jason Landers was named Big East goalkeeper of the year, it was announced last Thursday at the conference’s annual awards banquet. Landers also earned a spot on the All-Big East first team.

Landers’ 0.35 goals against average and six shutouts in conference games both led the Big East.

Graduate student Matt Groenwald and sophomore Steven Old joined Landers on the first team, while freshman Garry Lewis and senior Jeff Carroll were named to the second team.

The Red Storm’s five overall selections and three first-team choices were both tops in the conference, led by Groenwald’s third consecutive first-team honor.