Red Storm Lacrosse fail to earn second ECAC win of season

The St. John’s men’s
lacrosse team went into
Saturday’s road game at
Penn State hoping to rack up
their second conference win
this season to bring their
record to just one game
under .500. Tight defense
by the Nittany Lions, coupled
with costly mistakes,
resulted in a 9-5 loss for the
Red Storm, subsequently
dropping them to 4-7 on the
season and 1-4 in the

“We did what we needed
to do to win, but youre
not gonna beat good teams
making mistakes like we
made, and thats real disappointing,”
coach Jason
Miller said.

After being shut out 3-0
in the first period, St. John’s
got on the board five minutes
into the second after junior
Justin ODonnell scored on
an assist by fellow junior
Tom Michaelsen.

Michaelsen would later earn
his second of three assists in
the game when Trevor
Michaelsen, the twin brother
of Tom, scored with five
minutes remaining in the
first half.

Penn State responded
with two quick goals past
goalie Dave Saccente, but
sophomore Matt Viscusi
ended the second period with
a goal at the buzzer, once
again putting the Red Storm
back by two goals.

Junior Graeme Gillsepie
began the third by scoring on
the Nittany Lions’ goalie
Drew Adams to bring the
game to within one. That
was as close as St. John’s
would get after Penn State’s
Gil Pearsall scored an unassisted
goal with under five
minutes remaining in the
period. Gillsepie scored
again in the closing minute
off his second assist from
sophomore Tom Maines, but
Max Van Arsdales last second
goal for Penn State left
the Red Storm trailing 7-5.

St. John’s seemed to sputter
in the forth, being held to just
four shots in the period as Penn
State cushioned their lead with
goals from Pat Heim and Scott
Bubba while holding the Red
Storm scoreless. St. John’s
have their last home game of
the season this Saturday against
Hobart, after which they will
travel to Fairfield to wrap up
the season.