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A tough road ahead

By SJU Lacrosse, 03/31/12, 9:00AM CDT


Johnnies' successful weekend serves as tune-up before tough road trip to Illinois

With three games under its belt, St. John's returned from a spring break trip to Palm Beach, Fla. where the Johnnies won two out of those three games in the Sailfish Shootout.

St. John’s started the tournament with a 9-7 victory over Elon followed by a 14-6 win over hosting Palm Beach Atlantic University

The Johnnies lost their first game of the season to Grand Valley State University with a final score of 9-6. The loss to GVSU marked the end of the Sailfish Shootout and sent the Johnnies back to Collegeville, Minn. with a 2-1 record.

Jumping back into action, St. John’s played two games at Mahtomedi High School -- the first against No. 11-ranked North Dakota State University on Friday, March 23. 

After defeating the defending MCLA national champions Davenport University earlier in the season, the Bison of North Dakota State University were not taken lightly by St. John's.

The Johnnies started the game with a quick three-goal lead, which was then countered by a three goal run by the Bison resulting in a 3-3 tied game at halftime. 

The third quarter consisted of multiple back and forth goals scored by each team keeping the game close until the very end. 

The fourth quarter saw no scoring for either team but the game remained extremely competitive, and as the final horn sounded a final score of 6-5 gave St. John's its first conference victory of the season.

The Johnnies ended the weekend with a 27-1 victory over Creighton University on Sunday, March 25. 

St. John’s received goals from 17 different players including 4 goals from freshman attack Adam Gott and senior midfield John Burke

With the two wins the Johnnies improved to an overall record of 4-1 and remain the nationally No. 6-ranked team in the MCLA Nike Coaches' Poll.

With little time to celebrate the successful weekend, the Johnnies travel to Burbank, Ill. for a double-header of intense competition. 

Starting the road trip will be an annual matchup as St. John's takes on No. 4-ranked Davenport University on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. 

Davenport has an overall record of 5-3 with losses to the University of St. Thomas and North Dakota State University -- both of those losses were close games and ended in a one goal difference. 

Last season, the Johnnies lost to Davenport University in St. Paul, 10-8. St. John’s is looking forward to the opportunity to play against a Top 5 team and hopefully come away with an important victory.

St. John's ends the weekend with a matchup against the Missouri State University bears on Sunday, April 1, at 10 a.m. 

Missouri State University has a current overall season record of 4-4 and is looking to improve on last year’s loss to the Johnnies, which ended with a score of 12-6. 

With the spring break trip to Florida earlier this season, the Johnnies’ trip to Illinois is being treated more as a business trip than a vacation. The results of this weekend’s games will hopefully make a statement about the level of skill and experience on the entire team.

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