Collegeville, MN – The Music City Judgement was a success for the St. John’s Lacrosse team. The Johnnies came away with four wins against #5 University of Dayton, #23 Central Connecticut State University, unranked Columbus State University and #10 Bridgewater State University, outscoring their opponents 54-30 in these four convincing wins.
First up for the weekend was the #5 ranked University of Dayton, and after the Flyers scored the first goal of the game, the Johnnies rallied for 5 straight and held off Dayton for a 13-9 win. SJU was lead defensively by freshman Jason Comstock from Brooklyn Park, MN (Park Center HS) who held 2017 Second team All-American Attackman Ryan Cass to 2 goals. The performance was impressive enough to earn Comstock the game ball for the wining squad. Offensively, sophomore Alec Larson (Blaine HS) carried the load with three goals to lead the Johnnies.
Next was #23 Central Connecticut State University on Saturday morning. The game was tightly contested through half-time with the Johnnies holding a one goal advantage. The Johnnie offense came to life in the second half, outscoring the Devils 11 to 4, helping the Johnnies cruise to a 16-8 victory. Leading the way for the Johnnies was sophomore midfielders Tommy Kraus (Academy of Holy Angels HS) and Boone Almquist (Park Center HS) who combined for 8 goals and 7 assists. Both players earned a game ball for their respective performances in the game. Defensively senior captain Kellen Metling (Mahtomedi HS) led the Johnnies with 6 caused turnovers.
After a short break, the Johnnies faced Columbus State University for backend of the double-header and ran away with a 15-8 victory. The Cougars slowed the St. John’s offense by playing a zone for most of the game, but eventually the Johnnies cracked the code and began to find the back of the net. Leading the way on the offensive side was junior captain Carter Scrimshaw (Rochester Century HS) who tallied 3 goals and an assist. The game ball was awarded to sophomore midfielder Stephen Trippicchio (Hudson HS), who had 9 ground balls and went 12 for 17 at the face-off X.
In the final test of the weekend the Johnnies ran up against #10 Bridgewater State University. After a slow start with a lead to only one goal, SJU again turned up the heat in the third quarter tallying four goals in the frame. Leading the way on offense was the attack unit made up of sophomores Connor Mullen (Totino Grace HS), Joey Goudreau (White Bear Lake HS) & John Hicke (Blaine HS) each accounting for two goals. The game ball for this contest went to junior Long Stick Midfielder Kyle Moonen (Delano HS) who sparked the squad with aggressive play between the restraining lines and also accounted for five GBs and four caused turnovers.
Next up for St. John’s is a trip to Denver, CO for a trio of ranked opponents. The Johnnies will face #22 MSU-Denver, #18 Providence and #15 Northern Arizona University.
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