20th Ranked Red Storm Upset Number One Ranked Notre Dame:
In a match up of Big East rivals, the St. John's Red Storm traveled into South Bend this past weekend and defeated the number one ranked Fighting Irish, 12-10. Led by four goals from junior Kevin Cernuto and goalie Jeff Lowman's thirteen saves, St. John's earned its biggest win of the season. After falling behind 2-1 early in the first, the Red Storm used a four goal run to take the lead and never looked back. Notre Dame attempted a come back late in the fourth quarter when freshman sensation Matt Kavanagh scored back-to-back goals to trim the Red Storm lead to 12-10 with a minute left. However, it was to little to late for the Irish, as St. John's would hold on for the win. Cernuto led all players with four goals and seven points on the day, while the Irish were led by Sean Rogers, who recorded three goals on the day. The win moves St. John's to 7-2 on the season, while Notre Dame drops to 6-2 with it's number one rank now in serious doubt.
UNC Continues to Roll, Defeat Johns Hopkins in Overtime
After a shaky start to the 2013 season, UNC won its fourth straight game thanks to a overtime goal just six seconds into extra time by junior R.G. Keenan as the Tar Heels defeated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 11-10. After back and forth action for the majority of the game, UNC was in prime position for the win after a Jimmy Bitter goal put the Tar Heels up 9-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However, a three goal run topped off by Blue Jay senior John Greeley's tally with 4:36 to play, found UNC on the wrong side of a 10-9 score. Yet UNC would rally to tie with a minute and a half to go when Tar Heel senior Davey Emala scored his third goal of the game to tie it at ten all. That set the stage for Keenan's heroics in OT, where the junior won the opening face-off, sprinted down the field and scored the game winner for just his second goal on the season. The win moves North Carolina to 7-3 on the year while the loss moves Hopkins to 6-3. UNC will look for its fifth straight win when it travels to play ACC rival Virginia, while Hopkins will look to rebound when it hosts Albany.
Number 13 Ranked Quakers Fall to Yale in OT
In a game of long time Ivy League Rivals, the Yale Bulldogs upset the 13th ranked Quakers 7-6 in overtime at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The loss is the second straight for Penn after a promising start to the 2013 season, while the win snaps a two game losing streak for Yale. After a back and forth game that saw the Quakers rally twice from two goal deficits, the second of which saw Tim Schwalje tie the game at six with just under two minutes to play. Despite taking the opening possession of overtime, Penn was unable to end the game despite a solid opportunity by the Quakers Drew Belinksy. The Bulldogs took the ensuing possession down the field where Brandon Manga, who led all players with four goals and six points on the game, found Kirby Zdrill for the game winning goal at 2:11 in extra time. The loss drops Penn to 5-3 on the year and 1-2 in Ivy League play, while Yale moves to 4-3 in 2013, also checking in at 1-2 in conference play.
Lax.com Player(s) of the Week: Lyle and Miles Thompson of Albany receive the honors this week for their performances in Great Danes 21-8 win over Binghamton. Both of the brothers scored five goals in the game, while Lyle added four assists for a game high nine points.
Lax.com Clutch Performer of the Week: In a week that saw several overtime winners, North Carolina junior R.G. Keenan gets the nod for his game winner against Johns Hopkins just six seconds into overtime.
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