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Lacrosse Recap: Johnnies Come Close, but Fall to #17 Marquette

Red Storm fall to Marquette in game that had to have set a record for most players with two capital letters in their last name.

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the St. John's Red Storm came as close to a victory as they have in weeks but fell to #17 Marquette 11-7 in a defensive battle this past weekend.

Junior midfielder Andy DeMichiei netted a program-record seven goals to lead the Golden Eagles to victory. He only had four goals on the season coming into the game.

The Red Storm got off to a quick start on a goal by Senior Eric DeJohn just 18 seconds into the game. Marquette then rallied off three straight goals, two by DeMichiei and one by Tanner Thompson. St. John's stormed right back, however, going a 5-0 run with goals by five different players. Chris Hughes, Nick Heller, Eric DeJohn, James Bonanno, and Jason DeBednedictis each scored to give the Red Storm a 6-3 lead. Marquette added a goal by Kyran Clarke to cut the halftime deficit to two.

Coming out of the break, DeMichiei went on a personal 3-0 run to give Marquette a 7-6 lead. He added another goal in between two goals by Ryan McNamara, the fifth-leading scorer in the nation. Sophomore Corey Haynes tried to spark a comeback for the Johnnies when he scored his fourth goal of the season to pull the Red Storm back within three, but DeMichiei shut the door on any thought of a comeback when he netted his seventh goal of the game with just under six minutes to go in the game.

Both teams used two goalies in the game. In fact, both teams used goalies with the last name Danaher, but they were never on the field at the same time. Joseph Danaher of St. John's played the first half making four saves on eight shots. Jimmy Danaher, unrelated, played the second half for Marquette, saving four out of five shots against him. Michael O'Keefe played the second half for St. John's, allowing seven goals out of 10 shots. To round out the goalies, Cole Blazer played the first half for Marquette, saving eight of 14 shots.

Up next for St. John's is #3 Denver on Saturday, April 16, in the Mile High City. The Johnnies will try to pull off the major upset in their last road contest of the season.