(Guest post by John Cavanaugh.)
Tomorrow, St. John’s lacrosse is in the nation’s capital to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. Neither team has a Big East victory, with St. John’s currently at 1-12 overall, 0-4 in the Big East, while Georgetown is 3-14, 0-4 in the league.
The game starts at noon, and St. John’s defeated the Hoyas last season at home, 8-5
This past weekend in Pennsylvania, St. John’s lacrosse fell to 1-12 overall, and 0-3 in the Big East. In a season that has not gone the Johnnies way, their latest defeat certainly exemplifies that. The Red Storm lost to 18th ranked Villanova by a score of 18-3, to a Wildcats team with the ninth ranked offense in the country. St. John’s finished the game with 15 turnovers, and were outshot by Villanova 50-29.
They will close out the 2017 season against Georgetown looking to pick up just their seventh win in three years. In the last three years including this season, St. John’s has a combined record of 6-34.
If there was one positive that the Red Storm could take away recently, it’s that freshman Joe Madsen scored his 19th goal of the season, which leads the team. It’s been a solid season for the 5’7” attacker, racking up 24 points over 13 games, but a season like this isn’t something Madsen is used too. In his senior year in high school, Madsen led Locust Valley High School to the school’s first undefeated season in its history.
Madsen has given them a future to be optimistic about, including being named to the Big East weekly honor roll earlier this month, and winning Big East freshman of the week in March. Madsen’s breakout season helped the Red Storm pick up their only win of the season against Siena on March 6th, when he scored the game-winning goal with 27 seconds left to play.
Another player who has had a breakout year for St. John’s is senior midfielder Nick Heller. Heller was second on the team in points with 19 total, a big improvement from just six points all of last season.