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QUEENS, N.Y. – Unbeaten in its first three home games of the season for the first time since the 2009 campaign, the St. John’s lacrosse team will look to make it 4-for-4 at DaSilva Memorial Field in 2014 when it hosts local rival Hofstra in a midweek non-conference clash at 3 p.m. today.

LL2014COLLEGEGAMEDAYThe game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 produced by the St. John’s Television Network (SJU-TV). Ralph Bednarczyk will be on the call with Terry Mangan, former Lafayette College head coach and the 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year, slated as the analyst.

St. John’s is 3-3. Hofstra is 4-2.

In St. John’s last game, seven players scored a goal and the Red Storm defense enjoyed a big bounce-back performance as the St. John’s lacrosse team earned a 15-7 victory over Georgetown in its conference opener from DaSilva Memorial Field on March 15.

Senior Kieran McArdle enjoyed a seven-point day with five assists and two goals and classmates Kevin Cernuto and Colin Keegan scored four and three goals, respectively, to lead an efficient St. John’s offense, which found the back of the net on 33.3 percent of its shots. Defensively, freshman goalie Joseph Danaher made a season-high 16 saves while senior defenseman Drew Viscusi corralled a team-high four groundballs and junior Mark DiFrangia caused a season-high three turnovers from his close defense position.

The Hofstra Pride, who are ranked 17th by Lacrosse Magazine and in the Warrior Lacrosse Media Poll this week, recorded their fourth consecutive victory last Saturday with an 11-9 CAA win over Delaware at James M. Shuart Stadium. All four of the Pride’s wins came during their most recent homestand.

After the Blue Hens jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second quarter, Hofstra answered with six unanswered goals to take a 9-6 lead. Pride senior Torin Varn scored a season-high three goals and classmates Lance Yapor and Drew Coholan each added two goals and one assist. Sophomore Sam Llinares added a goal and two assists. Junior goalie Chris Selva needed to make only four saves on the day to post his fourth victory.

Hofstra is led in scoring this season by Llinares, who now has 11 goals and 12 assists in the six contests. Varn has 10 goals while Yapor has eight goals and one assist and Coholan has six goals and three assists. Freshman Brier Davis has six goals and one assist while sophomore Korey Hendrickson has five goals and two assists. Selva now has an 8.58 goals against average with 50 saves this season in the Pride cage.

Series History: St. John’s vs. Hofstra

• St. John’s holds a 3-12 record all-time against the Pride, recording its first victory in the series since program reinstatement in 2005 last season in dramatic fashion on ESPN3 by a 7-6 scoreline.

• The Red Storm is 1-5 against Hofstra when playing its local rival in Queens, and 1-3 since 2005.

• The two programs first met on the lacrosse field on April 27, 1983, with Hofstra winning, 12-4.

Previous Meeting: Red Storm Rally Stuns Pride

• St. John’s dug deep after No. 7/6 Hofstra built a 3-0 first quarter lead and pulled off the 7-6 upset on March 19, 2013, as the Red Storm claimed the first victory over its local rival since program reinstatement in 2005. After scoring 20 goals against Rutgers a few days earlier, St. John’s showed the ability to play multiple styles as it battled the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense in Hofstra.

• Then-senior Jeff Lowman set the tone with 19 saves, a career-high, with 10 coming in the second half. The senior stopped a pair of shots on Hofstra’s last two possessions to preserve the lead.

• Kevin Cernuto paced the offense with three gritty unassisted goals, all coming in the second half, including the game-winner with four minutes to play.

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