St. John's scored six straight goals to open the second quarter to take a 8-3 lead and withstood a Marquette rally to defeat the Golden Eagles, 15-10. The loss breaks Marquette's three game winning streak, which was also the first winning streak in program history.
Connor Bernal got Marquette off to a hot start, as the freshman midfielder put together a hat trick in the first period to stake the Golden Eagles to a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes. The next 10 minutes did not go as well for MU. St. John's went from down one goal to up five and seemed to be prepared to run away with the game. But Conor Gately scored twice in the last 101 seconds of the half on either side of a Henry Nelson goal to make it 8-6 at intermission.
The third period featured just three goals, but two of them came from the Red Storm to extend their lead to three. The second St. John's goal of the period came after a Liam Byrnes holding penalty, and was the Johnnies' third man up goal of the game. MU's usually potent man up offense had two chances, but went without a goal on both tries. St. John's added three more goals over the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Kieran McArdle and Keith Switzer both had a game high four goals to lead the St. John's attack. McArdle also had two assists for an outstanding six point afternoon. Bernal added an assist to his three goals to lead MU in points. J.J. Sagl made 13 stops for his fourth outing with double digit saves this season.
Up Next: DUKE. Marquette wraps up their inaugural season with the second home game in program history. The 11-5 Blue Devils are ranked #8/6 in the brand new national polls after an 18-17 loss to North Carolina in the ACC semifinals. According to the GoMarquette.com recap of the St. John's game, there have been over 2,200 tickets sold already, so get yours now and make sure you get out to Hart Park on Sunday early!