QUEENS, N.Y. – Following a solid victory over Creighton University in the opening round of the Big East Championship, the St. John’s University men will head to the nation’s capital for a semifinal match with Georgetown University Wednesday at 1 p.m.
A win over the Hoyas would put the Red Storm (9-6-3) one step closer toward a 10th Big East title.
The Red Storm earned a spot in the conference semifinals behind a 3-1 home win against Creighton. The Johnnies wasted no time getting on the board, scoring twice in the opening 6:53 to take a two-goal lead. It marked the first time in 11 years that the Red Storm two goals that quickly at the start of the game since a 5-2 win over Georgetown in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2006.
Georgetown enters the conference semifinal following a week off from action, a benefit of clinching the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a win over Creighton on the final day of the regular season. A mainstay in the national polls this year with a record of 12-3-2, the Hoyas sport the nation’s 13th best goals-against average (0.63) and are tied with St. John’s for the league’s top shutout total with eight.
The Hoyas are led by rookie Derek Dodson, who was named the Big East freshman of the year after recording eight goals and two assists. Second team All-Big East selection and goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski, stopping 83 percent of opposing shots on target.
St. John’s and Georgetown will meet for the second time in two weeks, 11 days after the Johnnies earned a 1-0 win in Queens Oct. 28.
Dating back to 1985, St. John’s is 22-8-3 all-time against the Hoyas with a 4-2 mark in Big East Tournament action. Since 2011, the last seven matches between St. John’s and Georgetown have been decided by one goal with the last five featuring 1-0 results.
The game will be broadcast live on the Big East Digital Network with Dan Helfrich, Tom Greaser and Marisa Pilla on the call.