Lucy Whipp (19) celebrates one of her two goals. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University women wasted no time Monday night, finding the back of the net three times in the first 32 minutes of its home opener, a 3-1 win over the University of Buffalo.
It was the Red Storm’s seven consecutive home opening victory at Belson Stadium.
Lucy Whipp enjoyed a memorable night, scoring twice on three shots for the first multi-scoring match of her career. Zsani Kajan tallied the game-winner, breaking a 1-1 tie in the 27th minute.
Samie Scaffidi registered two assists for her first points of the season while Christina Bellero also had an assist.
Goalkeeper Meredith Reinhardt delivered a solid effort in her first career start, stopping five shots on the evening.
The Johnnies outshot the Bulls, 10-6.
Whipp kicked off the scoring in the 11th minute off a pass from Bellero. The senior from Ormskirk, England beat the keeper to find the back of the net.
Buffalo quickly responded, recording a goal 79 seconds later to knot things up at 1-1.
Beginning in the 27th minute, Scaffidi orchestrated an offensive outburst for the Red Storm that put the Johnnies ahead for good. Scaffidi played a ball through ball in front for Kajan, who buried her attempt to give the Johnnies a 2-1 advantage.
Less than five minutes later, Scaffidi assisted on an insurance tally from Whipp, as the senior delivered a sliding goal from just inside the 18 into the top right corner of the net.
The Johnnies improved their record to 33-6-7 at Belson Stadium since the start of the 2013 season.
The Red Storm returns with a trip to Syracuse, where they will square off with former it Big East rival Thursday at 6 p.m.