Zsani Kajan recorded her first career hat-trick for St. John’s. ( Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
QUEENS, N.Y. – Redshirt sophomore Zsani Kajan recorded the first hat-trick of her collegiate career, leading the St. John’s University to a 5-1 win over Stony Brook University at Belson Stadium Sunday night.
Kajan’s three goals marked the first such effort by a St. John’s player since Oct. 11, 2015, when Rachel Daly, who plays for the Houston Dash, scored three times in a 4-0 victory over Creighton at Belson.
Lucy Whipp and Samie Scaffidi scored the other two goals. Whipp’s game-winner in the 49th minute was her third tally of the campaign, reaching a season-long career high for the senior. Less than seven minutes later, Scaffidi tallied her first goal of the season to give St. John’s a 3-1 advantage.
Claudia Cagnina registered a career-high three assists, one off the program record set by Jennifer Contesini in 1995 and Marissa Stork in 1999. Cagnina’s three assists marked the first three-assist match since 2008, the first year for which game-by-game records were readily available. Christina Bellero also had an assist.
Goalkeeper Jordan Kamp picked up her first win of the year, making two saves.
The five goals marked the first time the Johnnies scored that many in a match since Sept. 4, 2016, when they beat Fairfield, 5-1. St. John’s is 3-0-0 at home this season, outscoring foes, 11-2.
Stony Brook drew first blood near the three-minute mark to take a 1-0 lead.
In the 24th minute, Cagnina connected with Kajan, who beat out the Seawolves goalkeeper, sending a shot into an open net to knot the game at 1-1-.
Four minutes into the second half, Whipp put the Red Storm up, 2-1 with a shot to the bottom left corner of the net off a Cagnina pass.
That lit a fire within for the Red Storm, which dominated the possession for the remainder of the match. Less than six minutes later, Scaffidi placed a ball into the top of the net for a 3-1 lead.
In the 67th minute, St. John’s struck again as Cagnina and Kajan combined for the second time. Kajan beat out a Seawolves defender for a 4-1 advantage.
Ten minutes later, Kajan cemented her hat-trick off a pass inside from Bellero. Kajan took the shot off of her right foot for her sixth of the season. The Budapest, Hungary, native has tripled her goal total from 2017.
St. John’s enjoyed a 12-4 advantage in shots as eight shots were on target.
The Johnnies travel to Long Beach State Friday at 10 p.m. ET.