Jack Shearer almost equalized for St. John’s late in the game as he shot bounded off the crossbar. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)

QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University men dropped a 1-0 decision to Loyola Maryland in a non-league match at Belson Stadium Tuesday night.

In the 77th minute, Loyola’s Davey Mason carried the ball down the left side and played a cross into the box. Instead of finding his teammate, Mason played the ball to the foot of the Red Storm’s Johan Aquilon, who deflected it into the back of the net and put the Greyhounds (3-1-0) ahead.

Mason was credited with a goal.

St. John’s (3-3-0) nearly netted an equalizer four minutes later as Jack Shearer rang a shot off the crossbar.

Red Storm goalkeeper Tyron Matuta made a season-high five saves in his third career start.

Matuta and the Red Storm defensive unit did a fine job to limit Brian Saramago, a selection to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Saramago made nothing of his four shots due to the efforts of Aquilon, Brandon Knapp, Sanoussi Sangary and Tiago Teixeira.

St. John’s held a pregame ceremony on the field in remembrance of those lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks. First responders and St. John’s student veterans were invited to participate in the observance, which featured an NYPD color guard.

The Red Storm returns to action Saturday at 7 p.m., kicking off Big East play against Seton Hall University at Belson Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Big East Digital Network.