Matt Chandler helped St. John’s to a pair of wins last week. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
QUEENS, N.Y. – After helping the St. John’s University men match a school record this past week with five consecutive wins to start the season, Matt Chandler and Einar Lye have been recognized by the Big Eastfor their efforts.
Chandler was named the conference’s defensive player of the week while Lye earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll, it was announced Monday.
Chandler became the second St. John’s player to be named the league’s top defender this season, as fellow sophomore Luke Hansen took home the award on Sept. 2 following shutout victories against Appalachian State and NC State.
Chandler played the full 180 minutes last week two home victories for the Johnnies, who downed Iona College, 3-2, Tuesday night before shutting out the University of Pennsylvania, 1-0, Friday.
In five opportunities this season, St. John’s has kept its opponent off the scoresheet four times. The Red Storm’s four shutouts already matched the team’s 2018 total.
Iona, which became the first team to score on St. John’s this season, netted one of its goals in non-penalty kick situations. Penn was limited to a pair of shots on goal, both of which came late in the second half.
Against Iona, Lye put forth one of the most prolific offensive performances by a St. John’s player in recent memory. The sophomore from Undheim, Norway, scored two goals and assisted on a third, becoming the first Johnnie since Sebastian Alvarado-Ralph in 2005 to record five points in a game. Lye assisted on Niko Petridis’ goal to open the scoring in the 12th minute before scoring twice in the span of 53 seconds early in the second half. His last goal would prove to be the game-winner.
The Red Storm returns to action Monday evening, traveling to Manhattan for a 7 p.m. showdown with Columbia University. A win would set a program record for the longest winning streak to start a season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.