QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University women will continue its five-game homestand Sunday, when the Johnnies welcome the University of Massachusetts to Belson Stadium.
the contest against UMass is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and will be an audio broadcast on RedStormSports.com.
The Red Storm, which is off to a 2-0-0 start, enters the game on the heels of a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart University Thursday.
Sophomore midfielder Jessica Garziano recorded the first hat-trick of her collegiate career. After finishing second on the team in points a season ago with five, Garziano already has increased her point total by four through just two games this year. The Melville, N.Y., native leads the squad with four goals and nine points.
Alex Madden and reigning Big East freshman of the week Ava Collins each tallied an assist. Collins currently sits second on the squad in points with five after recording a goal and two assists in the team’s home opener against UAlbany on Feb. 21.
Goalkeeper Naya Lipkens registered her first clean sheet of the season, making two saves en route to her second win in as many games.
Sunday will mark the first game of the season for UMass, which returns to the pitch for the first time in 478 days. The Minutewomen, picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10, welcome back their top goal scorer from a season ago in Lauren Bonavita. The Hanson, Mass., native scored 12 goals during the 2019 campaign to earn spot on the All-Conference first team.
The game will mark the third all-time meeting between Massachusetts and St. John’s, with the Red Storm holding a 1-0-1 edge. The two programs last played each other during the 2013 season. In that game, the Johnnies’ all-time leading scorer Rachel Daly converted on a late-game penalty kick to lift St. John’s to a 1-0 victory over Massachusetts at Rudd Field.
The Red Storm will kick off Big East play with Villanova University at Belson Stadium Thursday.