QUEENS, N.Y. – After upsetting No. 13 Providence College Wednesday, the St. John’s University men will look to complete a remarkable road sweep when they travel to No. 3 Georgetown Saturday afternoon.
The matchup between the Red Storm and the defending national champions will air live nationally on FS1 at noon with Monica Moore and Dave Popkin on the call.
Coming into its game against the Johnnies Wednesday, Providence hadn’t surrendered a goal in four games, including a scoreless draw against the Hoyas a few days prior. Before the final whistle sounded, the Red Storm recorded a 2-0 win and snapping a nine-game winless streak against Providence that dated back to 2013.
Saturday’s match will be critical in terms of the conference standings. Because of decreased field size for this year’s Big East Championship, only the top two teams in each regionalized division will have the opportunity to compete for an automatic bid to the 36-team NCAA Tournament. St. John’s sits fourth in the six-team East Division, a point behind a three-way tie for first between Georgetown, Seton Hall and Providence. The Hoyas have played one fewer game than the other three schools.
After having all three of its non-conference matches postponed, Georgetown enters the contest at 2-0-1. The Hoyas have outscored the opposition, 5-1, shutting out Villanova University, 3-0, before taking down Seton Hall University, 2-1, in overtime and playing Providence to a scoreless draw last Saturday.
Sophomore midfielder Dante Polvara has scored four goals, registering a brace against the Wildcats before taylling both goals against Seton Hall. Two of the Pleasantville, N.Y., native’s four goals have come via penalty kicks. Chris Hegardt, a freshman from San Diego, has other goal.
Like the Red Storm, the Hoyas split time in the cage, with Giannis Nikopolidis and Ethan Koehler trading off games. Last season, Nikopolidis shared Big East co-goalkeeper of the year honors with the Red Storm’s Jan Hoffelner.
St. John’s and Georgetown have met 36 times since 1985 with the Red Storm holding a 23-10-3 edge.
Each side is 2-2-0 since against the other since 2017.
The last contest between the Johnnies and the Hoyas Oct. 23, 2019, was one of the most hyped regular season matches since the reconfiguration of the Big East. St. John’s, ranked No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and No. 1 in the RPI, welcomed the No. 7 Hoyas, who occupied the RPI’s No. 2 spot. A standing-room-only crowd of 2,305 watched the game at Belson Stadium, the second-largest crowd in the two-decade history of the facility.