PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The St. John’s University men kicked off the preseason with a 2-2 draw against Rutgers University Friday night at Yurcak Field.

Senior midfielder Brandon Knapp anchored the Red Storm offense against its former Big East foe, scoring a goal and registering an assist during the Johnnies’ first August action since 2019.

Knapp struck first on a penalty kick before assisting on the second goal, a strike off the foot of sophomore Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau.

Knapp has earned All-Big East recognition in each of the past two seasons as a member of the conference’s third team as a sophomore and junior.

The Red Storm will play two more exhibition matches before the start of the regular season, hosting Long Island University Monday evening at Belson Stadium before closing out the exhibition portion of its schedule Aug. 20 against Temple University in Philadelphia.

The fall campaign will kick off its season Aug. 26 when the Red Storm travels to Clemson, S.C., for a match against sixth-ranked Clemson University.