The St. John’s University women host the University of Connecticut in a Big East first-round tournament match at Belson Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The game between the third-seeded Johnnies and sixth-seeded Huskies will air on the Big East Network on FloSports with Drew Casey on the call from Queens.
Should the Red Storm win, it will take on the No. 2 seed Xavier University in Boyds, Md. on Thursday.
This is the Johnnies’ 17th appearance in the Big East Championship and second consecutive trip to the tournament after reaching the conference final in 2021.
St. John’s finished the regular season with a record of 7-4-6 and a mark of 4-2-3 in the conference. The Johnnies enter the game on the heels of a five-match unbeaten streak dating back to Oct. 6. Most recently, Nicole Gordon tallied her fourth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Marquette University on Oct. 23.
Senior midfielder Jessica Garziano paces the Red Storm with 11 points while Gordon is next (10). Garziano finished the regular season with five assists, tying her with UConn transfer Melina Couzis for the most among the team.
Goalkeeper Gina Muzi has started every match, recording 40 saves and allowing 12 goals in 17 appearances. Muzi’s seven shutouts tied her for second in the the conference. The Delafield, Wis., native also owns top-10 marks in the conference in saves, save percentage and goals-against average.
Connecticut (8-6-3) clinched the last playoff spot on the final day of the regular season on Thursday, defeating Seton Hall, 4-0.
Junior forward Jada Konte leads UConn with 14 points (five goals and four assists) in 17 starts. Freshman forward Choma Okafor enters the game after registering hat-trick against Seton Hall.
Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Mahoney has been the primary starter, making 13 appearances. Mahoney made 47 saves and secured 0.80 a goals-against average of 0.80 in more than 1,100 minutes.
This will be the 27th meeting between the two schools with the Huskies leading, 18-7-1. The Johnnies won the most recent matchup on Sept. 25, 1-0.