Graduate transfer student Lenny Cidolit secured Big East defensive player of the week honors while teammate Macoumba Ba earned a spot on the weekly honor roll, the league on Monday afternoon.
Lenny Cidolit (left) was outstanding on the backline last week. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – Graduate transfer student Lenny Cidolit secured Big East defensive player of the week honors while teammate Macoumba Ba earned a spot on the weekly honor roll, the league on Monday afternoon.
Cidolit became the first Johnnie since Matt Chandler on Sept. 16, 2019, to earn the accolade. Adding in Ba’s honor roll nod, it also marked the first time since the same date that two Johnnies secured Big East accolades following their standout performances as Chandler was joined by Einar Lye, who was also named to the conference’s honor roll.
Cidolit put forth a masterful defensive effort against Saint Peter’s on Friday, helping St. John’s hold Saint Peter’s to only five shots in total, including one in the final 45 minutes. The Montpellier, France native also recorded his first point with the Red Storm, launching a perfectly placed cross off the top of Max McNulty’s head and in the net to knot the game at 1-1.
The Red Storm defender dished out the team’s 10th assist of the season in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Peacocks,.
Ba, who wreaked havoc on the Saint Peter’s back line for 81 minutes, captured his first honor roll selection after tallying the game-winning goal for the Red Storm in the 83rd minute. After providing the Red Storm with several key crosses and opportunities to help generate 24 shots, the Universiity of Louisville transfer capitalized on a hand ball in the box and drilled home a penalty kick to lift St. John’s to a 2-1 victory.
Cidolit, Ba and the Red Storm return to action at Belson Stadium against Temple University on Monday at 7 p.m.