March 19, 2014
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NEW YORK – BIG EAST play began last weekend with Rutgers and St. John’s claiming victories. The Red Storm have a bye from conference competition but the Scarlet Knights will be tested when they head west to visit Denver on Saturday in one of two league games.
IN THE POLLS
Since losing at Penn, Denver has rebounded with quality wins over Notre Dame, Penn State and most recently Ohio State. The Pios returned to the top five in both major polls this week, checking in at No. 5 in each. The other BIG EAST team to garner votes this week is Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, who are 6-2 following Monday’s 10-7 victory against Richmond, appear just outside the top 20 in both the USILA Coaches poll and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media voting.
BIG EAST PLAY OPENS
Rutgers and St. John’s opened BIG EAST conference play with wins last weekend. The Red Storm took down Georgetown 15-7 and the Scarlet Knights doubled up Providence 12-6. Conference games continue this weekend with Rutgers heading to Denver and Marquette hosting Villanova.
McARDLE SETS JOHNNIES’ RECORD
BIG CHANCE FOR THE HOYAS
Capping off a remarkable six-goal, eight-point performance, Kieran McArdle scored with the extra man 1:36 into overtime to lift St. John’s to an 11-10 win over RV/No. 17 Hofstra on Tuesday. Earlier in the game McArdle took over the program record for career points and finished the day with 222 and counting. He takes the mandle from St. John’s Hall of Famer Mike Bolger who held the mark of 219 points for 27 years. McArdle’s overtime game-winner also gives the Red Storm their first 4-0 start at home since the program was reinstated in 2005.
Georgetown welcomes No. 2/2 Loyola Maryland on Wednesday evening in a nationally televised broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The Hoyas have lost four of their last five and are 3-4 on the season. Georgetown is just past the midway point of its season and has six games remaining. Following Wednesday’s tilt with the Greyhounds, Georgetown will visit Villanova next Tuesday on CBS Sports Network and return home March 29 to host Denver on FOX College Sports.
AMONG THE LEADERS
BIG EAST player remain at or near the top of several NCAA stat categories this week. St. John’s Kieran McArdle entered the week fifth in both assists (2.83) and points (5.0), while Georgetown’s Tyler Knarr is second with 10 ground balls per game. Denver freshman Zach Miller is second with a .625 shooting percentage and Villanova’s John LoCascio, the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is fifth averaging 2.6 caused turnovers.
FIRST TIME IN MILWAUKEE
After playing its first seven games away from home, Marquette finally plays a contest in Milwaukee this weekend when the Golden Eagles host Villanova in the BIG EAST opener for both. Marquette is 2-5 in its second varsity season and first in the BIG EAST.
PIOS CITED AS FAVORITES
Entering its first season in the BIG EAST, Denver was tabbed the preseason favorite in January in voting conducted by the league’s seven head coaches. With two appearances in the national semifinals in the last three seasons, the Pioneers topped the poll with 36 points and six first-place votes. St. John’s was next with 31 points and the last first-plate ballot. The rest of the poll was filled out by Villanova (25 points), Georgetown (22), Providence (12), Rutgers (12) and Marquette (9).
ALL EYES NEAR PHILLY
Villanova University will host the 2014 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday/Saturday, May 1/3 from Villanova Stadium. The top four teams in the regular-season standings will advance to the tournament, with the semifinals playing out Thursday. The two advancing teams will meet on Saturday with the conference title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line. FOX Sports 1 will televise the championship game at 4:30 p.m. ET.