BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, Jr., A
McArdle led the Red Storm to a 2-0 week, scoring 17 points last week. In a win against No. 7/6 Hofstra, McArdle assisted on four of the Red Storm's seven goals. In a win against Robert Morris, he had a hand in 13 of the 17 goals. He scored six goals himself and assisted on seven. He also picked up eight ground balls for the week. Against the Colonials, McArdle broke his own program record for single-game points, which he set with 12 against Rutgers earlier this season.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Jeff Lowman, St. John's, Sr., G
Lowman recorded 34 saves in a 2-0 week for St. John's. He had a career-high 19 saves in a 7-6 win against No. 7/6 Hofstra. Ten of the 19 saves came in the second half to seal the victory. Against Robert Morris, Lowman had 15 saves. He has recorded 41 stops in his last three games.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Andrew Barton, Providence, Jr., M
Kris Alleyne, Rutgers, Fr., G
Kevin Rice, Syracuse, So., A
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, Jr., FO
John LoCascio, Villanova, Jr., D
BIG EAST Notes
• St. John's is 6-2 after defeating Hofstra and Robert Morris, the best start since the program was reinstated in 2005. Kieran McArdle finished with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) against RMU, breaking his own school record and setting an NCAA high for points in a game in 2013. It's his second game with 12 or more points in the last three. Jeff Lowman finished with 15 saves after stopping 19 shots against Hofstra.
• No. 9/9 Syracuse had its five-game winning streak stopped, losing 11-10 to Villanova on March 23 at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats scored twice in the span of seven seconds with less than three minutes to play to pick up their first conference win of the season.Faceoffs were the difference as Villanova's Thomas Croonquist won 22 of the game's 24 draws (.916), including all 13 in the second half. Croonquist's success led to a 44-21 Villanova advantage in shots and a 32-19 margin in ground balls.
• No. 1/1 Notre Dame held on for a 7-6 victory against host Rutgers in its conference opener. The Fighting Irish were led offensively by junior midfielder Jim Marlatt's three fourth-quarter goals.
• Georgetown fell 19-7 to No. 12/13 Duke at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Senior midfielder Jason McFadden scored three goals and added an assist, while sophomore midfielder Joseph Bucci had two goals.
• Providence lost to Siena 13-11 on March 23 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Andrew Barton led the Friar effort with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists.