Sep 8, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
First-year forward Rachel Daly continues to command the offense for St. John's as her second hat trick of the season leads the Red Storm past Brown, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Field.
Daly scored the eventual game-winner, a penalty kick, in the first 36 seconds of the game, setting the tone early for St. John's. In five of the six games, St. John's has scored in the first 17 minutes of action. St. John's has scored first in all of the wins.
"We focused on scoring first, because we thought it was important to set the tone early, especially playing against a decent Brown team on their home field," remarked head coach Ian Stone. "What is most enjoyable for me, is that the girls are taking the information in and acting on it. Scoring early definitely takes a lot of the pressure off."
Rookie keeper Diana Poulin (6-0-0) and the Red Storm back line of Georgia Kearney-Perry, Hailey Hemmer, Sarah Ashmore and Rachel Hoffman once again held the opposing offense to single-digit shots, just three shots on goal. Poulin played 83 minutes and had two saves; sophomore net-minder Ellen Conway came in and played 7:50 with one save to preserve the shutout.
In the opening seconds, Daly advanced toward Brown goalkeeper Amber Bledsoe on a through pass from rookie Morgan Tinari. Daly went around Bledsoe, but Bledsoe took her down in the box, giving the forward from Harrogate, England her second PK chance of the season.
St. John's held on to a 1-0 lead through the next 29 minutes, before Daly scored again, a one-time left-footed shot on a cross floater from senior forward Amy Marron
. Daly sunk the ball in between Bledoe and the near post. Marron had got the ball from rookie Miranda Haraughty
on the left flank and got past a few Brown midfielders and defenders before getting the ball to Daly.
Junior midfielder Deanna Murino gave the Red Storm a 3-0 lead in the last seconds of the half, scoring on a St. John's corner kick, creating space with the ball and taking a right-footed shot from eight yards away.
St. John's has scored 15 of its 21 total goals in the first half of play.
Brown switched goalkeepers to MC Barrett, looking to change their luck.
Daly had two quick shots in the opening minutes of play, one went just high over the cross bar and the other hit the post.
Brown took it the other way and the Bears took their first shot on goal as an attempt by Chloe Cross was saved by Poulin.
In the 67th minute, MacKenzie Kligmann for Brown challenged Poulin again, but the rookie from Hauppauge, N.Y., saved it.
In the 77th minute, Daly made it three goals for the day, as she slotted the ball into the open net, going around the keeper for the shot. Junior Caitlyn McLaughlin passed the ball through to Daly and sophomore Shelby Halász was also credited for an assist.
St. John's outshot Brown, 15-7. St. John's also had the advantage on corner kicks, 11-9.
Once again, Stone went deep into his bench and was able to play 22 players from the roster.
With her 11 goals this season, Daly is tied for fourth in St. John's single-season records. She is tied with Cristin Burtis's 1991 season. Daly's 24 points ties her with Julianne Newman's 1994 fifth-place ranking. Marron is tied for 10th for assists in a single season with seven.
With its fifth-straight shutout, the Red Storm advances to 6-0-0 on the season, the best start since 2004 when St. John's went 6-0 before losing at Syracuse. In 2007, St. John's went unbeaten through eight games with a 6-0-2 record.
St. John's has outscored its opponents 21-1.
Next up, the Red Storm will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for the Hoosier Classic, Sept. 13-15. St. John's will play host-school Indiana on Friday at 6 p.m., then Ohio State at 11 a.m. on Sunday.