Red Storm Opens Season With Delaware On Friday, Fordham On Sunday

St. John's kicks off season vs. Delaware at 7 p.m. on Friday.

St. John's kicks off season vs. Delaware at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Aug 23, 2013

QUEENS, N.Y. -

St. John's women's soccer will kick off the 2013 season with a two-game home stand, hosting the Delaware Blue Hens on Friday, Aug. 23 and the Fordham Rams on Sunday Aug. 25. Friday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick off, while Sunday's will begin at 1 p.m.

Kick Off Quick Facts
• Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with play-by-play by Sid Farooqi (Friday) and Ralph Bednarczyk (Sunday) and color commentary by former Red Storm standout and a member of St. John's NCAA Tournament team, Tara Mendoza.
• Twitter updates will also be available by following @StJohnsWsoccer. Join the conversation with #SJUWSoc.
• St. John's will start the season on a high note, after winning both preseason exhibitions. The Red Storm outscored its two opponents 8-1.
• Friday's game will mark the first game of head coach Ian Stone's 20th season. Stone has guided St. John's to a BIG EAST and ECAC Championship, an NCAA Tournament berth, 10 BIG EAST Tournaments and 170 wins in his tenure.
• St. John's is 2-1-0 in its all-time series against Delaware and 8-2-3* (9-2-4) against Fordham. St. John's and Delaware have not met since 2008.

St. John's On ESPN3
• All of St. John's women's soccer home games will be carried live nationally on ESPN3 as a production of the St. John's Television Network (STJ-TV).
• ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. ESPN3 is currently available to 74 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

Scouting The Blue Hens
• Delaware was selected seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association, after finishing the 2012 season in the Quarterfinals of the CAA playoffs. The Blue Hens return five key players who will complete their careers at Delaware this upcoming season, Seniors Chelsea Duffy, Shannon Kearney, Dianna Marinaro, Jessica Levy, and Brittany Bonzano. Duffy was selected to the all-CAA second team as a midfielder in 2012, and Levy was fourth overall in the CAA goalkeeping statistics. Levy also played with Team USA and earned a gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in mid-August.
• The Blue Hens also return sophomore Emily Market, who was selected to the CAA All-Rookie team last year.

Red Storm vs. Blue Hens - The Series
• Friday's meeting is the fourth in an all-time series dating back to the pre-Ian Stone era. St. John's holds a 2-1-0 series lead over Delaware. The Red Storm won its first game against the Blue Hens 1-0 on Sept. 12, 1992.
• The last time these two teams faced off was on Aug. 31, 2008. St. John's defeated Delaware, 1-0, winning the Blue Hen Classic Title.

Scouting The Rams
• Fordham lost five of its starters from 2012, a team that went 8-11-0 overall and 4-5-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams are a rookie-heavy team adding nine newcomers to its roster in 2013. Fordham was picked ninth out of 13 teams in the preseason A-10 poll.
• Junior Kristina Maksuti returns as the Rams leading scorer, as she had seven goals and three assists in 2012. In goal, junior Ally White returns. White appeared in 12 games in 2012 with nine starts and posted a 4-5-0 record with a 1.31 GAA.

Red Storm vs. Rams - The Series
• *Sunday's meeting is the 14th in Division I play between St. John's and Fordham. St. John's leads the series 8-2-3. Fordham's first varsity year was 1993. In St. John's record book, the record stands at 9-2-4, with two meetings in 1987 before the Rams received varsity status.
• St. John's and Fordham last met on Sept. 7, 2012, with the Red Storm earning a 2-0 victory with two goals scored by then-rookie Emily Cubbage. The game was played at Fordham.
• St. John's is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings against Fordham, a series that restarted in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus.

Marron Selected As Preseason All-BIG EAST
• Senior forward Amy Marron was one of 14 players named to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, announced by officials from the BIG EAST Conference on Aug. 7, coinciding with the release of the BIG EAST's preseason rankings.
• It is the second-straight year Marron was voted to the preseason team. As a junior in 2012, she became the first Red Storm player since Natasha Lee in 2005 to earn a spot on the conference's preseason all-conference squad.
• Marron earned St. John's team MVP award in 2012, as she switched from her usual offensive position as a forward/midfielder to center back based on the needs of the squad. The Valhalla, N.Y., native continued to succeed both on and off the pitch, earning All-BIG EAST third team accolades as well as NSCAA Scholar All-East Region third team honors. As a sophomore in 2011, Marron was named to the All-BIG EAST second team and helped St. John's secure a BIG EAST Tournament berth. In her three-year career so far with St. John's, Marron has appeared in 49 games, starting 48, and amassed 12 points on four goals and four assists. In her first two appearances as a defender, Marron helped St. John's to a pair of shutout wins over local-rivals Rutgers (Sept. 28, 2012) and Seton Hall (Sept. 30, 2012).

St. John's Picked Sixth In BIG EAST Preseason Poll
• St. John's was picked to finish sixth, in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. Marquette, the reigning BIG EAST Tournament and American Division regular season champion, was picked as the preseason favorite with 79 points and seven first place votes. Georgetown received three first place votes in second place. Villanova, DePaul and Providence round out the top five; while St. John's was voted sixth, two points shy of tying the Friars. Butler, Seton Hall, Creighton and Xavier finish out the 10 BIG EAST teams.

Up Next
• St. John's will take to the road to play the Massachusetts Minutemen on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field in Amherst, Mass.
• The Red Storm will be back at home on Sunday, Sept. 1 to host North Dakota State University at 7 p.m.

Ticket Info
• Season tickets are available for just $40. Call 1-888-GO-STORM to order today. Youth teams in eighth grade and below can scrimmage during halftime of any Red Storm home game. Group tickets are available for just $4 each. Call 718-990-2142 for more information. A promotional calendar will also be released.