Aug 28, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John’s women’s soccer will be back in action on Thursday for a midweek, afternoon non-conference match against the Massachusetts Minutewomen. St. John’s and UMass will kick off at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field in Amherst, Mass. It is the first road contest for the Red Storm.
Kick Off Quick Facts
• Live stats for Thursday’s game will be available through the Minutewomen’s website: UMassAthletics.com. Live Video will also be available, but the link will not be live until game time. Twitter updates will also be available by following @StJohnsWsoccer. Join the conversation with #SJUWSoc.
• St. John’s and Massachusetts have only met once before, in a neutral site match at University of Connecticut in 2005. The Red Storm and Minutewomen’s match ended in a double-overtime tie at 1-1.
• The Red Storm started the season 2-0, defeating Delaware, 2-1, and Fordham, 5-0 during the opening weekend of play.
• St. John’s has not started 2-0 since the 2009 season, St. John’s NCAA Tournament year.
• UMass is 0-1-0 on the young season, losing to Siena, 4-3, on the road.
• On Monday, St. John’s earned two of the four weekly honors given out by the BIG EAST Conference. Sophomore forward Rachel Daly was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and rookie Diana Poulin was tabbed the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. The following Day, Daly also received BigAppleSoccer.com Women’s College Player of the Week honors.
• 2013 is the 20th season for head coach Ian Stone. During his tenure, Stone has guided St. John’s to a BIG EAST and ECAC Championship, an NCAA Tournament berth, 10 BIG EAST Tournaments and 172 wins.
Scouting the Minutewomen
• UMass dropped its season-opener on the road on Friday, 4-3 to Siena. The Minutewomen had 29 shots in the contest. Junior Alyssa D’Arcy scored twice against Siena; while rookie Megan Burke scored the third goal.
• The Minutewomen were picked fifth out of 13 teams (110 points) in the preseason Atlantic 10 Coaches Poll. Rookies Alyssa Fratarcangeli and Frida Lindblom were selected to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team.
• UMass returned all four members of its starting back line from a 2012 team that went 9-10-1, 4-4-1 in conference play. However, there is a new face in the net as both Minutewomen starting keepers graduated last season. Rookie Danielle Kriscenski will start for UMass. Against Siena she had 0 saves in 90 minutes and allowed four goals.
Red Storm vs. Minutewomen - The Series
• Thursday’s meeting is the second in the all-time series between UMass and St. John’s. The teams last met on Sept. 11, 2005 in the second day of the University of Connecticut Tournament. UMass and St. John’s played to a 1-1 draw with Natasha Lee scoring the lone goal for the Red Storm. It will be the first meeting for St. John’s at UMass.
Red Storm Fifth in NSCAA Regional Rankings
• In the NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Regional Poll, St. John’s was voted fifth in the region behind Notre Dame (1), Georgetown (2), Marquette (3) and Boston University (4). St. John’s will play both Georgetown and Marquette this season, both on the road in BIG EAST play in October.
Daly’s Hat Trick – First Since 2002
• Against Fordham on Aug. 25, sophomore forward Rachel Daly scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, earning her first-collegiate hat trick and the first hat trick for St. John’s since Dominica Reina on Sept. 3, 2002, coincidentally, also against Fordham at Belson Stadium.
SJU Nets Both BIG EAST Offensive POW And Goalkeeper of The Week Honors
• On Monday, Aug. 26, the BIG EAST released its first conference weekly honors of 2013. After a 2-0 start, St. John’s had two of the four honorees with Rachel Daly as Offensive Player of the Week and Diana Poulin as Goalkeeper of the Week.
• Daly had eight points in the opening weekend of play, with three goals against Fordham and assists on both goals in the 2-1 win over Delaware (Aug. 23). It was the first BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor for St. John’s since Krystle Jalalian on Sept. 3, 2007.
• Poulin, a rookie from Hauppauge, N.Y., earned the first Goalkeeper of the Week honor since teammate Lauren Ferris on Oct. 3, 2011. Poulin allowed just one goal in her two-victory debut-weekend in goal. Poulin played all 90 minutes in the 2-1 over the Blue Hens and 75 minutes in the five-goal shutout against Fordham. Poulin had four saves for the weekend.
Tinari Nets Two In College-Debut
• Rookie midfielder Morgan Tinari had an impressive start to her college career as she scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Delaware (Aug. 23).
• Tinari started both games (vs. Delaware - Aug. 23; vs. Fordham - Aug. 25) and played a combined 110 minutes, 83 against the Blue Hens.
• Tinari’s second goal against Delaware was the game-winner, scored in the 79th minute of play.
Red Storm Outscores Opponents, 7-1
• St. John’s started the season on a high-scoring note, defeating Delaware (2-1) and Fordham (5-0) in the opening weekend of play after winning both preseason exhibitions. The Red Storm has outscored its two opponents 7-1; 15-2 including the exhibitions.
• The last time St. John’s defeated a team by a five-goal margin was against LIU on Sept. 2, 2001 at home. The Red Storm defeated the Blackbirds by the same score, 5-0.
• St. John’s offensive efforts were the work of the Red Storm’s rookies as rookie Morgan Tinari netted both goals against the Blue Hens and sophomore Rachel Daly had a hat trick against Fordham. Rookie keeper Diana Poulin went 2-0-0 for the weekend, earning her first shutout on Sunday against Fordham.
• St. John’s will return home on Sunday, Sept. 1 to host North Dakota State at 7 p.m. on Belson Stadium.
• At each home game this season, we will be featuring a local St. John’s Player of the Game. This weekend will feature senior keeper Lauren Ferris. Be on the look out for trivia and posters featuring Ferris, a Mt. Sinai, N.Y., native played two seasons as starting goalkeeper for St. John’s.
• 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.