STORMING THE BIG EAST: St. John's Opens Conference Play With Xavier Clash At Belson

Entering Thursday's BIG EAST opener against Xavier, the Red Storm has not lost a game at Belson Stadium in its last six appearances.

Entering Thursday's BIG EAST opener against Xavier, the Red Storm has not lost a game at Belson Stadium in its last six appearances.

Sept. 25, 2013


PXP: Ralph Bednarczky
Analyst: Sid Farooqi
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's will return home Thursday, Sept. 26 to take on the Xavier Musketeers at Belson Stadium in the first BIG EAST Conference game of the 2013 season. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 with a 7 p.m. kick off.

Kick Off Quick Facts
• Fans can get access to the game on ESPN3 with play-by-play by Ralph Bednarczyk and analysis by Sid Farooqi. Live stats for Thursday's game will be available through GameTracker on Follow live Twitter updates with @StJohnsWSoccer and keep the conversation going by using #SJUWSOC.
• The Red Storm tops the conference in GAA (.243), save percentage (.947) and shutout percentage (.750). Xavier has shut out six of their last seven opponents.
• The Musketeers' only loss this season came to Indiana on Sept. 18 in a 3-0 shutout on the road.
• St. John's only loss this season came to Ohio State on Sept. 15 in a 1-0 shutout as part of the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.
• The Red Storm has not lost a game at Belson Stadium in its last six appearances, starting back on Sept. 28, 2012 when it defeated Rutgers, 1-0.
• St. John's has only allowed one goal at Belson Stadium this season.
• The Red Storm has scored four or more goals in four games so far this season.
• St. John's 6-0-0 start was its best since 2004. In 2007, the Red Storm went unbeaten through eight games with a 6-0-2 record.
• 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 176 wins.



Scouting the Musketeers
• Xavier enters BIG EAST play with a record of 7-1-1, including an undefeated record at home (4-0) and seven shutouts. The Musketeers have already surpassed their win total from the 2012 season, in which they finished 6-12-1
• The Musketeers have been led offensively by the freshmen tandem of Maggie Hare and Tori Doss, who have combined for six goals and five assists, including three game-winning goals
• A Cincinnati native, junior goalkeeper Katie Markesbery has been a stalwart in goal for Xavier so far this season, leading the BIG EAST - and 45th in the NCAA in Saves per game (5.57), third in the conference and 35th in the NCAA in save percentage (.867) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (5).
• Xavier is led by head coach Woody Sherwood who is in his fourth season as the Musketeers head coach with a record of 27-32-5. A former four-year letterwinner at Xavier and a 1991 graduate, Sherwood was an assistant for three years with the Indiana Hoosiers before becoming head coach in Cincinnati.

Red Storm vs. Xavier - The Series
• This will be the first meeting between these two schools.

Poulin's Career Night
• Freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin recorded a career-high 14 saves in a scoreless draw with Dartmouth on Sept. 20, posting up her third shutout of the 2013 season.
• With her performance, Poulin earned her second BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors on Sept. 23.
• Poulin now leads the BIG EAST in both GAA (.257) and save percentage (.943) and is ranked fourth among all Division I women's soccer goalkeepers in GAA.

Daly Leads in three NCAA statistical categories
• In the NCAA statistical rankings through Sept. 22, sophomore Rachel Daly leads the nation's Division I players in three offensive categories.
• Daly leads the NCAA in points per game (3.0), goals per game (1.375) and goals (11).
• Her 24 points rank third among all Division I women's soccer players and No. 1 in the BIG EAST Conference.

SJU's shut-down "D"
• The Red Storm back line of Sarah Ashmore, Hailey Hemmer, Rachel Hoffman and Georgia Kearney-Perry and starting goalkeeper Diana Poulin have allowed just two goals in 740 minutes of action.

Up Next
• St. John's will open BIG EAST Conference action at home against Creighton next Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN 3.

Ticket Info
• Season tickets are available for the $40. Call 1-888-GO-STORM to order today. Youth teams in eight 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.