BELSON'S BEST: St. John's Looks To Defend Home Field Against Creighton

Freshman Diana Poulin, the reigning BIG EAS Goalkeeper of the Week, makes a diving save in the Red Storm's 2-0 home victory over Xavier on Thursday.

Freshman Diana Poulin, the reigning BIG EAS Goalkeeper of the Week, makes a diving save in the Red Storm's 2-0 home victory over Xavier on Thursday.

Sept. 27, 2013


PXP: Ralph Bednarczyk
Analyst: David Gaas
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s will take to the turf on Sunday, Sept. 29 to take on the Creighton Bluejays at Belson Stadium. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 with a 1 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 David Gaas. 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 enters the game at 7-1-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST, after claiming a 2-0 victory over Xavier on Thursday to open BIG EAST Conference play.
• St. John’s has not lost a game at Belson Stadium since Sept. 16, 2012 when it fell to Connecticut, 5-1.
• The Red Storm 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.
• Creighton enters the game at 7-3-0, 0-1-0 BIG EAST after starting the season 0-2-0.
• The Bluejays lost their first ever BIG EAST game to Marquette on Thursday, 2-1.
• Four of the Blue Jays last five victories have come by a one-goal margin, including a 2-1 victory over Montana in OT on Sept. 15
• The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 12, 1991 in Washington, D.C. Creighton defeated St. John’s, 2-0.
• 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 177 wins.

Scouting the Bluejays
• After losing its first two games of the season, Creighton went on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring its opponents 26-5 during that time.
• Leading the way this season offensively have been Kirstyn Corder and Lauren Cingoranelli, who each have 10 points. Corder has recorded five goals in nine games while Cingoranelli has posted three goals and four assists.
• Danielle Rice has been the Bluejays leading goalkeeper, allowing 12 goals while recording 46 saves for a 7-3-0 record and a pair of shutouts.
• The Bluejays have outshot their opponents 171-116 this season, averaging 17.1 shots per game.
• Kelsey O’Donnell was named last week’s BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bluejays to a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha, scoring a pair of goals while allowing only one shot in the second half. This is the second time O’Donnell received the honor.
• Emily Roll, Danielle Rice and Lauren Cingoranelli all received BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 16 following a 3-0 week

Red Storm vs. Creighton – The Series
• The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 12, 1991 at George Washington University as Creighton defeated St. John’s 2-0.

Daly Double Sinks Xavier
• Sophomore Rachel Daly scored her 12th and 13th goals of the season to lead the Red Storm to a 2-0 win over visiting Xavier on Sept. 26 in the team’s BIG EAST Conference opener. Daly scored from the penalty spot in the first half before doubling her tally from close range in the second half.

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 (.228) and save percentage (.947) and is ranked third in both among all Division I women’s soccer goalkeepers.

Daly Leads in four NCAA statistical categories
• In the NCAA statistical rankings through Sept. 26, sophomore Rachel Daly leads the nation’s Division I players in four offensive categories.
• Daly leads the NCAA in points per game (3.11), goals per game (1.444), points (28.0) and goals (13).

St. John’s Dominates POW
• The Red Storm had a student-athlete voted the College Player of the Week in four of the first five weeks in 2013
• Rachel Daly earned the honor on Aug. 26 and Sept. 9.
• Amy Marron was selected on Sept. 2.
• Diana Poulin received the honor on Sept. 23

BIG EAST statistical leaderboard
• As of Sept. 23, the Red Storm topped the BIG EAST Conference stat rankings in five different categories: goals allowed (2), GAA (.240), points allowed (7), points allowed per game (.880) and shutouts per game (.750).
• Individually, sophomore Rachel Daly was the league’s leader in the five goal categories (points 24, points per game 3.00, goals 11, goals per game 1.38, shots on goal per game 2.62); while rookie Diana Poulin led the BIG EAST in goals against average (.260).

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 830 minutes of action.

Up Next
• St. John’s will hit the road as they travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to take on Marquette on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Info
• Season tickets are available for the $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.