SJU shuts out Xavier in Big East opener for 4th straight win
by Matt Caputo
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Graduate defender and former three-year captain at Drake University, Lucas Bartlett has brought poise and leadership to the Red Storm’s back line. They've recorded three clean sheets in four games. (Photo: SJU Athletics)
Graduate defender and former three-year captain at Drake University, Lucas Bartlett has brought poise and leadership to the Red Storm’s back line. They've recorded three clean sheets in four games. (Photo: SJU Athletics)
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SJU men’s soccer rolled to their fourth straight victory in a shutout over Xavier to kickoff Big East play last week in Ohio. After more than 70 scoreless minutes, senior captain Brandon Knapp (Abingdon, Md.) finished a header on a cross from Jared Juleau (Stamford, Conn.), netting what proved to be the game-winner for the Red Storm. The goal was Knapp’s third of the season, all of which have been game-winners. Juleau’s assist was his second this season. For the second time in as many weeks, Knapp was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. In seven games this season, he leads the Red Storm in goals (3), assists (4) and points (10), good for second in the Big East in all three of those categories. St. John’s (5-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 Big East) outshot Xavier, 13-4, including a 7-0 advantage in second-half chances. The Red Storm took six corner kicks compared to the Musketeers’ none. Luka Gavran (Hamilton, Ontario) was named the Big East’s goalkeeper of the week. The Redshirt Junior made three first-half saves to record his fourth clean sheet in just seven tries, collecting shutouts against Albany, Fordham, Columbia and Xavier so far this season. On the year, Gavran has posted a 0.71 goals against average and an .800 save percentage. Graduate defender Lucas Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan.) was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Bartlett has been a steadying presence on a Red Storm back line that has been shuffled in recent seasons and currently ranks second on the team in goals (2), assists (2) and points (6). In Saturday’s conference opener, Bartlett played the full 90 minutes and helped hold Xavier off the board. In the 43rd minute of Monday’s win over Columbia, Bartlett headed home a corner kick from Atila Ashrafi for his second goal of the season. Friday night, the Red Storm hosts Creighton at Belson Stadium for its Big East home opener. The match will be streamed on Flo Sports. The road ahead is a tough one, as St John’s will match up against some top-level opposition in the coming months. On Oct. 6, St. Johns will face Providence, ranked #24 on this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com national rankings On Saturday, Oct. 16 at Belson Stadium, the Johnnies will face Seton Hall, who were ranked 19th in the NCAA rankings on Sept. 14. The following week SJU will travel to D.C. for a meeting with Georgetown, who has gotten off to a perfect, 6-0, start, earning the top spot on both the NCAA and TopDrawerSoccer.com charts.
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Playoff hopes dwindling
by Noah Zimmerman
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It’s the home stretch of the MLB season, and both New York clubs are watching their playoff hopes grow more and more slim. Many times through an up-and-down season, both the Mets and Yankees looked poised to make the postseason, but neither stayed in control of their destiny. While the Mets sat atop the NL East for half the season, they coughed up their lead with an abysmal second half. Across town, a wild winning streak looked like it would propel the pinstripes to the playoffs. Instead, a lackluster September saw the Yankees fall back into 4th in a brutally difficult AL East. The Mets season was likely finished a few weeks ago, but in true fashion they punched and kicked to stay alive through September. They have road trips to Milwaukee and Atlanta left on the schedule. A 4-game series against the Marlins at home may seem like a blessing, but Miami leads the season series 8-7, including five wins through August and September. Before their two games in Boston, the Mets sat 5.5 games out of 1st place and 7 out of a Wild Card spot. It would take a miracle (and collapses from the Phillies and Braves) for them to sneak into the playoffs, and the roster isn’t performing nearly enough to make much noise in October anyway. As much as the Mets season has had its ups and downs, the Yankees season has been chaotic from start to finish. Playing in the toughest division in baseball, there was little room for error with four teams in the hunt for postseason baseball. An incredible run of 13 consecutive wins saw the Bombers shoot to 2nd place and the first Wild Card spot, but they dropped nine of their next 13, including a pivotal four-game sweep by the Blue Jays. They’re just a half game out of the Wild Card, but the Yankees have to dominate the final three series of the year, all against the divisional foes that stand in their way. If they pull it off, they’ll likely have to rematch the Red Sox for a chance to play the American League-leading Rays in the ALDS.
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Graduate defender and former three-year captain at Drake University, Lucas Bartlett has brought poise and leadership to the Red Storm’s back line. They've recorded three clean sheets in four games. (Photo: SJU Athletics)
Graduate defender and former three-year captain at Drake University, Lucas Bartlett has brought poise and leadership to the Red Storm’s back line. They've recorded three clean sheets in four games. (Photo: SJU Athletics)
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Queensboro FC II head coach Diego Gomez talks over the first 45 minutes after establishing a 6-0 lead at halftime. (Photo: Queensboro FC)
Queensboro FC II head coach Diego Gomez talks over the first 45 minutes after establishing a 6-0 lead at halftime. (Photo: Queensboro FC)
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Damien Barker never let the Pathfinder defense rest, finding the net four times in the big win. (Photo: Queensboro FC)
Damien Barker never let the Pathfinder defense rest, finding the net four times in the big win. (Photo: Queensboro FC)
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