By Dylan Butler
It started out promisingly enough, as freshman Jamie Longo, the fourth quarterback used by the St. John’s football team, marched the Red Storm down field and scored an eight-yard touchdown to put his team ahead 6-0 less than two minutes into the game.
But the Red Storm couldn’t hold the lead, giving up 28 unanswered points en route to its fifth straight loss, 28-12, at LaSalle Saturday.
Longo was 8-for-17 for 135 yards and one touchdown pass, but an interception on second-and-goal from the LaSalle 2 clinched the game for the Explorers (4-3).
LaSalle garnered 430 yards of total offense, led by fullback Jeremy Crimmel (26 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns) and the passing of Steve Szydlik (10-for-25 for 144 yards and one touchdown).
Crimmel gave LaSalle a 14-6 halftime lead on a pair of touchdown runs, the second set up by a blocked punt. Szydlik connected with Rob McIntosh for a 13-yard touchdown strike to give LaSalle a 21-6 lead and Jeff Fletcher’s 63-yard rushing touchdown with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter capped the Explorers scoring.
Longo connected with Matt May (seven receptions for 111 yards) on a 36-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired for St. John’s (1-6) score.
St. John’s returns to Northeast Conference play Friday night when the Red Storm hosts Central Connecticut State at DaSilva Memorial Field at 7:30 p.m.
Connecticut 30-30-30, St. John’s 10-21-15. Jennifer Emerlogu had six kills, four digs and two blocks and Kristy Mercein added a team-high seven digs for the Red Storm (16-7, 4-4 Big East). UConn improves to 17-5, 6-2 in the conference.
Boston College 29-27-30-30-17, St. John’s 31-30-16-17-15. Robyn Kurasaki had 35 assists and 13 digs, while Mercein added four kills, five service aces and 22 digs. Rosalyn Dang also had nine kills and seven digs for St. John’s. Boston College (16-7, 4-3) was led by Rachel Bach, who had 18 kills and 11 digs and Katie Anderson, who had 15 kills and 24 digs.
St. John’s 30-30-30, Siena 25-21-29. Kurasaki had 19 digs and 37 assists for the Red Storm.
Queens College 30-30-30, Molloy 13-21-26. Noelia Castillo and Cassidy Mariano had 20 kills apiece to lead the Lady Knights (20-8, 10-0 New York Collegiate Athletic Conference).
York 3, Baruch 1. Top-seeded York (11-3-0) took the lead in the 18th minute of the CUNY quarterfinals at York Saturday when Chimelo Okoro scored off an assist from Cheick Keita. Keita added the Cardinals second goal seven minutes later on a cross from Paul Cardoza and Roger Wilson capped the Cardinals’ scoring with a second half goal.
York advances to the CUNY semifinals to face No. 5 Hunter in a game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Oval. The winner plays either No. 2 CCNY or No. 3 College of Staten Island in the CUNY final Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Oval.
York 2, Brooklyn 0. Marc Meo and Stephane Koutouo scored in the final 16 minutes for York.
Adelphi 6, Queens College 1. Ana Borges netted her seventh goal of the season to give Queens (6-9) an early lead, but Adelphi rattled off six unanswered goals in the Lady Knights season finale Saturday.
Zayas leads Red Storm to 12th place at Big East cross country championships
Graduate student Jose Zayas posted his best time of the season as he finished 18th in 25:29 to lead the St. John’s men’s cross country team to a 12th place finish at the Big East championships at Van Cortlandt Park Friday. Zayas edged a pair of Notre Dame to give the Red Storm its best finish since 1996.
“I am happy with my performance today,” Zayas said. “This was a nice accomplishment for me, but I know now what I need to do in order to improve and prepare for Northeast Regionals.”
Notre Dame took the men’s title with 49 points, followed by Villanova (52 points) and Providence (54 points).
Jen Lebowitz placed 61st in 23:37 to lead the Red Storm women’s team to a 14th place finish. Lebowitz edged teammate Lynn Medjuck, who placed 16th in 23:49. Georgetown captured its third Big East title, finishing first with 36 points. Boston College (53 points) was second while Providence (73 points).
The St. John’s cross country team returns to action Saturday, Nov. 10 for the NCAA Division I qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park.
SJU Men and Women Swimming teams victorious
The St. John’s men and women’s swimming teams opened its home schedule with a tri-meet at Alumni Hall Friday night. The men defeated Fordham and UConn while the women lost to the Rams and Huskies.
Pawel Sokolowski led the men’s team, taking first in the 50-free (21.52) and the 100-free (45.97) as St. John’s improved to 2-0.
Elizabeth Malinowski placed first in the 1,000-free (10:43.13) and the 500-free (5:17.39). Laura Nuudi finished first in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:11.35, while teammate Christine Myers placed a close second in 2:11.35 as the Red Storm dropped to 1-2.
Both teams return to action Nov. 9 and 10 at the West Point Invitational.
Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 143.