It was the second ever lacrosse game for Robert Morris and the first for St. John's since 1995, when the sport was discontinued. It was reinstated in 2003.Justin O'Donnell had 3 goals and an assist and Jack Rosson scored 2 goals, including the game-winner with 7:32 left for the Red Storm."It was relief. I'm happy for the players and the program," said St. John's coach Rick Sowell, who was in his first game since 2003 when he was the coach at Dartmouth. "We showed a bit of nervousness and could never really get going. It was a scrappy effort and it's great to be 1-0. Our defense saved us today especially stopping Robert Morris on their last three possessions."Devin Madden, who won 14-of-18 faceoffs, scored the program's first goal at 12:39 of the first quarter. The teams went into halftime tied at 3."He lit into us at halftime," Madden said of Sowell. "He was passionate and it was special getting him his first win. He's worked hard to get us where we are today. The last thing anyone wanted was to drive back home with a loss."Tom Michaelsen and Robert Gannon each added a goal and Matthew Duca made 12 saves, including a point-blank stop with 39 seconds left in the game for St. John's, which plays its first home game Saturday at 1 p.m. against Georgetown after facing Fairfield in a game scheduled for Wednesday.
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