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College Round-Up: St. John’s edges Robert Morris in lacrosse opener

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.Chapman's hat trickFor a third time this season, Queens College men's basketball player Clyde Chapman was named New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The 6-foot-4 forward from Brooklyn averaged 17.5 points and 7 rebounds a game and shot 55.2 percent from the field for the week.Chapman scored a career high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in posting his second double-double of the season in an 84-77 loss at Bridgeport Saturday. Five days earlier, he had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists against Philadelphia University.Women's basketballBoston College 64, St. John's 55. Kathrin Ress scored 22 points and Sarah Marshall and Aja Parham added 10 points apiece for No. 22 Boston College, which avenged a loss last month to St. John's, Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.Kia Wright scored 19 points and Greeba Barlow added 10 for St. John's (18-9, 7-9 Big East) in the regular season finale for both teams.A 3-pointer by Kati Kurtosi tied the game at 34 for the Red Storm less than three minutes into the second half, but Kindyll Dorsey knocked down a pair of treys that sparked a 12-0 run that gave BC (19-8, 10-6) its biggest lead of the game, 46-34 with 13:50 left. The Red Storm got as close as 61-53 on an Angela Clark jumper with 1:47 left.Former Christ the King standout Clare Droesch had 4 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles.St. John's, which finished with its best record in 17 seasons, will compete in the Big East tournament for a second consecutive year this weekend. The eighth-seeded Storm takes on No. 9 Seton Hall in a first round game Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center. The two teams split the season series this year.The winner faces top-seeded Rutgers, ranked No. 9 in the country, Sunday at noon. That game will be broadcast live on CSTV.Queens College 76, Georgian Court University 44. Shonda Holder closed out her Queens College career by recording her 51st double-double by scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds Tuesday night at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The Uniondale, L.I. native finishes second all-time among Division II players at Queens with 1,745 points and is the all-time rebounding leader on the Division II level with 1,096.Katie Brown also recorded a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Lauren Tartamella added 13 points for Queens (13-14) in a game that was postponed twice because of inclement weather.Men's volleyballQueens College 30-30-30, York College 17-17-27. Germanas Jocius and Neal Octave each had 11 kills while Angel Capellan added 10 for Queens (11-5), which has won five out of its last six games. John Calderon handed out 37 kills and Jason Octave had 6 aces and 9 digs to help the Knights end February with seven wins in 11 games.Reach Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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