Freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin turned in the finest performance of her young St. John’s career with a season-high 14 saves and the Red Storm outshot the Big Green, 7-3, in the two overtime periods, but head coach Ian Stone’s squad simply could not find the winner despite a number of late close calls.
One of those close calls included sophomore forward Rachel Daly thumping the ball in the back of the net with five minutes remaining in regulation. However, the goal was waved off due to an offside call before the shot.
Playing in front of 659 fans at Belson Stadium, St. John’s finished its non-conference slate with a 6-1-1 record, going unbeaten on its home turf while outscoring the opposition 21-2.
“We have to be better on our home field in conference,” said Stone. “We are a very talented team but we have to show more desire and a better mentality about setting a tone in the game.”
Poulin finished the game five saves short of tying the school record of 19 saves in a single game, set by Sherry Reill on Oct. 15, 1995 against Connecticut.
Poulin was named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week for her efforts in only her eighth game with St. John’s.
“Diana was phenomenal,” said Stone following Sunday’s game. “She just has such a presence and such composure at that age,”
Poulin currently ranks fourth in the nation in both goals-against average (.257) and save percentage (.943).
The next time St. John’s takes the field will mark the opening of the new Big East Conference as the Red Storm welcome Xavier on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN 3.