St. John's 3, Boston University
St. John's 3, Boston University 1ÂNov. 23, 2004
QUEENS, NY -- Freshman forward Andrei Gotsmanov scored two goals and had one assist and No. 11 St. Johns limited Boston University to only four shots as the Red Storm topped the Terriers, 3-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Belson Stadium Tuesday night.
The win improves St. Johns record to 11-5-4 overall, while the Terriers finish their season with a 10-8-3 record.
St. Johns advances to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth-straight season, one of only two schools in the nation to accomplish that feat. They will face the winner of tonights match between Loyola Marymount and sixth-seeded UCLA.
The Red Storm controlled the play in the early goings, peppering Boston University sophomore goalkeeper Chad Comroe with five shots. They could not connect, in part due to saves made by Comroe.
St. Johns finally connected in the 42nd minute, when senior Matt Groenwald sent a ball into the box. Senior Ryan Kelly got a head on the ball, which bounced off of a B.U. defender and popped out to the top of the box. Gotsmanov sent a blast from 26 yards out that beat Comroe at 41:31, giving St. Johns a 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes into the second half, Gotsmanov did it again. Senior forward Andre Schmid raced up the far sideline with a defender on him, pulled up at the end line and sent a ball through the box to the freshman, who beat Comroe to the lower far post.
The Terriers managed to cut the lead in half in the 56th minute when Roland Erlichman scored his ninth goal of the season at 56:46. Derek Puerta sent a ball through the box and Erlichman beat St. Johns senior goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
The Red Storm continued to press. Gotsmanov had a chance for his third hat trick of the season late in the game when he took a feed in the box from Groenwald and was alone on the near side, but backup goalkeeper Zach Riffett, who came in for an injured Comroe, was able to get a hand on the ball for the save.
St. Johns sealed the game in the 80th minute when Gotsmanovs corner kick was flicked in to the near post by junior Sebastian Alvarado-Ralph.
The Red Storm out shot the Terriers, 17-4, with 10 shots on goal. St. Johns had five corner kicks, while Boston University attempted one.
Game QuotesBoston University Head Coach Neil Roberts
This is a tough place to play, but Im really proud of the way our guys played. We pushed up and attacked them a bit and we had some chances. Being down two goals to St. Johns is not a fun way to play, but it didnt phase these guys. Im proud of how they played.
On St. Johns&
Theyre experienced and theyve been there before. They know what its like to play in tough, pressurepacked situations like this one.
On his thoughts after B.U. scored&
That we were getting close. Being down two goals to a team like St. Johns is not a position you want to put yourselves in. They got to third base before we got to second.
On sophomore goalkeeper Chad Comroe&
That was a big-time save (in the first half) that kept us in the game at an important time. Weve seen that from him all year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Chad Comroe
On playing St. Johns&
I always feel that were going to win when we come into a game. We had a feeling they were going to come at us pretty hard and we just tried to weather the storm.
St. Johns Head Coach Dave Masur
Its always great to get an NCAA Tournament win. Im happy were moving on.
Were always concerned coming into a game. We need to focus for 90 minutes and to push forward, and the score would be whatever it was. Weve been on the other side of that equation before.
On Andrei Gotsmanov
They were eager to get out on the pitch and play. Early on, Matt (Groenwald) and Andrei (Gotsmanov) got us going a little bit. They keep the pressure on and gave us some opportunities.
Hes a very dangerous guy with the ball. We try to get him involved every chance we get. Hes got a fantastic finish, but weve been working on speeding his mentality to shoot. Thats going to help all of us.
Freshman forward Andrei Gotsmanov
On frustrations early in the game&
We had the chances and we just went at it. We kept missing out, but we knew if we kept going at it, our chances would come.
On narrowly missing a hat trick&
I had too much time. I thought too much. I was deciding whether to go right or left and the goalie made a great save. I was surprised that I was that wide-open.
Senior forward Matt Groenwald
On Andrei Gotsmanov
Hes been great all year. His natural ability lead him to be a great scorer. He stepped up today and helped us move on to the next round. If I keep creating chances for him, were going to get the goals.
On coming in under the radar&
Yes and no. Yes, (we came in) under the radar having lost in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals and having a 10-5-4 record. We werent at the same point we have been in the past. At the same time, were not because of our recent success, going to the Final Four three years ago and playing in the championship game last year. Other teams come in knowing we have discipline, hard work and intensity.
-- Courtesy St. John's