St. John's 1, Dartmouth 0

Nov. 22, 2005

QUEENS, N.Y. - On a wet field with wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour, a goal in the 57th minute by Matt Groenwald held up as No. 18 St. John's advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of sixteen with a 1-0 win over No. 22 Dartmouth at Belson Stadium Tuesday night. The Red Storm will travel to top-seeded Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m., in what will be its 10th consecutive appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The first half got off to a slow start, as both teams tried to adjust to playing in such heavy winds. The gusts, blowing from West to East, wreaked havoc on the trajectory of balls and called for adjustments in the air by both sides. St. John's, which played into the wind in the period, took three shots to Dartmouth's two, including a header on goal by Sebastian Alvarado-Ralph (Gothenburg, Sweden).

Switching sides, St. John's started the second half of play with the wind at its back and got in the scoring act early off a scrum in the Dartmouth box. Patrik Engstrom (Stockholm, Sweden), who put a game-high two shots on goal, put a cross into the box from deep in the corner of the field, which Andre Schmid (Sacramento, Calif.) kept alive with a flick inside the Dartmouth six-yard line. Groenwald's first touch got away from him, but an attempt to clear by Big Green defender Peter Savidis bounced hard off the graduate forward's back and past a diving Rowan Anders.

For Groenwald, it was his second goal in two NCAA Tournament games and his career-high seventh score of the season. Groenwald's score came at the 56:28 mark of the game and gave St. John's a 1-0 lead with 33 minutes to play. It came on Groenwald's 151st shot, as he moved into a tie for 10th place on the St. John's all-time shot list.

St. John's out-shot Dartmouth 7-2 and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks in the second period, continuing its trend of strong second-half play. For the season, the Red Storm is out-scoring teams 21-8, out-shooting them 153-96 and holding a 67-29 advantage in corners.

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Jason Landers (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) needed to make just one save in the tricky conditions, as he moved his season shutouts total to 11. The 11 clean slates are tied for second on the school's single-season shutouts list and trail just Guy Hertz's total of 12 shutouts in 2001.

-- Courtesy St. John's