Devon Cown scored twice in the fourth quarter to lift the Marquette University Golden Eagles 15-14 win over the St. John’s Red Storm at wrap-up their season on Friday afternoon in Queens.
Cown would end the game leading Marquette with four goals, while goalkeeper Gabe Stein had a career-high 17 saves in his final performance at the college level.
It was a back-and-forth battle as the teams were knotted at 10 a piece heading into the fourth quarter.
Griffen Fleming, a redshirt senior with Marquette, would score twice to give the Golden Eagles the lead. However, St. John’s Connor Kalmus would reply each time to keep the game close.
Cown would score the go-ahead goal with 1:23 left on the clock and the game-winner on an empty net with 23 seconds left to give them the 15-4 win over St. John’s.
The four-goal performance by Cown gave him 30 for the season, becoming only the fifth player in Marquette history to reach the benchmark and the first second-year player from Marquette to score more than 23 goals in a season.
St. John’s Joe Madsen would add a late marker with seven seconds left, but Marquette would win the ensuing faceoff to run out the clock.
Despite the performance by Stein in goal, he was not slated to start. John Hulsman got the start, but was pulled in the first quarter after St. John’s took a 5-2 lead.
The 15-14 win over St. John’s improves the Golden Eagle’s record to 4-8 and 3-7 in the Big East Conference.
Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult season for St. John’s as they hold a record of 1-10. The Red Storm are winless in 10 games in the BIG EAST Conference.
The 15-14 win over St. John’s now moves them to 8-1 all-time against the Red Storm and they have won eight-straight over St. John’s.
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years. For the past five years, he’s been the Saskatchewan correspondent for LaxPhilly.