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Former Connetquot star Kieran McArdle leads St. John's

St. John's Kieran McArdle takes a shot on

St. John's Kieran McArdle takes a shot on goal during game against Hofstra on March 18, 2014. Credit: Enrique C. Mendez

Overtime against Hofstra belonged to St. John's and Kieran McArdle, the former Connetquot High School star who crossed the Nassau border to put St. John's lacrosse on the map.

McArdle, the 2013 Big East offensive player of the year, put his wares on full display Tuesday, scoring the winning goal -- his sixth score of the day -- at 2:24 of sudden death to give host St. John's (4-3) an 11-10 victory. He also became the program's all-time points leader with 222.

Hofstra's Mike Malave scored his third goal of the game with 3:31 left in regulation. Drew Coholan also had a hat trick for the Pride (4-3). Hofstra won the overtime faceoff but missed its shot on goal, and a penalty gave St. John's a man-up opportunity.

"We ran that man-up play that whole day and I had a couple of shots off it, I had two goals actually,'' McArdle said. "I thought they were going to stick with me, but I had my hands free and put it in the back of the net.''

Hofstra coach Seth Tierney called McArdle a "bear'' to cover, while Red Storm coach Jason Miller viewed it as business as usual for his senior attack.

"I think that's what really makes the great ones,'' Miller said. "Everybody here and everybody in the country know who we are going to in crunch time. What makes him great is that he makes the plays. We're going to work hard to give him opportunities to do what he does. He has the unique ability to make the play, and there's not a guy I'd rather have with the ball in that situation than him.''

McArdle, who has 118 assists and 104 goals, broke the school record of 219 points by Mike Bolger, who graduated in 1987 and was just inducted into the university's Hall of Fame.

"It's great, it's an awesome accomplishment,'' McArdle said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates, they get me the ball, I get them the ball.''

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