April 21, 2011

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Duquesne Rallies, Eliminates St. Bonaventure

from press release

ALFRED, N.Y. – Six straight Duquesne goals was enough to turn the tide as the Dukes (10-6, 4-3 Atlantic 10) rallied for a 12-10 win over St. Bonaventure (5-8, 2-5) Thursday afternoon at Alfred University's Merrill Field.

After trailing 6-4 at the half, a methodical Dukes' offense scored six times an 18-minute span to eliminate the Bonnies from Atlantic 10 Championship contention in their final conference game of the year.

Bonaventure freshman Cara Callahan netted four goals and passed off one of just two SBU assists to finish with a game-high five points. Christine Hanley and Emily Kane each scored twice in the loss.

Callahan assisted on Kane's goal to open the scoring and capped off the half after finding the back of the newt off a feed from classmate Elspeth McGarry with 43 seconds remaining. The Dukes began their comeback just 34 seconds into the final stanza to pull within one, 6-5, before tallies from Caitlin Prince and Haley Marafioti put Duquesne ahead for good.

Marafioti finished with three goals and an assist to lead the team, with Prince booking all three of her goals in the Dukes' clinching second-half run.

Callahan went to goal alone and made good on a free-position shot with 6:08 left to make it a two-goal game, 10-8, but two Duquesne goals in a 59-second span sealed the Bonnies' fate.

Duquesne's Liz Walker stopped six shots to preserve the win in goal, while Karly Kocis (4-8) took the loss after making 13 saves for the Bonnies.

St. Bonaventure hosts Detroit Mercy at noon on Saturday.

Notes

Hanley scored the 150th goal of her career and remains in second place on the school's all-time scoring list (190 points) … she became the program's all-time leading goal scorer earlier this season … Kane has 44 career assists to rank fourth, and 27 helpers this season are the fourth highest total ever at SBU.


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