Bonnies Hold On and Stop Siena in Corning
from press release
CORNING, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure lacrosse team (4-1) pulled ahead of Siena early and survived a vicious comeback by the Saints in the closing minutes in order to preserve a 9-8 victory in their home opener, played at Corning Memorial Stadium in Corning, N.Y.
The ever efficient Jenna Schlagenhauf scored the first goal of the day for the Bonnies and would proceed to score the next three to give the Brown and White a 4-1 lead with less than one minute to play in the first half.
Siena was only able to muster one goal in the opening frame. Elspeth McGarry scored her third goal this season with just eight seconds remaining before halftime to allow the Bonnies to take a 5-1 advantage into the break.
The Saints struck first in the second half, scoring twice by the 22:57 mark. St. Bonaventure, however, wasted no time rebuilding their lead. McGarry picked up her second of the game thanks to an assist by Schlagenhauf. Less than a minute later, LeighAnn Stauffer put her mark on the score sheet with a tally that gave the Brown and White a 7-3 lead.
After a long drought, with 12:03 to play, Taylor Ventre made a strong move into the scoring area. She was hit hard but managed to get the shot off prior to losing her stick. The ball found the back of the net to give St. Bonaventure an 8-3 lead.
The final tally of the day for the Brown and White came just under 30 seconds later thanks to second-leading scorer Cara Callahan.
Over the final seven minutes, Siena went on a 5-0 run, with the final score coming with just 37 seconds on the clock. The SBU defense held true however, not allowing a repeat of its last minute debacle against Niagara on Tuesday. St. Bonaventure would ultimately claim the 9-8 victory
Schlagenhauf's four goals increase her team-leading total to 18. Her assist also ties her for the team lead with six.
The Bonnies will be back in action on Wednesday (Mar. 20) when they travel to Colgate for a 4:00 p.m. face off. This is a change from the originally scheduled game to be played at St. Bonaventure. Due to unplayable field conditions the tilt was moved to Colgate.
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