@BonniesLax Claims Season Opener In Dramatic Fashion

@BonniesLax Claims Season Opener In Dramatic Fashion


– The St. Bonaventure lacrosse team (1-0) opened up their 2013 campaign with a dramatic, 15-14 win over Winthrop (2-2) who is playing well in its first season of lacrosse.

The first nine minutes of the match were generally uneventful. Winthrop's Megan Wallenhorst was the first to tally a score with her goal with 21:03 left in the half. St. Bonaventure responded however, netting two goals courtesy of Cara Callahan and Jenna Schlagenhauf less than a minute apart.

Winthrop tied the score up at two three minutes later but the Bonnies responded once again with four straight scores that went unanswered by their hosts. Showing their balance as a team, three of those four goals were scored by different players. Schlagenhauf tallied and second and third scores of the day in that stretch.

Trailing 7-3 with 7:38 to play in the half, Winthrop commenced on a 5-0 run to claim an 8-7 advantage, its first since the score was 1-0. St. Bonaventure's Taylor Ventre put a stop to the run and tied the score at 8-8 with a shot just before halftime.

In the second half the scoring started much earlier. SBU's Cara Callahan tallied her second score to push the Bona lead to 9-8. Winthrop however grabbed control of the game with a 3-0 run that gave them an 11-9 lead with 18:32 to play.

The resilient Bonnies were not done yet however. LeighAnn Stauffer cashed in a free position shot to make it 11-10. Winthrop followed that up with two more to push its lead up to the three, 13-10, its largest of the game.

With 12:40 to play Cara Callahan netted her third score of the day, followed just 16 seconds later by Taylor Ventre bringing the score to 13-12. Winthrop's Shannon Gallagher added some insurance with a goal with just 11:54 to play.

Jenna Schlagenhauf canned a goal with 10:08 to play bringing the score to 14-13 in favor of Winthrop but from there both offenses stalled. The Bonnies broke through with the tying score with 5:18 to play thanks to Mikayla Place, her first.

With both teams scrambling to get the winning score, the Bonnies would be granted a free position shot following a Winthrop penalty. Just ten seconds remained when Erin Thomas converted what would go on to be the game winner. St. Bonaventure had prevailed in the exciting matchup.

Jenna Schlagenhauf paced the Bonnies with four goals. Cara Callahan added three along with LeighAnn Stauffer. Taylor Ventre tossed in a pair while Erin Thomas, Marybeth Madia and Mikayla Place each added one.

The Bonnies will be back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at Coastal Carolina. The start time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.