Fallon's Overtime Goal Sends Bonnies Past La Salle On Senior Day

Fallon's Overtime Goal Sends Bonnies Past La Salle On Senior Day

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- The St. Bonaventure University lacrosse team concluded its 2017 regular season with a thrilling overtime win over La Salle, 15-14, at the Marra Athletics Complex.

Taylor Fallon delivered the game winner as she netted one in sudden-death overtime to give the Bonnies their second Atlantic 10 victory.

Prior to the start of the game, the Brown and White honored its eight seniors, Erica KnaubRachel PerlaJalen MiddlebrooksMary MaestriTaylor FallonScarlet JaworskiMaddison Appel and LeighAnn Stauffer.

Sidelined with a knee injury, Stauffer started the game and took the opening draw, which ended up being controlled by St. Bonaventure.

The Brown and White struck first as Fallon found the back of the net just over three minutes into the start of the game.

Down 5-3 with 12 minutes left in the half, the Bonnies ripped off five straight goals to take an 8-5 lead at the 3:06 mark. Appel, Perla, Fallon, Maestri and Middlebrooks all scored during the stretch. 

Middlebrooks' goal was the defender's first of her senior campaign.

The Explorers scored a pair in the final three minutes of action, but Middlebrooks netted one with nine seconds left in the half to send the Bonnies into the break ahead,  9-7.

But four straight goals from La Salle to start the second half put the Explorers up, 11-9, early in the period.

Later down 13-10 at the 16:21 mark, Rylee Arnold scored back-to-back goals immediately followed by strikes from Jaworski and Fallon to give the Bonnies a 14-13 lead with 12 minutes remaining.

The two team battled for the next 11 minutes as both squads refused to give.

But, with a minute remaining in the game, La Salle fired and scored to tie the game at 14-14.

The Bonnies rifled five shots in the final 25 seconds of regulation but failed to break the tie, forcing sudden-death overtime.

45 seconds into the extra time, Fallon delivered the game winner to send the Bonnies to a 15-14 overtime win.

Fallon's six goals were a game high.

In the contest, Morgan Conroy made 13 saves in net.

Shots were nearly identical for both teams with La Salle taking a faint edge, 35-34.