Women's Lacrosse Players Represent U.S. In Australian Summer Games

Women's Lacrosse Players Represent U.S. In Australian Summer Games

By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

The summer months typically bring a break from competition for the majority of Bonnies student-athletes, but most remain active in the off-season in preparation for the year to come.

For a pair of Bonnies women's lacrosse players, their summer work saw them travel around the globe to represent the Brown and White.

Rising seniors Rylee Arnold and Kathryn Yoder each went to Australia in June after being nominated to play for the United States team in the Beyond Sports Australia Lacrosse Program. The pair earned nominations from the Beyond Sports organization for their work on the field during their first three seasons with St. Bonaventure and recommendations from their coaches.

The result was a trip of a lifetime.

"The trip was absolutely amazing, being a combination of lacrosse, informational sessions and excursions," Arnold described.

For two weeks, the Bonnies duo had a chance to play with their new teammates in six games while also meeting other lacrosse players from around the world. Playing in contests held in Melbourne and Sydney, the U.S. team won five of their six games during the trip.

"The teams we played in Sydney were a mix of girls from countries such as Scotland, Ireland and parts of Australia where lacrosse isn't a popular sport, so they were a bit behind," Arnold said. "But the Melbourne teams were very strong and said there were other good teams in their area to push them."

On top of the success on the field and the opportunity to share their game with new audiences in a different part of the world, Arnold and Yoder both took in the culture and scenery as well.

"Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef was by far the most memorable part of the trip," Arnold said. "We took a boat to Green Island where we snorkeled right off the beach for hours and saw some amazing things."

Last season, Yoder earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Second Team defensive squad after registering 49 ground balls and 44 caused turnovers last year. She ranked seventh in the NCAA and second in the A-10 with 2.63 caused turnovers per game. Arnold, meanwhile, led the team in goals (26), points (32) and draw controls (53).

Along with memories of a tremendous summer excursion, the Bona representative also left with a group of new friends from around the world.

"We basically spent every minute with the girls for two weeks, so we became very close and still talk to one another almost every day," Arnold said. "It was a wonderful trip."

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