STORRS, Conn. – Senior Molly Hastrich tallied her fourth goal of the game with less than two minutes left in the second half to give the Bonnies the go ahead goal as the St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse team beat Connecticut 11-10 on a sunny afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
“We stayed composed and that was the difference in the game,” said head coach Christy Malone. “We fought back, putting heart into this game and left it all on the field. It was a hard fought win and well deserved”
Hastrich along with junior Christine Hanley led the Brown and White for the third consecutive game. Hanley netted four goals of her own and passed out an assist. Sophomore Samantha Cavallaro scored two goals and classmate Danielle Drabin added one of her own as well as an assist. Senior Tori Waheibi picked up the win tallying 12 saves.
Despite being out-shot 34-30, Hastrich’s goal at the 1:34 mark in the second half secured the Bonnies second victory of the season as they improve to 2-4. Connecticut picks up its second loss and moves to 6-2 on the season
The Huskies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, grabbing each goal within two minutes in the second half. Hanley netted two goals to put St. Bonaventure on the board 4-2 at 24:49 in the first.
The teams traded goals through the remainder of the frame with UConn holding a 7-5 edge heading into the break.
St. Bonaventure scored back-to-back goals to open the half. Hanley helped Hastrich out who shot it past Husky goalie Jenna Moulton and less than a minute later, Drabin passed to Cavallaro to even the score 7-all.
Throught out the second half, the Brown and White never let UConn hold more than a one goal advantage and tied the score three more times before Hastrich’s goal sealed the win.
"We came out with a lot of intensity in the second half and never let up," said assistant coach Marcus Nelson. "I think Tori (Waheibi) had a tremendous game and showed great leadership with her gameplay."
Lauren Sparks lead the way for the Huskies scoring four goals while goalie Moulton picked up eight saves in the loss.
St. Bonaventure hosts its first home game on Sunday against New York state rival Siena. Game time at McGraw-Jennings Field is set for 1 p.m.