PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A late second half rally pushed La Salle past St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse, 16-9, in the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 opener at McCarthy Stadium on a windy and cold Friday night.
The loss drops the Bonnies below .500 as they move to 4-5 on the season while the Explorers improve to 5-4 on the year.
Junior Christine Hanley led the Brown and White with three goals while senior captain and reigning A-10 Player of the Week Molly Hastrich scored two goals. Hastrich has scored multiple goals in all nine games while Hanley missed just one contest without multiple goals. Sophomores Daisy Timlin, Danielle Drabin and Samantha Cavallaro also added goals.
La Salle held the lead through the entire time as the Bonnies only tied it up at 1-1 on Hanley’s first goal at 27:13 and Hastrich’s first goal, 2-2, with 23:28 left to play in the first. The Explorers then went on a 4-0 run to lead 6-2 at 11:59.
The Bonnies came within two, 7-5 with a minute remaining in the first on Hastrich’s second goal of the game, but that was as close as St. Bonaventure would strike throughout the remainder of the game.
La Salle opened the second half on a 7-1 run to secure its first conference win. The Bonnies scored three unanswered goals to end the half, but it was too late as the Explorers already held a 10-goal lead with less than five minutes to play.
The Explorers were led by senior Jill Davis and reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Lauren McDermott, who scored five goals apiece in the victory.
St. Bonaventure continues conference play as it travels across Philadelphia to Saint Joseph’s to take on the Hawks on Sunday at noon.