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Bonnies down Big 4 rival Niagara, 17-9

Bonnies down Big 4 rival Niagara, 17-9


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.  – St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse team held the Purple Eagles to just two second half goals as the Bonnies defeated Big 4 rival Niagara, 17-9, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Niagara Field.

The Bonnies are currently on a three-game winning streak and improve to 7-5 on the season while Niagara falls to 1-5 overall.

Senior Molly Hastrich paced the Bonnies, tallying six goals and one assist going 3-for-4 on free position shots while junior Christine Hanley and sophomore Danielle Drabin added four goals each.  Hanley also added two assists. 

Sophomore Samantha Cavallaro and the freshman duo of Kellyn Savage and Tiffany Raskopf added to the Bonnies’ goal total with one apiece.  

The Brown and White held a margin in every statistical category going 38-to-20 in shots and holding a 17-12 advantage in ground balls and 18-10 on draw controls.

The home team took a 4-2 advantage by 19:59, but Hanley’s back-to-back goals brought the teams even, 4-4, at the 15:19 mark.  The teams traded short runs, tying the game two more times before the half with the final tie, 7-7, coming with less than seven minutes remaining in the first.

St. Bonaventure held a slight 9-7 lead at the half thanks to Hastrich’s first free-position shot of the day and Hanley’s unassisted goal.  The duo started an 8-1 run that lasted through the 13 minute mark of the second half, giving the Bonnies a 15-8 lead. 

Hastrich netted the first goal of the second frame before Niagara’s Rianne Farrugia scored to make it 10-8. The Bonnies then took control of the game, scoring five goals of their own and holding the Purple Eagles scoreless for more than 19 minutes.

Drabin scored three of her goals in the final 15 minutes of the second half including back-to-back goals at 14:46 and 13:13 in the second frame.  Hanley scored her fourth goal of the game with 13 seconds remaining to give the Bonnies their second-best win margin of the season.

Senior Tori Waheibi picked up eight saves in the win bringing her career total to 249, good for third in the program record book.

The Bonnies return home to host their first Atlantic 10 game of the season when the Temple Owls visit McGraw-Jennings Field on Friday.  Game time is set for 3 p.m.