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@BonniesLax Tops St. Joseph’s, 15-10, For Emotional Senior Day Win

@BonniesLax Tops St. Joseph’s, 15-10, For Emotional Senior Day Win

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Kaitlin Jennings and LeighAnn Stauffer each had five points to lead St. Bonaventure to its first Atlantic 10 win of the year, a 15-10 decision over Saint Joseph's on Sunday at the Marra Complex.

On Senior Day, the Bonnies' two seniors, Jennings and defender Colleen Guilfoyle, sparked the win. Guilfoyle, playing a day after the passing of her father, David, helped the Bonnies to their fewest goals allowed in an A-10 game this season.

The Bonnies led 4-3 after a defensive-oriented opening 30 minutes, but St. Bonaventure quickly seized control in the opening minutes of the second half. Stauffer gave the Bonnies some breathing room with back-to-back goals, then Gabrielle Bradley scored on a free position shot at the 26:43 mark to make it 7-3. After a Hawks goal, Jennings and Mikayla Place scored to push the Bona lead to 9-4 with 23:14 remaining.

Saint Joseph's scored a pair of goals to cut the lead to 9-6, and the teams then traded four goals to make it 11-8 with 13:51 left.

Place scored with 13:00 left in regulation, then Stauffer beat Hawk goalie Genevieve Giblin to push the lead to 13-8. Place's scored off a feed from Gabrielle Bradley at 10:39 to push the lead to six at 14-8. Jennings, perhaps fittingly, capped the Bona scoring at 2:26.

The win snapped a 27-game Atlantic 10 losing streak for the Bonnies dating to the 2011 season. St. Bonaventure's last A-10 win came on April 15, 2011, over La Salle.

Stauffer finished with five goals, tying her season high. Jennings and Place both tallied three goals. Erica Knaub scored twice and Mary Maestri and Bradley had one goal each.

St. Bonaventure freshman goalie Morgan Conroy made 11 saves for her second win.

St. Bonaventure improved to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10. Saint Joseph's dropped to 5-8 overall and 0-5 in the A-10.

The Bonnies will go on the road for their final three games of the regular season beginning next Friday. April 17, at George Mason.