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.
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.