ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Niagara exploded out of the gate, scoring three goals in the first two minutes and never looked back, cruising to a 16-6 win over St. Bonaventure Thursday night at the Marra Athletics Complex.
In a game that was moved back due to snow, Niagara showed no ill effects from the delay taking an 11-2 lead into the break. The Purple Eagles added five second-half goals to round out the scoring.
The Bonnies got on the board in the first-half when Rylee Arnold took a feed from Ashley Easterday and beat the Niagara keeper. after another purple Eagle goal, Easterday would again assist on a goal, feeding Kristine Wallace who found the back of the net first her first goal of 2018.
That would be all the St. Bonaventure offense could manage, however trailing at halftime, 11-2.
Niagara would again start fast in the second half, goals from Alyssa Sproule and Caroline Crump put the Niagara up 13-2.
St. Bonaventure received second-half goals from Arnold, Easterday and Kathryn Yoder, but that wouldn't be enough as Niagara improved to 2-0 with the win while the Bonnies drop to 0-3.
Offensively, St. Bonaventure received another strong game from Rylee Arnold. The junior scored three goals and added an assist in the loss. Arnold now owns the team lead in goals with 5 for the season.
Kathryn Yoder and Kristine Wallace both found the back of the net for the first time in 2018 as Wallace scored at the 13:04 mark in the 1st half, and Yoder found the back of the net at the 13:40 mark of the 2nd.
Savannah Clark would get the nod in net for the Bonnies playing the entire first half. The Freshman would be tested facing 17 shots, making 6 saves. Senior Morgan Conroy would relieve Clark at the start of the second half. Conroy faced 8 shots and made 3 saves. Clark would be charged with the loss dropping her record to 0-1.
Niagara was led by Caroline Crump who scored a game-high 4 goals to pace the Purple Eagle offense. Shea Swartwout and Rachel MacCheyne both scored three times and Samantha Brill chipped in with 2 goals.
Aubrey DeVeau picked up the win in net for Niagara playing the first 28 min. The sophomore faced 11 shots and made 8 saves.
St. Bonaventure will head west for their next two games. They will play at Fresno State on the Feb. 27 and at San Diego State March 2nd.
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