PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A slow start cost St. Bonaventure Thursday afternoon as the Bonnies' women's lacrosse team fell at Duquesne, 24-14, in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.
The Dukes jumped out to an early lead of 6-1 and extended that to 10-2 by the midway point of the first half. St. Bonaventure rallied, however, and pulled within 11-7 late in the opening half as Abby Lagoner tallied a pair of goals along with goals from Ashley Easterday, Rylee Arnold and Olivia MacDonald.
Duquesne led 12-7 at halftime and threatened to pull away, scoring five of the first seven goals of the second half to open a 17-9 lead by the 20:54 mark. Again, the Bonnies responded, scoring five of the game's next six goals to pull back to a four-score margin, 18-14, with 15:05 left on the clock. Easterday rang up two goals in the Bonnies' run.
The Dukes, however, scored four times in the next seven minutes to seal the win.
Easterday, Arnold, Lagoner and MacDonald all scored three goals for St. Bonaventure. Julia Davidson and Gabrielle Bradley both scored once, and Bradley handed out three assists.
Savannah Clarke played the final 45 minutes of the day in relief of starter Morgan Conroy. Clarke finished with nine saves.
Duquesne out-shot the Bonnies 39-29 and had a 23-17 edge in draw controls.
The Bonnies fell to 0-9 (0-1 A-10) while Duquesne improved to 3-5 (1-0).
St. Bonaventure returns home to host George Washington at the Marra Athletics Complex this Saturday, March 31, at noon.
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