ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – The St. Bonaventure Women's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought game to VCU by a score of 13-8. A back and forth contest for most of the game, VCU outscored the Bonnies four to one over the final 13 minutes to secure the victory.
A game that was played a day early because of weather concerns was tight the entire way. VCU would jump out to an early 2-0 lead as Clare Murphy and Sofia Emond would each net goals less than 30 seconds apart for VCU.
The two teams would trade goals over the final 14 minutes of the first half which ended with VCU holding a 6-5 lead over St. Bonaventure.
The second half started much like the first with the Rams starting off strong. VCU received goals from Blaire Langfelder, Sky Hyatt and Caroline Green to push ahead 9-5 four minutes into the half.
With the Rams on a role, St. Bonaventure coach Chelsea Rosiek called a time out to stop the run. Her team would respond… Rylee Arnold the team leader in goals went on a quick two goal run to bring the Bonnies back within two goals. Her goals came at the 22:57 and 14:20 marks in the second half.
Unfortunately for St. Bonaventure, VCU would outscore the Bonnies 4-1 over the final 14 minutes to secure the 13-8 victory.
St. Bonaventure's second half struggles continued as the offense was only able to score three goals over the final 30 minutes of play. After this afternoon's game, the Bonnies are being outscored 81-32 in the second half of its games.
On the defensive side, St. Bonaventure allowed the Rams to take 34 shots, 32 of those shots were on goal. The Bonnies would take 28 shots with 21 of those being on target.
In net, Morgan Conroy took the loss facing 29 shots, making 18 saves which ties a season high. She also stopped 18 vs. Siena. The senior would play all but three minutes of the game. Conroy left midway through the second half to get her ankle taped before returning to the cage.
Offensively St. Bonaventure was led by Rylee Arnold who scored four goals to pace the offense. Easterday, Bradley, O'Gorman and Johnson would all account for one goal complete the scoring.
With the win, VCU Improves to 4-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play. St. Bonavenutre saw its record drop to 0-12 and 0-4 vs. conference opponents.
Next Up St. Bonaventure will take a trip to the city of brotherly love next weekend for a pair of games against Saint Joseph's and La Salle.
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