The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team begins its 2019 season Feb. 10. Leading up to the season, GoBonnies.com will preview the team by position. In this edition, the Bonnies defensive unit is featured.
1 Savannah Gonsiorek - Sophomore (Hamburg, N.Y.)
3 Jessica Losquadro - Sophomore (Bethpage, N.Y.)
8 Jessica Lowell - Freshman (Poughquag, N.Y.)
16 Shannon Curry - Sophomore (Montgomery, N.J.)
17 Erin Keller - Freshman (Charlottesville, Va.)
18 Aniesah Miller - Senior (Buffalo, N.Y.)
19 Kathryn Yoder - Senior (Amherst, N.Y.)
31 Madison Callan - Freshman (Manorville, N.Y.)
32 Siena DeAngelo - Freshman (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
After losing four of the five defenders from last year due to graduation, the Bonnies back line has a new look heading into the 2019 season.
But one constant remains, senior Kathryn Yoder. The Amherst, N.Y. native, and one of the team's two captains returns after anchoring the defense last year. She started all 17 games and was named to the Atlantic All-Conference Second-Team Defensive squad.
"This season, Kathryn is vying to be one of the best defenders in the Atlantic 10," St. Bonaventure head coach Chelsea Rosiek said, "Her experience is second to none."
Another leader of the unit will be Savannah Gonsiorek, who in her freshman campaign, grabbed 14 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers over the course of 15 games and three starts.
"Savannah is a ground ball queen," Rosiek said. "She played a ton last year, and I'm excited to her get on the field more."
A player expected to take a big step forward is Jessica Losquadro. The sophomore started 15 games last season, collecting 18 ground balls and causing eight turnovers.
"Jess was phenomenal as a freshman last year, but flew under the radar and didn't get the attention she deserved," Rosiek said. "This season, she's definitely someone to look out for."
DeAngelo was voted to the WPIAL 2A All-Section Team and grabbed 102 ground balls and caused 36 turnovers her junior year, and Callan's team won the Lacrosse County Championship in 2017 while also suiting up for the field hockey team.
The other two newcomers, Erin Keller, a first team all-district player in high school who was also an accomplished swimmer as a member on the 5A state championship team, and Jessica Lowell, who helped her team to a 23-12 record over her final two seasons, are expected to see valuable minutes throughout the campaign.
"I'm excited to see them all fulfill a role on defense and live up to their potential coming into college," Rosiek said.
After graduating Morgan Conroy, who over her career started 44 games, made 630 saves, held a 46 percent save percentage and was drafted by the Long Island Sound of the United Women's Lacrosse League, the Bonnies are looking to a new anchor in the cage. The responsibility falls on sophomore Savannah Clarke.
Clarke, from Mechanicsville, Va., saw action in seven games last season, starting one and made 41 saves over 217 minutes the primary backup to Conroy.
"She got a lot of experience last year coming off the bench, and I think she's ready to take over the starting role," Rosiek said. "She received great guidance from Morgan and saw how to lead and perform at the Division I level."
Backing up Clake is freshman Hayley McIntyre, an Ontario, Canada native who posted an impressive 6.33 GAA over her final two high school seasons.
"She's an incredible athlete," Rosiek said. "It will be great to have two dynamic goalkeepers who feature different styles."
St. Bonaventure opens its 2019 season Feb. 10 at home against Lafayette.