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Bonnies Travel To Niagara For First Road Test

Bonnies Travel To Niagara For First Road Test

Wednesday's game has been postponed to Friday at noon due to inclement weather. 

Wednesday. Feb. 13 — 2:30 p.m.
Lewiston, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team faces its' first road test of 2019 on Wednesday as they head to Lewiston, N.Y. to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles. 

After opening their season at home, the Bonnies won't return to the Marra Athletics Complex until March 16. Their Feb. 13 matchup vs. Niagara starts a five-game road stretch that includes games at Butler and Kent State and a two-game stint in Georgia against Mercer and Kennesaw State. 

Senior attack Rylee Arnold continues to make an impact in the Bonnies' record book. With her 51st career goal on Sunday, she's now one off 18th place all-time in scoring in program history. Currently, Cara Callahan, Tracy Domm and Keri Vito sit in a three-way tie for 18th with 52. 

The Bonnies return all four of their top goal scorers from last season, led by senior Rylee Arnold who anchored the offense with 26 goals despite missing the final three games of the season. In addition to Arnold, a pair of impressive freshmen from last season, Ashley Easterday and Julia Davidson, return with an extra year of experience after scoring 20 and 11 goals respectively, during their debut seasons. 

After graduating senior goalkeeper Morgan Conroy, who finished second all-time with 630 career saves and a .464 save percentage, the Bonnies will turn to sophomore Savannah Clarke to anchor the defensive unit. Clarke played 217 minutes last season, starting one game and had a save percentage of .398. In the season opener against Lafayette, Clarke made 10 saves while facing 32 shots.  Freshman Hayley McIntrye also joins the fray. The Whitby, Ontario native posted a 6.33 GAA over her final two high school seasons. 

The Bonnies and Purple Eagles have met 17 times since 2001 with St. Bonaventure commanding the series 11-6 overall and outscoring the Purple Eagles 231-172. However, over the last six seasons, Niagara has turned the series on its' head winning six straight and outscoring the Bonnies 91-49. Last season at St. Bonaventure, Niagara won 16-6. 

The Purple Eagles, playing their season opener, are coming off an 8-10 season that saw them finish 5-3 in the MAAC conference. This season, they return all five of their top scorers from 2018, including senior Rachel MacCheyne who led the team with 56 goals, 19 assists and 108 draw controls. Alongside MacCheyene, senior Caroline Crump returns after scoring 47 goals last season. In the cage, junior Aubrey DeVeau will anchor the defensive after posting a 13.67 GAA and .432 save percentage in 2018.


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