LEWISTON, N.Y. — The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team fell, 17-2, on the road against the Niagara Purple Eagles Friday afternoon.
Originally scheduled for Wednesday, but postponed to Friday. due inclement weather in the area, the game started rough for the Bonnies and they were unable to recover.
Unlike Sunday's season-opening contest against Lafayette that saw St. Bonaventure jump out to a 1-0 lead within the first minute of action, Niagara kicked off the scoring three minutes into the contest when senior Rachel MacCheyne netted her first of the season.
She led all Purple Eagles with five goals while fellow senior Caroline Crump added three of her own, and helped lead Niagara to an 11-0 halftime lead.
The Bonnies came out strong in the second half. After holding Niagara scoreless for seven minutes, sophomore Ashley Easterday found the back of the net for her first goal of the season— and impressive 21st of her young career — to make it 11-1.
However, a 3-0 Niagara run over the next 13 minutes quelled any potential Bonnies rally.
St. Bonaventure was able to get on the board one more time before the clock ticked down. With 10:24 left, senior Olivia MacDonald scored her first of the season and the 24th of her career.
Defensively, Bonnies goalie Savannah Clarke made eight saves while facing 33 total shots. Kathryn Yoder and Savannah Gonsiorek each forced one turnover while Yoder and Sarah Sinsebox tied for the team lead in ground balls with three.
The Bonnies take a long break before returning to action March 1 when they travel to Indianapolis to take on Butler.
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