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KENNESAW, Ga. – Senior Rylee Arnold scored four goals and the St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team found the back of the net 14 times, but it was not enough to overcome a high-powered attack from Kennesaw State, 21-14, Thursday night.
The Bonnies (1-4) started off strong when Arnold connected on her seventh goal of the season less than four minutes into the game, but the Owls bounced right back with a 4-0 run over the next four minutes to increase their lead to three.
Julia Davidson got St. Bonaventure back on the board four minutes later when she scooped up a ground ball near the crease and beat the Owls keeper for her fourth of the season.
Trailing 5-2 courtesy of another Owls goal, freshman Rebecca Howe got the deficit back down to two with an impressive rebound goal off a Davidson missed shot. The Laconia, N.H. native collected herself in traffic and rifled a shot over the keeper's left shoulder. It was Howe's first career collegiate goal.
But 5-3 was the closest the Bonnies would get. From there, Kennesaw State (2-3) produced an 8-2 scoring run to close out the first half and make it 13-5 at the break.
Like in the first half, St. Bonaventure came out strong in the second when senior defender Kathryn Yoder went coast-to-coast for her first goal of the season.
However, the Owls quickly dashed the Bonnies comeback hopes.
Over the next 15 minutes, Kennesaw State outscored St. Bonaventure 6-2 to extend their lead to 19-8, the highest of the game.
The Bonnies never quit. They answered with a 4-0 scoring run, much to the credit of last game's hero, Destinee Johnson, who scored two goals and handed an assist to freshman Kayla Radzyminski over a three-minute stretch.
With time ticking down, St. Bonaventure was able to add two more goals, one from Arnold, her fourth of the game to give her a second consecutive game with a hat trick, and another from Julia Davidson. Davidson's tally was her second of the game and marked two straight contests with multiple goals for the sophomore.
Overall, the Owls held a 36-27 edge in shots and a narrow 20-17 advantage in draw controls. The Bonnies were also a season-best 3-5 from the free position.
Despite the setback, the Bonnies will have to quickly re-group. They travel to Macon, Ga. to face the Mercer Bears for a 1 p.m. opening draw. The Bears, the defending SoCon champions, are 0-5 on the season and lost a close 10-7 match to Davidson Thursday night.
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