MACON, Ga. - Freshman Madison Mundenar led the St. Bonaventure offense with three goals, but defending Southern Conference champion Mercer proved to be too tough of a test, toppling the Bonnies 19-6.
The Bears (1-5) took control of the game right out of the gate. by scoring the first 7 seven goals of the game over the opening 18 minutes Ashley Easterday finally got the Bonnies in the scoring column with 9:00 left in the first.
Easterday's goal, assisted by Destinee Johnson, was her seventh of the season, and for Johnson, it was her 12th assist of the season and continued her assist streak to four straight games.
The tally woke up the Bonnies offense. More specifically, it began what would turn into a career day for freshman Madison Mundenar. The Yardley, Pa. native netted her first collegiate goal with 6:44 in the first off an assist from fellow freshman Sarah Sinsebox. Then, four minutes later, got her second after collecting a feed from Johnson.
Mundenear's two scores, along with a third from Johnson led the Bonnies to a 3-1 scoring run which cut the deficit at the break to 9-4.
But the Bears squashed any potential momentum the Bonnies had coming out of the locker room. They began the second on a 5-0 scoring run to break open the game and take a commanding 14-4 lead.
St. Bonaventure (1-5) finally broke its offensive drought when junior midfielder Andrea Hill notched the first goal of her Bonnies career on a man-up opportunity. The Monroe, N.Y. native tallied 10 goals in her one season at Felican University, but has played a more defensive role in her 12 games at St. Bonaventure.
The Bears went on another 5-0 scoring run following Hill's goal, but before time ticked down in the game, Mundenar found her way into the crease a third time and connected on her third goal of the day.
It's just the sixth hat trick of the season for the Bonnies and the only three goal game for a freshman. Senior Rylee Arnold has two, junior Destinee Johnson has two and sophomore Ashley Easterday has one.
St. Bonaventure cleared the ball well on the afternoon, successfully converting 11 of their 16 tries, but Mercer dominated in every other stat. The Bears held a 49-18 advantage in shots, won 20 of the 27 draw controls and caused 13 Bonnies turnovers.
In net, Savannah Clarke stood up well in the face of Mercer's offensive barrage, making 12 saves.
With spring break officially in the books, St. Bonaventure returns home after going 1-3 on the trip. The Bonnies have a full week off before a home match against Robert Morris awaits on Saturday, March 16. It will be one of the final two tune-ups before conference play starts March 22.
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