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Bonnies Start Conference Play By Hosting Hawks

Bonnies Start Conference Play By Hosting Hawks

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. Saint Joseph's
Thursday, March 21 — 6:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex
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After Tuesday's defeat at the hands of Robert Morris, the Bonnies have a quick turnaround with the Saint Joseph's Hawks paying a visit to the Marra Athletics Complex Thursday afternoon.

Thursday's game was initially scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m., but was moved up one day due to impending inclement weather.

The Bonnies played host to the Siena Saints for their final non-conference matchup of the season on Tuesday. The Saints took control of the game early, getting out to a quick 4-0 lead, and never looked on their way to an 18-6 win.

Junior Destinee Johnson has been on fire since the start of spring break. Over her last six games dating back to March 1, she's amassed 26 points, the most over a six-game stretch since Jenna Schlagenhauf scored 26 to start the season in 2013.

After their four games in a 10-days stretch on their spring break trip, the Bonnies won't get much a rest now that they've returned home. They have three games over the next seven days that culminates in their first Atlantic 10 game March 21.

Freshman defender Erin Keller earned her first collegiate start Tuesday against Siena, which marked the fifth freshman who has earned a start at some point this season joining Kayla Radzyminski, Madison Mundenar, Rebecca Howe, and Sarah Sinsebox. Radzyminski leads all freshman with eight starts.

Senior Rylee Arnold scored the 61st, 62nd and 63rd goals of her career Saturday vs Robert Morris, which moved her into 17th place all-time on the Bonnies' career scoring list past Sarah Dressler '06. She added two more on Tuesday against Siena to move to 65, 13 away from the next milestone, Brenna Houghton's '08 (78) in 16th place.

Last season, junior Destinee Johnson finished with five goals and two assists over 10 games. Just eight games into 2019, she has 12 goals and 14 assists and is showing no signs of slowing down. She's recorded multi-point games in each of her last six games and at least three points in five of the last six.

Through non-conference play, five Bonnies rank in the upper echelon in the A-10. Johnson is second in assists and sixth in points, Kathryn Yoder is second in caused turnovers, Arnold is eighth in goals, tenth in points and eighth in draw controls, Rebecca Howe is ninth in draw controls, and Savannah Clarke is third in saves.

Rebecca Howe dominated the draw control circle in the Bonnies March 7 matchup vs. Kennesaw State. The freshman from Laconia, N.H. secured 11 in total, a team-high on the season. In the same game, she notched her first collegiate goal.

Johnson had a historic day in the Bonnies 18-10 win over Kent State March 3, serving up seven assists and connecting on three goals. Her 10 total points tied the Bonnies single-game scoring record, and she became the first to score double-digits in a game since Brenna Houghton in 2008. She was one assist shy of the single-game record, also held by Houghton.

Freshman Kayla Radzyminski has proved a valuable part of the Bonnies midfield over her first seven games. She's tied for fifth on the team in points with four goals and one assist and has only turned the ball over four times.


* The Hawks arrive at St. Bonaventure 4-4 and fresh off a 9-7 win over Delaware on Saturday. But the .500 record is deceiving. Three of their four losses have come against opponents either ranked or receiving votes, a 9-12 loss to #22 Georgetown, a 12-11 loss to #13 Navy and a 17-11 loss to #17 Johns Hopkins.

* Last year, the Hawks finished 12-7 and 7-2 in the conference. For the third straight season, they qualified for the Atlantic 10 tournament semi-final but lost to Richmond, 19-12.

* On offense, they're led by Francesca Donato, who has 16 goals and 17 assists for an A-10 conference leading 33 points. Senior captain Rebecca Lane, who had a team-high 61 points last season and currently has 24 on 18 goals and six assists.

* In net, they feature a duo of Corinne Buttner and Amber Weedon, who have split time almost equally over the first eight games