Three Keys To The Game
- Senior Rylee Arnold came through with her fifth hat trick of the season
- Senior Olivia MacDonald produced her second multi-goal game of 2019.
- Kyra O'Gorman kept her goal streak going, scoring in her third straight game.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The St. Bonaventure Bonnies stayed close with Atlantic 10 foe La Salle for most of the game, but a late Explorers run propelled the visitors to a 14-8 win.
It was a defensive-minded first half of action. The games' first goal didn't come until the 21:50 mark off the stick of La Salle's Isabel Caddick.
The Explorers struck again two minutes later when Bridget Ruksy extended it to 2-0.
St. Bonaventure got on the board with 17:11 remaining in the first as Ashley Easterday netted her 14th of the season to cut the deficit to one. Despite the Bonnies' momentum, La Salle struck again with a 2-1 scoring run to extend their lead to 4-1.
But the Bonnies wouldn't go away.
MacDonald's goal came on the man-up with 30 seconds left in the first. She rifled past the goalkeeper's ankles and bounced it in for her seventh of the season and first of two on the day.
At the half, the Bonnies were down just 5-4, their closest halftime deficit so far in A-10 play.
Three minutes into the second half, the Bonnies evened up the scored 6-6.
Rylee Arnold netted her first of three on the day and MacDonald her second, both unassisted.
That's when La Salle's fourth-ranked defense in the A-10 showed how talented they could be. They clamped down, not allowing the Bonnies to score over the next 16 minutes.
Over that span, La Salle went on a 5-0 run to open things up to an 11-6 lead. The Bonnies had their chances, including a two man-up opportunity for 90 seconds, but failed to convert.
Arnold scored two more times down the stretch, but the Bonnies could never get closer than six as La Salle finished with a 9-2 run over the final 26 minutes of the game.
St. Bonaventure held strong in the draw control circle, only being outdrawn 14-10, and were only outshot 29-25, but were called for 21 fouls to give the Explores some good looks down the stretch.
The Bonnies stay home this weekend and host A-10 leading UMass on Sunday at noon.
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