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Johnson Nets Six Goals To Cap Perfect Opening Weekend With 10-9 Win at CCSU

Johnson Nets Six Goals To Cap Perfect Opening Weekend With 10-9 Win at CCSU

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Senior Destinee Johnson's six goals led the way as the Bonnies came back from a three-goal second-half deficit to take down the Central Connecticut State Devils, 10-9, to complete a perfect opening weekend.

With the win, the Bonnies open a season at 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

Johnson's six scores gave her a new career-high, topping her five from Friday's game at Hartford as she found the back of the cage 11 times in the two road contests. Over the weekend, she made 55 percent of her shots and put 80 percent on goal. 

Her performance also stands as one of the best by a Bonnies player in recent memory. The six scores from Johnson rank as the most single-game goals by a Bona player since Taylor Fallon in 2017 and just two off the program record of eight set by Tracy Domm vs LeMoyne in 2002 and Katelyn Faas vs Niagara in 2006.

"I'm really proud of the way the team battled back in the second half," Bonnies head coach Jason Levesque said. "They came out strong today but we were able to continue to build some momentum as the game progressed and continued competing.  Really proud of the team digging deep and finding a way to win after playing Friday also." 

The Bonnies kept the momentum going from Friday's season-opening victory by grabbing an early lead just 45 seconds in thanks to Johnson, who converted off a feed from freshman Erika Sherwood. It was the first assist of Sherwood's career.

After a seven-minute scoring drought, the Devils reeled off two quick goals over a 23-second span and opened up a 4-1 run over the next 20 minutes to take a 4-2 lead.

The lone Bonnies goal over that span came from Sherwood, the second of her career, off an assist from Stevie Siluano.

Another goal from Johnson cut the Devils lead to 4-3, but Central Connecticut State would score with seven seconds left in the first half to take a 5-3 lead into the break.

CCSU (0-2) came out of the half and made it a 6-3 game with a quick strike goal 13 seconds in.

From there, the Bonnies went on a 6-1 scoring run over the next 22 minutes to take a lead they'd never relinquish.

Over that stretch, Johnson scored three times, and a trio of freshmen, Sarah Owens, Teri Manzelli and Nora Anderson each found the back of the net once.

For Owens, it was her first collegiate goal. It was Manzelli's second and Anderson's third.

Central Connecticut State bounced back to make it 9-8 with a quick goal just 25 seconds later, but Johnson iced the game at the 4:16 mark with her sixth goal of the game to give Bona a bit of a cushion.

The Devils scored one more time off the free position with still 3:29 to play, but the Bona defense held strong as CCSU could not muster another shot the rest of the way.

Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Herrick earned her first career start, and turned it into her first career win. She stopped eight shots on the day.

Defensively, the Bonnies forced more caused turnovers than their opponent for the second straight game, 6-4. SBU also converted 13 of its 15 clears and put 19 of its 26 shots on goal.

The Bonnies return to action against Kent State next Friday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. with the first home game of the season at the Marra Athletics Complex.


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