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Women's Lacrosse Improves To 3-0 With Convincing Triumph Over Kent State, 15-7

Ashley Easterday attacks the net in the Bonnies 15-7 win over Kent State (Photo: Craig Melvin)
Ashley Easterday attacks the net in the Bonnies 15-7 win over Kent State (Photo: Craig Melvin)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Five different Bonnies scored multiple goals to help the St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team to a 15-7 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes in the team's home opener Friday afternoon at a cold Marra Athletics Complex.

The win moved the Bonnies to 3-0 on the season, the best start for the program since the 2013 season. It also cemented newly-named St. Bonaventure head coach Jason Levesque as the only coach in program history to begin his tenure 3-0. 

"We had some good balance in different areas this afternoon which was nice to see," Levesque said. "We faced some adversity with the early card, but weathered the storm and capitalized on consecutive opportunities to put together a couple of multiple goal runs.  We need to be a little more consistent and improve in some areas, but I'm really proud of the ways the team competed overall."

Kent State (0-3) gained an early 1-0 advantage out of the gate, scoring 95 seconds into the game, but the Bonnies bounced back quickly via an unassisted goal from freshman Courtney Fox

It was the first of her career and the first of three on the day for Fox, who earned her first career hat trick. 

Destinee Johnson, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, and Ashley Easterday followed up Fox's goal with a pair of their own to give the Bonnies a 3-1 lead with 18:47 to play in the first half. The Bonnies would never trail again.

The two teams traded goals over the next 11 minutes. Easterday netted her second and freshman Sarah Owens scored the second goal of her career and the first of two on the day. 

From there, the Bonnies opened up 10-4 scoring run and never looked back.

Before halftime, Nora Anderson, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, converted on a free position shot, and Kayla Radzyminski, off the feed from Caroline Yoder, scored her first of the year to give the Bonnies a 7-3 lead heading into the break. 

In the second half, it was more of the same for the Bonnies. Courtney Fox added two more, both from the free position. Julia Davidson converted one free position attempt and got another off a pass from Nora Anderson

Owens netted her second off a feed from Davidson, and Teri Manzelli and Madison Mundenar each added their names to the box score late off of assists from Stevie Siluano and Anderson, respectively. 

The biggest statistical standout of the day came from Easterday, who corralled 10 draw controls, the second-most in a single-game by a Bonnies player over the past six seasons. Her total was only surpassed last season by Becca Howe, who had 11 draw controls against Kennesaw State. 

Defensively, Siluano finished with a team-leading three caused turnovers and tied for the team lead with three groundballs. 

In net, Savannah Clarke registered eight saves on 15 shots faced and moved to 2-0 on the season. 

The Bonnies shot the ball with impressive accuracy. Of their 37 shots, 32 were on net and they outshot the Golden Flashes, 37-24. They were also 4-for-7 from the free position. 

Next up, the Bonnies head to Buffalo next Friday for a matchup with Little Three rival Canisius.