SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Back-to-back goals from Caroline Yoder and 18 saves from Ashley Herrick helped the St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team rally from a late two-goal deficit to overcome Wofford and move to 4-0 on the season.
The 4-0 start is the best start for the program since 2006 and the fourth-best in program history.
4-0 ‼️— Bonnies Women's Lacrosse (@BonniesWLAX) March 3, 2020
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"I'm really proud of the team finding a way to win today," Bonnies head coach Jason Levesque said. "Ashley Herrick made some key saves when we really needed them and others stepped up in different areas of the field and made plays when the team needed them."
Herrick's 18 saves were just four off the program record of 22 set by Morgan Conroy in 2017, and the most by a Bonnies player since Savannah Clarke had 19 last season against UMass.
"We certainly need to be better overall as a group going forward; however I'm very proud of the way the team dug deep and competed down the stretch to get the job done," Levesque said.
A lot of big performances in a big road win!— Bonnies Women's Lacrosse (@BonniesWLAX) March 4, 2020
⚪️ Six different players had at least two points
⚪️ Ashley Herrick's 18 saves are just four off the program record set by Morgan Conroy in 2017!#Unfurl pic.twitter.com/rm3PT3MOQx
Six different Bonnies scored two or more points and nine different Bonnies cracked the scoreboard.
Nora Anderson led the way with three points, two goals and one assist, and five Bonnies, Johnson, Yoder, Davidson, Howe, and Fox, all had two points.
Wofford gained an early 2-0 advantage just two minutes into the game, and got up 3-1 over the first eight minutes. The lone Bonnies goal came from Destinee Johnson, who converted from the free position.
From there, SBU reeled off a 5-0 run to gain a 6-3 lead with eight minutes to go in the first.
Five different Bonnies scored over the run, Siluano, Howe, Davidson, Manzelli and Anderson.
For Siluano and Howe, it was their first goals of the season.
It was a back-and-forth affair for the remained of the first half. Both teams traded goals and went into the break 8-7. The Bonnies scoring off the back of Kayla Radzyminski and Howe.
SBU scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half via Courtney Fox and Anderson to extend the lead to 10-7, but Wofford would bounce right back.
The Terriers went on a 5-0 run over the next eight minutes to grab a 12-10 lead at the 12:19 mark.
But Caroline Yoder had an answer to the run. The freshman reeled off back-to-back goals to level the game at 12-12 with 6:47 left in the first.
It was a smaller part of a larger 4-0 Bonnies run that included a free position goal from Davidson and an acrobatic finish from Johnson with 3:42 left in the game.
St. Bonaventure held a 14-12 lead heading into the final two minutes of play. The Terriers scored once more to make it a goal one game with 1:27 on the clock, but clutch saves from Herrick helped the Bonnies hold onto the win.
The Bonnies cleared the ball at an extremely effective rate, converting 14 of 15 attempts and 14 of their final 14 attempts. It continues a trend of clearing at an impressive rate this season, SBU is 58 of 69, or 84.1 percent. Last season, the Bonnies cleared at a 77.1 percent rate.
They were also efficient in terms of shots and shots on goal, putting 21 of their 26 on net and scoring 14 of their 26 shots.
SBU is back in action Thursday when they heard to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on the Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs in the second leg of their spring break road trip.
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