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Davidson Tallies Five Points In Loss To Gardner Webb

Davidson Tallies Five Points In Loss To Gardner Webb

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Thursday evening, falling to the Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs, 17-9. 

The Bonnies were led offensively by Julia Davidson who registered her first hat trick of the season, and third of her career, with three goals. She also tallied two assists for an impressive five-point day and a new career-high.

"We came out strong, showed some good spurts but unfortunately, we weren't able to sustain it throughout the game," St. Bonaventure head coach Jason Levesque said. "There are lessons to be learned from today for sure. We'll regroup and get back on track tomorrow."

SBU (4-1) got off to a fast start in the game. The Bonnies started off on a 3-0 run behind goals from Davidson, Rebecca Howe and Stevie Siluano.

But the Running Bulldogs (4-3) quickly fired back with a 7-0 run of their own to race ahead. It was a lead the hosts would never surrender.

Savannah Clarke started and made four saves over 20 minutes. Ashley Herrick gave the Bonnies a jolt off the bench, making eight saves and kept the Bonnies within three heading into halftime, 8-5.

It was a back-and-forth affair for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Davidson had two quick goals, one from the free position and the other off a feed from Annie Dombrowski, and the game sat 10-7 with 21:30 left to go. 

From there, Gardner-Webb completely took over. The Running Bulldogs closed on a 7-2 run, the pair of Bona goals coming late off the sticks of Caroline Yoder and Nora Anderson.

For Yoder, it was her third score in the past two games following her two-goal performance in the win at Wofford on Tuesday. For Anderson, the goal kept her streak of having at least two points in every game alive. She also tallied an assist on Yoder's goal. 

Turnovers and draw controls were the story for St. Bonaventure. 

SBU had 24 turnovers to 18 committed by the hosts. Gardner-Webb also held a 19-9 advantage at the draw, which helped lead to a 43-21 advantage in shots. 

The Bonnies have another quick turnaround as they travel to Akron on Saturday with a matchup against the Zips. In their first year as a program, it will be Akron's second-ever home game. 

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