AKRON, Ohio — Destinee Johnson led the way with four goals as the St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team defeated Akron, 14-10, Saturday afternoon.
The win moved the Bonnies to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 on their three-game, three-state spring break road trip.
Aside from Johnson, three Bonnies registered multi-goal scoring days — Courtney Fox, Julia Davidson and Teri Manzelli. For the freshman Manzelli, it was the first multi-goal performance of her career.
"I think our compete level was much better today than the last time out," St. Bonaventure head coach Jason Levesque said. "We did a great job in the second half, coming out strong after the break. However, we still need to shore up some things and put together a full sixty minutes, be a little more consistent. Overall though, I'm very proud of today's showing."
It was a closely-contested, back-and forth-first half. Akron (0-6) took advantage of a potentially travel-weary Bonnies team that had played in the Carolinas earlier in the week with an early 2-0 lead. The Bonnies fired right back with pair of goals from Fox and Johnson to even things up at 2-2.
The two teams traded runs for the remainder of the first half, but the Bonnies were able to close out the opening 30 minutes strong with back-to-back goals from Fox and Stevie Siluano over the last 1:47 of the opening frame.
The goal from Siluano came with just eight ticks left on the clock off a great feed from Ashley Easterday and sent the Bonnies into halftime with a 7-5 advantage.
Johnson netted her second hat trick on the season and first since her six-goal game against Central Connecticut State. Anderson, tallied a goal in her sixth straight game to open her collegiate career.
Akron, in its first year as a program, didn't go away easily. The Zips went on a 5-1 run over the next 20 minutes to get within three goals, 13-10. However, with only two minutes to play the comeback ran out of time.
SBU was able to fend off the Zips down the stretch thanks to two late free position goals from Manzelli.
Defensively, the Bonnies had an impressive day, securing 14 caused turnovers, their most in a single game this season. The Bonnies also scooped up 22 ground balls, tied for their second-highest total of the season.
The Bonnies are back in action on March 11, when they travel to Buffalo for a matchup against Little Three rival Canisius.
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