Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature women's lacrosse senior Ashley Easterday.
A four-year member of the program, she has played in 40 career games thus far including 37 starts. She has been a key player for the Bonnies in each of her previous three seasons, netting 46 goals along with 23 assists. In last spring's shortened season of just seven games, she scored seven times with eight assists for a total of 15 points, adding 11 groundballs and 24 draw controls, most on the team. Four of her goals came in a career effort during a victory at Hartford as she powered the Bonnies with six points on the day.
How have you adapted to the changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols?
Adapting to the new changes on campus hasn't been too bad. I can still sit with my teammates in the RC between classes, but it just looks a little different. The mask mandate is not the most fun safety protocol that was put in place, but it keeps us safe and helps us stay in person and on campus. I think they have made me feel better about being on campus and being with other people.
What did you do over the spring and summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall?
Over the remainder of the spring and over the summer it was tough to find a way to practice and stay in shape. When I got home, my family helped with clearing out a space in our garage for us to use as a mini gym. We already had some dumbbells and resistance bands that I could take advantage of while the gyms were closed. Once it got nicer out, my dad and I went to the park near my house with a bucket of balls and found a net that we could shoot on. It was difficult to find places to exercise because the state parks were closed for a long time. When they opened, we had the opportunity to take advantage of the nice weather and the fields.
What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies or interests?
One good thing that came out of the spring shutdown was that I had the opportunity to spend more time with my family than I usually would. We started playing a lot of yard games like cornhole and Kan Jam in our back yard. I started to pick up surfing this summer since I could not start working right away. I started learning, but I still need a lot of practice.
What messages or advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
Our coaches gave uplifting emails during the shutdown talking about how we will soon be back together on campus and to keep reaching out to one another to check up. He really drove home the fact that if we do the right thing now, then we will be able to play again come the spring.
Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices any differently since the COVID shutdown?
The fall is important for us because it is when we start building chemistry with our teammates, especially the freshmen. Getting to know them before we start competitions in the spring can help the team perform better as a whole. I do look at the practices and workouts with my teammates differently because the shutdown shows how quickly we can lose such an important season. We were on track to having a great season (last spring) and seeing that taken away was heartbreaking. I am very excited to start back up again and be with the team.
What is your favorite class ever at Bonaventure and why?
My favorite class that I took on campus was my first semester freshman year. I was in a class called Individual and Dual Sports. We learned the rules and played badminton, pickleball, and tennis. Before this time, I would have never played these sports or even learned the rules. I like the class because it was not a lecture class, we participated in the sports which got us active during class time.
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