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Easterday's Game-Winner Gives Bonnies 11-10 Win At Bucknell

Easterday's Game-Winner Gives Bonnies 11-10 Win At Bucknell

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Ashley Easterday's overtime goal sent the St. Bonaventure University women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon.

Easterday's second goal of the game just a minute and a half into overtime gave the Bonnies their first win of the 2021 season.

With the game tied 9-9, freshman Maddie Mazur slotted home her second goal of the game to put the Bonnies ahead, 10-9, with 1:41 left on the clock.

Bucknell would not go away easily as with 14 second remaining in the game following a timeout, the Bison netted the equalizer.

Mazur's shot as the clock wound down sailed wide and the game headed to overtime.

Mazur got the scoring going for the Bonnies in second half with a goal just four minutes into the half.

The Bison responded with a pair goals to tie the game, 6-6, with just over 25 minutes to play.

Easterday seized an opportunity and finished her first goal of the contest, giving the Bonnies back the lead, 7-6.

The Bonnies (1-2) added another goal by way of Courtney Fox who scored one of her team-high four goals with 18:37 on the clock to take a two-goal advantage, 8-6.

Bucknell (0-1) was able to pull one back to make the score 8-7 but Bona freshman Abby Hiltz tallied an insurance goal to put the Bonnies up two with six minutes to play.

Johnson put the Bonnies on the board first just under 10 minutes into the contest.

Bucknell, however, answered with four unanswered goals from Emma Cashwell, Kali Peeples and two from Caroline Walsh.

Fox was able to stop the bleeding with her first goal of the day with 3:15 remaining in the first half, cutting the Bona deficit in half, 4-2.

With 1:25 to play in the first period, Johnson scored her second goal of the game to bring the Bonnies within one.

In the final minute of the first half, Fox netted goals two and three of the day, giving the Bonnies a 5-4 leading at halftime.

Fox led the way with four points for the Bonnies while Johnson (two goals), Mazur (two goals), Easterday (two goals) and Nora Anderson (two assists) each had two points for the Brown and White. Abby Hiltz added a goal and Jerica Obee registered an assist for Bona Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Herrick got the start in net for the Bonnies, making 13 saves.

"So extremely proud of our group," head coach Jason Levesque said. "They showed a great deal of character and resiliency today.  When they (Bucknell) went on their early run, the game could have gotten away from us as it has in the past.  Full credit to the ladies for digging deep and battling back.  We knew it wasn't going to be easy, and we were fortunate to have players step up throughout the lineup.  Our staff is really proud of today's effort, a well-earned team win."

The Bonnies are back in action Saturday, March 20 when they make their 2021 home debut against Akron. That game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.

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