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Bonnies Can't Overcome Hawks Second Half Surge

Bonnies Can't Overcome Hawks Second Half Surge

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The St. Bonaventure Bonnies women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome an overwhelming second half from the Saint Joseph's Hawks, as the visitors took an 18-4 victory Sunday at the Marra Athletics Complex.

"Tale of two halves today," Bonnies head coach Jason Levesque said. "Credit St. Joe's for coming out flying in the second, they were able to capitalize early and started to pull away. Good teams do that and we saw that first hand today. We competed hard in the first, I was really proud of the first 30 minutes. Unfortunately, we were an entirely different team in the second. For whatever reason, we just didn't have it. We need to figure out how to sustain a higher level of compete and be more efficient with our execution on a much more consistent basis in order to win."

The Bonnies (2-4, 0-2 A-10) kicked off the scoring early courtesy of Courtney Fox who found the back of the net just 90 seconds into the game for her eighth goal of the season.

The Hawks (5-4, 2-0) answered right away with a 4-0 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 4-1 lead.

But the Bonneis were able stay strong on defense throughout the first half and fight back to a a respectable 6-3 halftime deficit spurred by goals from seniors Destinee Johnson and Julia Davidson.

Davidson's tally came on the free position with just eight seconds left in the first half to give SBU some momentum headed into the break.

However, the Hawks seized total control of the game early in the second half.

Saint Joseph's scored 12 straight goals to open up an 18-3 lead. The Bonnies were able to add one more late via a Maddie Mazur goal and send the afternoon contest to an 18-4 final.

In net, Ashley Herrick earned the start and made eight saves — allowing 11 goals on 19 shots — before being spelled at the 38-minute mark for Savannah Clarke who allowed seven goals and made one save over the last 21 minutes.

The strongest position for the Brown and White on the day was in the draw control circle. Rebecca Howe won a game-high five draw controls and helped lead the Bonnies to a 13-11 advantage on the day.

The Hawks were able to control the shot total, 40-16, and were stingier with the ball, only turning it over nine times to the Bonnies 17.

After wrapping up a three-game homestand, SBU heads on the road for a 12:00 p.m. matchup against La Salle on Thursday, April 1 before returning home for an 11:00 a.m. tilt with UMass next Saturday April 3. 

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