April 5, 2009
ALFRED, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team scored nine first half goals on its way to a 15-10 Atlantic 10 victory over La Salle on Sunday afternoon at Merrill Field.
The win puts an end to the Brown and White's four-game losing streak and improves their overall record to 5-7 on the season and 1-3 in A-10 play. La Salle, on the other hand, has now dropped two straight A-10 contests to fall to 1-3 in league play and 4-7 overall.
Leading the way for the St. Bonaventure on the offensive end was sophomore Christine Hanley, who scored a team-high four goals. Junior Molly Hastrich and freshman Emily Kane enjoyed solid games of their own, netting three goals apiece in the victory.
Getting the start in-between the pipes for the Brown and White was junior Tori Waheibi. Wahiebi played the entire game allowing all 10 goals while making seven saves in the contest to earn the win.
The game site change to Merrill Field, which was made due to unplayable field conditions at St. Bonaventure's McGraw Jennings Field, did not seem to bother the Brown and White one bit. The Bonnies offense started to click as soon as the game began, as they scored six of the first seven goals of the game. Hanley would cap the Bonnies scoring run by converting the team's only free-position shot of the game to make the score 6-1 with 11:13 to go in the first half.
The rest of the first half would be a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams' trade goals over the next 10 minutes of the half. Freshman Danielle Drabin would fire home a shot with just 1:16 left in the first half to make the score 9-3 St. Bonaventure going into intermission.
La Salle would try to turn things around to start the second half. The Explorers scored four out of the first five goals of the half. A goal by sophomore Lauren Bushby, her first goal of the season, would pull La Salle to within four, at 11-7, with 14:18 remaining in the second stanza.
The Brown and White would answer with back-to-back goals of their own to keep the lead at 13-7 with 11:07 to go in the game.
After back-to-back goals by the Explorers cut the Bonnies lead down to four again, Drabin would put the game away with her second goal of the game to make the score 14-9, with only 2:15 left in regulation.
Junior Stefany McKee led La Salle with four goals in the loss. Bushby and freshman Nora McGurkin were the only other Explorers to score multiple goals in the game, with two apiece.
Sophomore Mara Schnellenbach started in net for La Salle and let up 10 goals in 41:25 of action to take the loss.
St. Bonaventure will be back in action on Tuesday, April 7, as they take on Fresno State. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be played at McGraw Jennings Field.