April 7, 2009
ALFRED, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team scored 14 first half goals on its way to an easy 17-4 victory over Fresno State on Tuesday afternoon at Merrill Field.
The win is the Bonnies second in a row, as they improve to 6-7 on the season. Fresno State, who continues its inaugural season in Division I, falls to 0-10 on the season with the loss.
Leading the way for the St. Bonaventure on the offensive end was junior Molly Hastrich, who tallied seven points on a team-high five goals and two assists. Sophomore Christine Hanley, senior Keri Vito and freshman Samantha Cavallaro 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 26:28 for the game, allowing two goals while making two saves in the contest to earn the win. Freshman Victoria Morgan played the remaining 33:32 of the game, also allowing two goals while making two saves during her time in net.
The Bonnies out-shot the Bulldogs 35-14 and forced Fresno State into 19 turnovers, while committing just 12 of their own.
The game site change to Merrill Field, which was made due to unplayable field conditions at St. Bonaventure's McGraw Jennings Field, once again seemed to work in the Brown and White's favor. The Bonnies beat A-10 foe La Salle on Merrill Field on April 5, and made their record a perfect 2-for-2 in Alfred with their win over Fresno State.
Things did not start out well for the Bonnies as Bulldogs graduate student Molly Sovacool put Fresno State on the board first as she fired a shot over the shoulder of Wahiebi to make the score 1-0 just 55 seconds into the game.
St. Bonaventure would respond with two straight tallies, one from Hanley and one from Vito, to put the Brown and White up 2-1 with 25:33 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs would keeps things interesting when sophomore Emily Erwin raced down the middle of the field after corralling a draw control and slipped a shot past Wahieibi to make the score 2-2, with 25:21 to go in the first.
The Brown and White would take over from that point on, scoring 12 straight goals going into intermission. Hastrich scored three goals during the stretch, including the Bonnies final tally of the half, with no time left on the clock, to give St. Bonaventure a 14-2 lead at the end of the stanza.
The Bonnies slowed things down considerably in the second half, out-scoring the Bulldogs by a 3-2 margin in the stanza, as they tried to slow down the tempo of the game and preserve the win.
Sovacool led the Bulldogs with two goals in the loss. Erwin and freshman sophomore Heather Jack scored the other two goals for Fresno State in the game.
Junior Diana Aguilar got the start between the pipes for Fresno State, and allowed 11 goals in 43:59 of action to take the loss.
St. Bonaventure's three-game home stand came to an end after its win today. The Bonnies will be back in action on Friday, April 10, as they hit the road to take on Siena for a 3:00 pm game time.