ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – 12 different Hawks scored as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad dominated St. Bonaventure, 17-4, in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams at the Marra Athletics Complex on Thursday evening. With their second road win of the season, the Hawks improve to 5-4 overall (1-0 A-10) while the Bonnies fall to 1-8 overall (0-1 A-10).
With the 17-4 result, the Hawks matched their highest goal-scoring total of the season and held their opposition to its lowest goal-scoring total of the season, allowing just four scores in the final 17:42 of regulation.
"Today was a great St. Joe's team win," said head coach Alex Kahoe following the victory. "Defensively, we came out strong from the beginning and held strong throughout the game. We had some great energy coming off the bench to play a full 60 minutes of St. Joe's lacrosse."
Sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly led SJU's offensive efforts with a game-high five points (3g, 2a) while freshman attacker Lauren Figura posted her first collegiate hat trick, which included her first collegiate goal late in the first half. Senior midfielder Hayley Sabol added four points (2g, 2a) while senior attacker Francesca Donato chipped in three (1g, 2a) as 27 total Hawks saw playing time.
Saint Joseph's defensive unit held St. Bonaventure to just 12 shots for the game and just seven on goal; senior Sinead Brierley went for a game- and career-high five ground balls with two caused turnovers while Sabol (4gb) and senior defender Ally Beck (2gb, 2ct) showed veteran leadership on the defensive end of the field.
The Hawks outshot the Bonnies 19-3 in the first half en route to a 9-0 advantage entering the halftime break; Kelly and Figura scored twice each during that run while starting sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Buttner made the only save required of her, on an eight-meter attempt with 2:54 to go in the half.
Saint Joseph's extended its lead to 12-0 on a trio of scores to open the second half from Kelly (29:33), Sabol (26:26), and junior midfielder Penny Green (23:15) before St. Bonaventure scored three of the game's next four to close its deficit to 10, 13-3, by the 8:58 mark; freshman attacker Julia Strobel broke up SBU's scoring run with her first collegiate goal (10:49).
However, Figura completed her first collegiate hat trick on a feed from redshirt freshman attacker Emma Murphy (5:12) and, following SBU's fourth and final goal of the night (3:39), Murphy hit the back of the net unassisted (2:32) to extend SJU's lead, 15-4.
A trio of younger Hawks earned milestones as redshirt freshman attacker Cammi Luidens scored her first collegiate goal (1:29) on freshman attacker Kaela Smith's first collegiate assist (and point) and freshman attacker Lani Mouat scored her first collegiate goal (0:25) to close out the game.
Buttner (2-2) earned the win with three saves vs. two goals allowed in the opening 48:53.
Saint Joseph's remains on the road to face Duquesne (5-1, 0-0 A-10) this Sunday, March 24 at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Opening draw control is set for 1:00 p.m. The Dukes will open conference play at VCU tomorrow evening before hosting the Hawks on Sunday.