SATURDAY, MARCH 06, 2010
Women’s lacrosse holds off second-half charge to defeat St. Bonaventure, 14-12
The JU women’s lacrosse team jumped out to an early lead but had to withstand a second-half push from St. Bonaventure for its second win of the season, 14-12.
The Dolphins (2-4, 1-0 NLC) went into halftime with an eight goal lead before seeing a majority of it slip away as they were outscored, 10-4, in the second half.
Freshman Cassie Campasano produced a dominant performance for the Dolphins with five goals and seven points, both individual season highs. In the cage, Freshmen Karli Tobin and Hannah Collins split time, making five and seven saves respectively.
The Bonnies (0-3) orchestrated their second-half comeback on the shoulders of Molly Hastrich, whose six goals were a game high while Danielle Drabin added a hat trick and an assist for the visitors.
“It’s so great to get our first win at home,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We showed great strength to rebound after the momentum swung away from us in the second half. We need to enjoy this win but be ready for our game on Wednesday.”
The Dolphins opened the first half with two early goals from Brie Kitchelt and Megan Lusby as JU took a 2-0 lead. The Bonnies would answer two minutes later but JU then rattled off eight straight goals.
Lusby started the rally from a free position shot and Campasano scored four of the next five with freshman Abigail Warnken also scoring. Freshmen Amanda Hurley and Jocelyn Jamison finished off the streak for JU with goals just 55 seconds apart.
St. Bonaventure would fight back in the second half, scoring the frame’s first four goals before freshman Emily Pepe stopped the run with an assist from Campasano.
Campasano, Warnken and Kitchelt all tallied scores in the second half with Kitchelt’s score icing the game with 1:34 to go.
The Dolphins defended free-position shots well, allowing seven goals from 15 attempts while converting three of six chances themselves.
Clears were again problematic for the home side and allowed the Bonnies back into the game, going just 22-31.
The Dolphins will face Vermont on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.
2009-10 WOMEN'S LACROSSE