Bonnies Win Shootout with Bison to Snap Losing Streak

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Daisy Timlin tallied four points on three goals and an assist, Elspeth McGarry scored three times, and St. Bonaventure (3-5) hung on for a 15-13 win over Bucknell (3-11) at McGraw-Jennings Field on Tuesday.

The Bonnies jumped out to a 9-2 lead by the 12:59 mark of the first half and enjoyed a 12-5 cushion just over four minutes into the second half before the Bison charged back.

Madison Hurwitz netted three goals and sparked a Bison rally. Bucknell tallied six of the game's next seven goals to pull within two, 13-11, with 8:08 to go, but the Bonnies clamped down to snap their five-game losing streak after Mackenzie Jordan's free-position goal and an unassisted marker from Timlin.

Sophomore netminder Sara Schlagenhauf (2-1) stopped 11 shots in the cage, one off her career high set at La Salle nine days ago.

SBU returns to conference play with a pair of games over the weekend. The Bonnies visit Saint Joseph's (4-8, 0-3 Atlantic 10) on Friday, before travelling to No. 17 Massachusetts (12-1, 3-0) on Sunday.

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OLEAN, N.Y. Earlier this season Bucknell rallied from nine goals down to beat Liberty. The Bison nearly pulled off another major comeback on Tuesday afternoon at St. Bonaventure but came up a bit short in a 15-13 loss to the Bonnies. Madison Hurwitz (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) scored three goals and two assists to lead the Bison, who rallied within two goals after trailing by as many as seven.

Freshman Arriana Sajjad (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) added three goals, while classmates Emily Kookogey (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and Claire Switala (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) scored twice each. For Switala, those were the first two goals of her career. Sophomores Lindsey Ferro (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Molly Ford (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's) handed out two assists apiece.

St. Bonaventure (3-5) got three goals each from Daisy Timlin and Elspeth McGarry along with two goals and an assist from Danielle Drabin and Jenna Barber.

Bucknell (3-11) scored first on a Hurwitz goal just 2:22 into the contest, but The Bonnies countered with a 9-1 run to take a commanding 9-2 lead with 12:59 left in the first half. The Bison made some headway late in the half, closing on a 3-1 run to get back within 10-5 at the break.

But goals by McGarry and Mackenzie Jordan to start the second half restored St. Bonaventure's seven-goal lead. Bucknell's deficit was 13-7 after a Timlin goal with 16:06 to play when the comeback attempt began in earnest.

Switala's goal off a feed from Ferro ignited a 4-0 Bison run that cut the deficit to 13-11. Sajjad followed the Switala goal with an unassisted marker, and then Ferro assisted on a Kookogey tally to make it 13-10 with 8:08 to play. Just over a minute later Katelyn Miller scored from a free position to bring the Bison within two.

Bucknell won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over, and that led to a goal from the 8-meter position by Jordan with 4:47 to go. After a timeout, Blair McDonald (Summit, N.J./Kent Place School) won an important draw for the Bison, and that led to a Sajjad goal that made it a 14-12 game with 3:27 left.

Drabin came up with the next draw, however, and just 27 seconds later Timlin found the back of the net to put The Bonnies back up by three at 15-12. After a couple of changes of possession, Sajjad completed her hat trick to make it a 15-13 game, but only 14 seconds remained.

Bucknell outshot St. Bonaventure 33-27, but The Bonnies scored on 15 of those 27 attempts, as a pair of Bison goalies combined for six saves. Sara Schlagenhauf made 11 saves for St. Bonaventure. Of the game's 28 goals, 10 came on free-position attempts, including six by The Bonnies.

Bucknell returns to action on Saturday at Binghamton at 4:00 p.m.


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