St. Bonaventure Survives Furious Siena Rally

CORNING, N.Y. St. Bonaventure (4-1) pulled ahead of Siena early and survived a vicious comeback by the Saints in the closing minutes in order to preserve a 9-8 victory in their home opener, played at Corning Memorial Stadium in Corning, N.Y.

The ever efficient Jenna Schlagenhauf scored the first goal of the day for the Bonnies and would proceed to score the next three to give the Brown and White a 4-1 lead with less than one minute to play in the first half.

Siena was only able to muster one goal in the opening frame. Elspeth McGarry scored her third goal this season with just eight seconds remaining before halftime to allow the Bonnies to take a 5-1 advantage into the break.

The Saints struck first in the second half, scoring twice by the 22:57 mark. St. Bonaventure, however, wasted no time rebuilding their lead. McGarry picked up her second of the game thanks to an assist by Schlagenhauf. Less than a minute later, LeighAnn Stauffer put her mark on the score sheet with a tally that gave the Brown and White a 7-3 lead.

After a long drought, with 12:03 to play, Taylor Ventre made a strong move into the scoring area. She was hit hard but managed to get the shot off prior to losing her stick. The ball found the back of the net to give St. Bonaventure an 8-3 lead.

The final tally of the day for the Brown and White came just under 30 seconds later thanks to second-leading scorer Cara Callahan.

Over the final seven minutes, Siena went on a 5-0 run, with the final score coming with just 37 seconds on the clock. The SBU defense held true however, not allowing a repeat of its last minute debacle against Niagara on Tuesday. St. Bonaventure would ultimately claim the 9-8 victory

Schlagenhauf's four goals increase her team-leading total to 18. Her assist also ties her for the team lead with six.

The Bonnies will be back in action on Wednesday (Mar. 20) when they travel to Colgate for a 4:00 p.m. face off. This is a change from the originally scheduled game to be played at St. Bonaventure. Due to unplayable field conditions the tilt was moved to Colgate.

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Siena nearly completed arguably the craziest comeback in program history. Trailing by six with just over seven minutes remaining, the Saints rattled off five straight goals but ran out of time in a 9-8 loss to St. Bonaventure in Corning, N.Y.

Maggie Deloria scored her first of two goals during the five-goal spurt, pulling the Saints (1-6) within just 9-4 with 7:06 left. Casey Irwin tacked on a goal just over a minute later, but Siena could not get any closer than 9-5 with less than two minutes to play.

Then, the furious final rally began as Siena scored three times in 70 seconds.

Freshman Ashley Ruchalski scored her first collegiate goal, converting a free-position shot with 1:47 remaining. The Saints won the ensuing draw control and scored again just 16 seconds later as Deloria put in a rebound.

Siena, which has dominated on the draw all year long, won another key possession and after a foul on St. Bonaventure (4-1), Sarah Croutier fired home the free-position tally to make it a one-goal game.

But the Bonnies won the most important draw of the game on the ensuing opportunity and ran out the final few seconds, sending the Saints to their fourth straight defeat.

Jenna Schlagenhauf scored all four of her goals in the first half for the Bonnies which led throughout and took a 5-1 lead at the break. Elspeth McGarry added two goals and Karly Kocis contributed 12 saves for St. Bonaventure which has won all seven meetings in the series history between the two programs.

Alyssa Treanor added two goals for the Saints and freshman Lauren Smith won a career-high eight draw controls. Siena, which had just seven free-position goals in its first six games, converted five of its eight opportunities.

Siena puts a bow on its season long five-game road trip Wednesday when the Saints travel to Binghamton for a 4:00 p.m. start.


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