Saint Joseph's Ignites in 2nd Half to Down St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. Saint Joseph's (7-5, 1-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) scored the first seven goals of the second half to turn a 5-5 halftime tie against St. Bonaventure (5-6, 0-3 A-10) into a 13-7 win Sunday at McGraw-Jennings Field in the Bonnies first contest of the year on their home pitch.

Six different Bonaventure players scored goals, with two tallies and an assist coming from LeighAnn Stauffer (pictured). Taylor Ventre added two assists for the Bonnies, who dropped their fourth in a row after starting the season 5-2.

Bonaventure got off to a much-needed fast start against the Hawks as it scored three of the first four goals of the game to take a 3-1 lead just more than five minutes in, capped by Erin Thomas goal. However, Saint Joe's scored four of the next five to take a 5-4 lead before Mikayla Place knotted the contest at 5-5 with just three seconds remaining in the first half.

Unfortunately for SBU, it wasn't able to capitalize on the momentum to close the stanza as the Hawks tallied those seven goals to open the second half in just more than 10 minutes and never looked back.

For the game, SJU attempted 13 shots in both the first and second halves en route to out-shooting the Bonnies, 26-17. Sara Schlagenhauf made nine saves in net for the Brown and White.

St. Bonaventure will look to get back on track in a mid-week game at Bucknell next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Bonnies return to A-10 action next weekend when they travel to the capital district to face George Washington on Friday and Richmond on Sunday.

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Sparked by an 8-1 run that spanned the opening half of the second, Saint Joseph's downed St. Bonaventure, 13-7, on McGraw-Jennings Field on Sunday afternoon. Eight players scored for the Hawks as SJU now stands at 7-5 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic 10 action.

Tied 5-5 heading into the second half, the Hawks attacked for seven unanswered goals. Junior attack Abby Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) started the offensive spark for SJU as she gained possession of the opening draw en route to an SBU penalty and free-position attempt for Saint Joseph's in the opening minute of the second half. Junior midfielder Val Paolucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Springfield) converted the attempt to put the Hawks back up, 6-5, and recorded a second goal just under two minutes later (27:38) to extend SJU's lead, 7-5.

Freshman attack Emily Bowers (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame (N.J.)) netted her second goal of the game at the 27:27 mark and assisted on graduate student attack Meghan McDevitt's (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) man-up goal at the 22:44 mark to extend the Hawks' lead, 9-5.

Just 11 seconds later, McDevitt assisted on an Ananian goal and McDevitt and sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) added another pair of goals to extend SJU's lead, 12-5, just 19:05 into the second.

St. Bonaventure (5-6, 0-3 A-10) tacked on a goal at the 15:22 mark but Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Hannah Hutchins (Weston, Conn./Weston) netted her first collegiate goal with 14:00 remaining in regulation to extend the Hawks' lead back to seven, 13-6.

The Bonnies would score one more with just under five minutes remaining but would be held to seven goals as the Hawks picked up their first A-10 win of the season, 13-7.

The Bonnies scored the game's first goal just 1:28 into the first half, but Saint Joseph's freshman attack Bianca Angstadt (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic) scored 27 seconds later to tie the score, 1-1, at the 28:05 mark.

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