April 8, 2011

Bonnies Rally Late to Top St. Joe's

from press release

ALFRED, N.Y. – Danielle Drabin's goal off a feed from Emily Kane with 1:19 to go capped a five-goal rally, lifting St. Bonaventure (4-5, 1-2 Atlantic 10) past Saint Joseph's, 11-10, Friday afternoon at Alfred University's Merrill Field.

After freshman Elspeth McGarry tied it at 10 all – one of four Bona goals in the final 3:25 that helped overcome a 10-6 deficit – SBU won the draw and Kane was fouled just inside the Hawks' 8-meter arc. On the ensuing free-position shot, Kane passed off to a cutting Drabin, who found room at the near post for the game-winner.

"They battled until the last whistle and worked so hard up and down the field," said Bonnies' coach Christy Malone. "It was the best, hard-fought, win I have seen in a long time."

Saint Joe's sent two shots wide of the cage in the final minute and freshman goalie Karly Kocis saved a straight on-blast with one second left to preserve the win. The Huntington, N.Y. finished with six saves on the day.

McGarry led the Bonnies second-half surge with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists over the final 30 minutes. Drabin (3g), Kane (1g, 2a) and Christine Hanley (3g) each added three points.

The Hawks (5-7, 1-2) outpaced St. Bonaventure 6-1 to bridge the halftime gap, turning an early 2-2 tie into an 8-3 lead by the 24:12 mark of the second half.

SJU's Alana Glanell (2g, 2a) netted four points off the bench to lead the Hawks. Meghan McDevitt, Jen Peters and Grace Dinn each scored twice.

St. Bonaventure hosts No. 20 Massachusetts at noon on Sunday at Alfred University.

NOTES: The game was moved from St. Bonaventure to Alfred due to field conditions … Kocis has faced 20 or more shots in all but one game this season … SBU held a 14-9 draw controls advantage and 25-10 in groundballs … "Our team played with a great amount of pride and never let the scoreboard change their level of intensity," said assistant coach Marcus Nelson.

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