ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop lacrosse team fell 15-14 Sunday to St. Bonaventure as the Bonnies converted a free-position attempt with only 10 seconds remaining.
Winthrop found itself in a competitive back-and-forth battle with the Bonnies from the start. Freshman Megan Wallenhorst got the scoring started 8:57 into the game on an assist from Danielle Ellis. Ellis tallied the next two goals for the Eagles, but St. Bonaventure was able to build a 7-3 lead with 7:38 left in the first half.
The Eagles came storming back in the final seven minutes of the first half, netting five unanswered goals to go up 8-7 with just under two minutes on the clock. The Bonnies were able to tie the score with 35 seconds left to go into the half with an 8-8 draw.
St. Bonaventure grabbed the first goal of the second half just over a minute in, but the Eagles fought back, scoring five of the next six goals to go up 13-10 with 14:27 left in the contest.
The Bonnies scored two more goals to get within one at 13-12 with 12:24 left before Shannon Gallagher netted the 14th goal for the Eagles to put Winthrop back up two. St. Bonaventure got within one with just over 10 minutes left and tied the game with 5:18 left.
As the game entered the final minute the Bonnies had possession, but an errant pass went out of play and gave the ball to the Eagles with 33 seconds left and Winthrop took a timeout.
After the timeout the Eagles were barely able to get the ball out of their own end before they turned the ball over. Following the turnover Winthrop was whistled for a controversial foul. After the restart the Eagles were again called for a foul, this time giving the Bonnies a free-position attempt which they converted to go up 15-14.
Winthrop was able to control the ensuing draw, but the clock ran out before the Eagles could get a shot off.
“We showed our youth and didn’t play as a team today,” head coach John Sung said. “Before today we didn’t really know how this team would respond to adversity. Now I have a better feeling about where we sit and we’ll go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next one.”
Wallenhorst finished the game with four goals on six shots. Danielle Ellis netted three goals and added four assists. Shannon Gallagher also added three goals for the Eagles.
With the loss the Eagles record fell to 2-2 on the season while St. Bonaventure started its season off with the victory.
The Eagles will complete their three-game home stretch when they host the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at Eagle Field.