Bonafede, Stout D lead women's lax past Abington

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Keuka Senior Maggie Bonafede of Churchville scored eight points on three goals with five assists and classmate Taylor Smith of Webster and junior Jennifer Burt of Penn Yan each recorded five points as the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team remained undefeated in conference play with a 20-2 win over Penn State-Abington Saturday in Horsham, Pa.

Bonafede scored three goals with five assists for her fifth game with eight or more points as the Storm (10-2, 6-0 NEAC) scored 19 or more goals for the fourth straight game.

Burt added three goals with two assists while Smith recorded two goals with three assists to power the Green and Gold. Smith is now one goal shy of equaling Brandy Shafer’s (2008-11) school record for career goals (180).

Freshman Samantha Staino of Brockport added three goals with an assist, while freshman Morgan Bruno of Seneca Falls had two goals with an assist for Keuka College.

Freshman Sydney Forshay of Clifton Springs added two goals while senior Caroline Arancio of Clinton had a goal and an assist as the Storm handed out assists on 13 of their 20 goals.

Juniors Olivia Hudson of Adams and Kaycee Maguire of Potsdam each added a goal, as did freshman Maura Gosson of Syracuse.

Maguire led the way with six groundballs while Hudson added three for the Storm. Maguire also caused four turnovers in the win.

Senior Korie Fitzgerald of Vestal allowed two first-half goals to earn the win while freshman Samantha Peacock of Phelps made one save and did not allow a goal in a scoreless second half.

Forshay and Maguire each had unassisted goals in the first minute to stake the Storm to an early 2-0 lead. Bonafede fed Forshay for a tally 2:25 into the opening half, then Bonafede scored an unassisted goal for a 4-0 lead just 4:15 into the contest.

Chasidy McLaurin got the Nittany Lions (2-12, 2-5) on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally with 25:20 left in the first before the Storm exploded for six unanswered goals in a span of four minutes to seize a 10-1 lead.

Burt scored twice while Bonafede, Bruno, Smith and Arancio added goals during the run.

Katelyn Haas scored with 20:34 remaining to slice the lead to 10-2, but the Storm clamped down and held the Nittany Lions scoreless for the final 50:34.

The defense was led by Maguire, Hudson, junior Anna Patton of Newark, freshmen Taylor Willsey of Mexico, and Gosson.

Keuka 20 St. Elizabeth 2

Smith and Bonafede each scored eight points and the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team blanked the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) for the final 51 minutes as the Storm earned a 20-2 triumph April 18 in Morristown, N.J.

Smith scored six goals with two assists while Bonafede added four goals with four assists to power the Storm (9-2, 5-0 NEAC), who remained in first place in the NEAC with four conference clashes remaining.

Bruno added two goals with two assists while senior Caroline Arancio of Clinton and  Burt and Maguireeach scored two goals for the Storm.

It was Bonafede’s fourth eight-point game this year, and Smith’s first time with eight points.

Smith also collected 11 groundballs while Maguire picked up eight groundballs and Forshay collected five groundballs as the Storm had 42 groundballs.

Smith scored an unassisted tally 3:08 into the first half, but the Screaming Eagles (1-8, 1-5 NEAC) got back-to-back goals from Kelly O’Dell and Nicole Rios to lead 2-1 with 21:39 remaining in the opening half.

Neither team would score again until Bonafede fed Burt with 7:27 remaining to knot the score at two apiece. That was the start of an 8-0 run to close out the half, as Smith pumped in three goals, Burt scored twice and Arancio, Bonafede and Maguire each added goals as the Green and Gold took a 9-2 lead into halftime.

Bonafede added three second-half goals and Bruno and Smith each scored twice as the Storm blanked St. Elizabeth 11-0 in the second half.

Thanks to a stingy defense, led by Patton, Gosson, Willsey and junior Maggie Mercurio  of Whitesboro, the Storm clamped down and held St. Elizabeth to just five shots while committing 21 turnovers.

Senior Korie Fitzgerald of Vestal made two saves to improve to 9-2.

The Storm host Wells College at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in the last home game of the regular season.