MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's lacrosse team earned its first win of the season as it defeated St. Bonaventure, 19-6, at Five Star Stadium on Sunday.
Mercer (1-5) opened the match with seven goals and ran away with the dominant 13-point victory at home. Three Bears – Hailey Rhatigan, Eva Thorn and Kendall Garrett – recorded hat tricks while Iseabal Cryne made five saves in goal over 51-plus minutes of action.
Six different Bears netted goals during the Bears' run that opened the contest, including Thorn, who scored twice. Rhatigan bookended her first goal of the game with a pair of assists on scores from Catie Snee and Sami Van Slyke. Mercer led 9-4 at halftime as the Bonnies scored four of the final six goals in the first half.
Another torrid start in the second half helped Mercer pull away from St. Bonaventure. The Bears scored five times in the first six minutes of second-half action, including a man-up goal by Lily Morin. Ten Bears in total scored in Mercer's win.
» Mercer out-shot St. Bonaventure 49-18. The Bears had 31 shots on goal.
» Mercer was good on 12-of-16 clears, including a perfect 6-for-6 in the second half.
» The Bears dominated in draw controls, winning 20 of 27.
» Audrey Robertson and Hailey Rhatigan tallied three groundballs apiece.
» Robertson added a team-leading four caused turnovers.
» Dylan Malamala made three saves in eight minutes of action in goal.
» Michaela Lucas won eight draw controls.
» Mercer: 1-5
» St. Bonaventure: 1-5
Mercer hosts Colgate at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 at Five Star Stadium.