Dukes Advance to A-10 Finals With 12-7 Win Over Bonnies
May 7, 2004
Corning, N.Y. -- The Duquesne University lacrosse team advanced to the finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship with a 12-7 victory over host St. Bonaventure at Corning Memorial Stadium. St. Bonaventure, the number four seed, kept the game close until DU's four goals in the final five minutes enabled the Dukes, the number one seed, to move on to the A-10 Finals on Saturday.
After the Bonnies got off to a quick start with two goals in the first four minutes of the game, goals by senior Becca West and sophomore Kelly Mulford tied the game at 2-2 with 12:51 left in the half. SBU's Sarah Dressler's goal put the Bonnies on top 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to go. But the Dukes again came back with Flocco's first goal at the 3:20 mark of the half.
Flocco's goal opened the second half scoring at 22:13 to give the Dukes their first lead at 4-3. After two goals by the host Bonnies, App's first tally knotted the game again at 5-5 with 14:27 to play. Bona grabbed their last lead 15 seconds later on Nocole Motondo's tally. DU took the lead for good on three straight scores -- Flocco's final tally and Tamasitis' two markers, 8-6, with 7:27 left in this semifinal matchup.
Again, St. Bonaventure quickly came back, this time within 10 seconds, to tighten the game at 8-7. Four goals in a row from the 5:14 mark on -- App (2), Mulford and West -- finally broke the closely fought match open for the Dukes' 12-7 win.
St. Bonaventure's Courtney Hastrich recorded nine saves and Bona's scoring was led by Courtney Gibbons' two scores. The Bonnies end their season with a 10-7 record.
The 14-3 Red and Blue return to action, tomorrow, Saturday, May 8 in the Champsionship Final at 3:00 p.m. against #2 Temple (10-7) which topped UMass 13-9 in Friday's other semifinal.