The Bonnies spotlight will be a weekly feature where we will highlight a student-athlete and give you a closer look into the player's interests and thoughts about a range of topics on and off the playing surface.


Feature #18: Stephanie Barry
Sport: Women's Cross Country
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Ashburn, Va.

The edition of Bonnies Spotlight features Stephanie Barry of the women's cross country team. Upon beginning her college search, St. Bonaventure freshman women’s cross country runner Stephanie Barry was already pretty familiar with the university she currently calls home, considering her father Steve is an alumnus.

“I’ve been coming here pretty much my whole life,” said Barry. “But, I always thought of it as just my dad’s school.”

However, Barry noted that once she went on her official visit to St. Bonaventure, she finally began to envision herself at her father’s alma mater.

“My host really showed me the all the student life around campus and that was important because when I came on visits with my dad, it was during school breaks so there was no one really here,” Barry said. “When I came for my visit I saw the real St. Bonaventure community and it was amazing.”

Since arriving at St. Bonaventure, Barry has already impressed the Bonnies women’s cross country team, finishing second on the team with a 5K time of 20:24.8, which was also good for 14th overall out of 43 runners at the Little Three Championships on Sept. 2. More recently, Barry finished third on the team and 19th overall with a time of 21:02.8 at the Binghamton Invitational on Sept. 17.

Barry noted that the change between running in high school and running in college was evident right away in her first collegiate meet.

 

 

 




Feature #17: Kieran Toland

Sport: Men's Soccer
Class: Junior
Hometown: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

The newest edition of the Bonnies Spotlight features Kieran Toland of the St. Bonaventure men's soccer team.

Toland is a native of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and he's in his third year donning the Brown and White.

The junior midfielder has one goal on the year, scored on a penalty shot against Bucknell (Aug. 28) to tie the game at 1-1 with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. 

During his time at St. Bonaventure, Toland has started 36 out of 37 games in which he's participated and scored four goals.

 

 



Feature #16: Marley Jarvis

Sport: Women's Soccer
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Webster, N.Y.

The newest edition of the Bonnies Spotlight features Marley Jarvis of the women's soccer team.

Jarvis scored the first goal of the Bonnies' 2016 season against Binghamton on Aug. 19.

 

 



 

Feature #15: Caleb Johnson

Sport: Cross Country
Class: Freshman
Major: Major 
Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features freshman cross country runner Caleb Johnson.

Johnson has been impressive in his first year with the Bonnies men's cross country team. He has already written his name in the Bonnies record books after running a 26:53.9 at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational in Rochester on Sept. 26, the sixth-fastest 8K time in men's program history. 

The Orchard Park native has finished in the top three for the Bonnies in each of his first three events as a collegiate runner. In this episode of Bonnies Spotlight, viewers will get a chance to get to know Caleb and some of his interests away from competition.

 

 



 

 

Feature #14: Abby Maiello

Sport: Soccer
Class: Senior
Major: Sports Studies  
Hometown: Mechanicsville, N.Y.

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features senior forward Abby Maiello. 

Maiello has been a significant contributer to the women's soccer program from the day she stepped onto the St. Bonaventure campus. Her leadership, tough and  aggressive play on the field have made her one of the best forwards in the A-10. 

The Mechanicville, N.Y. native is enjoying a very succesful season so far in 2015. She currently leads the team in goals with five and points with 12. She was named the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week for the week of sept. 8 after helping the Bonnies to wins over Buffalo and Cleveland State.

Her success on the field is well documented. However, in this episode of the Bonnies Spotlight you will have a chance to see what Abby is like off the field. Questions are aimed at giving the viewer a look at what goes on off the field. 

 



 

 

Feature #13: Emily Belfield

Sport: Softball
Class: Junior
Major: Physical Education  
Hometown: Lockport, N.Y.

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features junior center fielder Emily Belfield. 

Many people take for granted the opportunity to play sports, and to be active ... for Belfield, that is something she will never do. As an active 12-year-old, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Burkitts Lymphoma -- rare cancer that is extremely fast-growing. 

The only chance she had to survive was through aggressive chemotherapy. This treatment could save her life, but at the same time also could ultimately kill her. In what doctors described as nothing short of a miracle, Belfield responded well to treatments. After spending six months in Buffalo hospitals, Belfield was able to return home. She remains cancer-free.

For Belfield, her performance on the softball field is important, but as she describes in this video interview, she has a different perspective than most people.



 

 

Feature #12Thaddeus Johnson

Sport: Baseball
Class: Junior
Major: Sports Studies 
Hometown: Frewsburg, N.Y.

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features junior third baseman Thad Johnson.

The Frewsburg, N.Y., native has been the leader of a Bonnies team that got off to the program's best start in recent history. Johnson leads the Bonnies in most offensive categories including batting average (.394), hits (37) and RBI (19). On the mound, Johnson sports a 1.35 ERA with a team-best five saves. 

A sports studies major, Johnson is the fourth member of his family to attend St. Bonaventure and play a sport. In the Spotlight, he talks about his family, his experience playing summer baseball, the Bonnies' early success, and his Mission trip to China last winter to work with his sister in an adoption agency. 



 

 

Feature #11: Marisa Brossard

Sport: Women's Tennis
Class: Senior
Major: JMC
Hometown: Marathon, Florida

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features women's tennis senior Marisa Brossard. 

Over her four years at St. Bonaventure, Marisa has been an anchor for the St. Bonaventure women's tennis program. So far this season, the senior from Marathon, Fla is 8-6 on the year and 9-5 in doubles when paired with sophomore Mara Martinez-Santori

A JMC major, Brossard was selected for an internship with the hit TV show "The View" last summer. She talks about her experiences there as well as her tennis career in this edition of Bonnies Spotlight. 



 

 

Feature #10: Colleen Guilfoyle 

Sport: Women's Lacrosse
Class: Senior
Major: Biology 
Hometown: Painted Post, N.Y. 

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features women's lacross senior defender Colleen Guilfoyle.

A senior from Painted Post, N.Y., Guilfoyle has been one of the hardest working players on the team for coach Ryan Lynn. Guilfoyle started her career as a walk-on but worked her way to becoming a starter and leader for the Bonnies. 

A biology major, Guilfoyle was selected for an internship at the Dolphin Research Institute in Key West, Fla., last summer. She talks about her experiences there as well as her lacrosse career in this edition of Bonnies Spotlight. 



 

 

Feature #9: Idris Taqqee
Class: Freshman
Height: 6-4
Position: Guard/Forward
Major: Business
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.

For the 10 days leading up to the start of the season, Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #8: Taryne Shull
Class: Freshman
Height: 6-0
Position: Guard/Forward
Major: Elementary Education  
Hometown: Mount Plesant, Iowa

For the 10 days leading up to the start of the season, Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #7: Marcus Posley 
Class: Junior 
Height: 6-1
Position: Guard
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.

Over the 10 days leading up to the beginning of the season, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure Men's or Women's basketball teams. Video #6 features Marcus Posley.



 

 

Feature #6: Mariah Ruff
Class: Freshman
Height: 5-9
Position: Guard
Major: Chemistry 
Hometown: Oneonta, N.Y.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #5: Iakeem Alston
Class: Junior
Height: 6-2
Position: Point Guard
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #4: Miranda Drummond
Class: Freshman
Height: 6-1
Position: Forward
Major: Sports Studies/Physical Therapy
Hometown: Binghamton, N.Y.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #3: Jaylen Adams
Class: Freshman
Height: 6-1
Position: Point Guard
Major: Undecided Business
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #2: Matea Britvar
Class: Freshman
Height: 6-1
Position: Forward
Major: Sports Studies
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Feature #1: Jalen Adams
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Height: 6-5
Position: Guard/Small Forward
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.

For each of the next 10 days, the Bonnies Spotlight will feature one of the new players on the St. Bonaventure men's or women's basketball teams. Each video includes highlights of them in action during pre-season practice sessions or Bona Fan Jam as well as the head coaches talking about what the student-athlete brings to St. Bonaventure.



 

 

Student-Athlete: Tanja Kirmse  
Sport: Women's Swimming
Class: Sophomore
Major: Finance/Accounting 
Hometown: Burghausen, Germany

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features women's swimming sophomore Tanja Kirmse. 

As a freshman, Kirmse placed third in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyles with times of 1:50.59 and 4:53.15, respectively and helped the team finish fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay, eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 10th in both 400-yard medley and freestyle relays at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships. 

Daughter of Barbara and Uwe Kirmse. 



 

 

Student-Athlete: Nicholas Perillo
Sport: Men's Soccer
Class: Senior
Major: Education 
Hometown: Bayshore, NY

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features men's soccer senior Nicholas Perillo. 

Perillo, a senior from Bayshore, NY, has been an anchor for the Bonnies men's soccer team since arriving on campus. His versitlity, and willingness to embrace different roles are an attribute the head coach Mel Mahler praises. In Perillo's four years at St. Bonaventure he has played in 56 games, scoring 10 goals and three assists. 

Perillo is the son of Stacie and Stephen Perillo. 



 

 

Student-Athlete: Michael Pilyugin 
Sport: Men's Swimming
Class: Junior 
Major: Business Information Systems 
Hometown: Redding, Conn. 

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features men's swimming junior Michael Pilyugin

Pilyugin, a junior from Redding, Conn has made a splash early on his his career at St. Bonaventure. Had a break out season last year helping the Bonnies defend their A-10 title. Named the Performer of the Meet at the A-10 Championship after he won three events and was a member of three first place relays.


 

 

Student-Athlete: Christina Sarokon
Sport: Women's Soccer
Class: Junior 
Major: Sports Studies 
Hometown: North Tonowanda, NY 

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features women's soccer junior goalkeeper Christina Sarokon.

Sarokon, a North Tonawanda native has been the anchor of the women's soccer team thus far this season. She has started all 9 games compiling a 4-4 record for the Bonnies. She boasts a .868 save percentage, recordeding 46 saves, and 4 shutouts. The Bonnies are currently 4-5-1 on the season. 

Christina is the daughter of Brian and Katia Sarokon



 

Student-Athlete: Corey Long 
Sport: Men's Golf
Class: Freshman 
Major: Accounting  
Hometown: McDonald, Pa.

 

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features freshman golfer Corey Long. 

Early on in his college career, long has made his name known quickly. In his first college tournament he shot 77, 76, 79, 232 good for third on the team. He followed that performance up with a 71, 72, 143 at the annual Leo Keenan Invitational. That score placed him second on the team, and also placed him 11th overall out of the more than 70 competitiors from 12 different schools. 

Corey is the son of Marie and William Long … has one brother, Ryan … plans to major in accounting.


 

Student-Athlete: Jeremy Figler
Sport: Men's Soccer
Class: Senior
Major: History 
Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y. 

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features men's soccer senior goalkeeperJeremy Figler. Figler, a senior who is in his second season at Bona's after tranferring from the University at Buffalo, has been the anchor for the Bonnies since arriving on campus. As a junior in 2013, he started in all 19 games and had three shutouts (against Binghamton-Sept. 27, Saint Joseph's-Oct. 10 and Dayton-Oct. 27). In the Spotlight, Figler talks about the challenges of his position, his take on the season so far, and his future plans, among other topics.


 

Student-Athlete: Brittany Charles
Sport: Women's Soccer
Class: Senior
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features women's soccer senior Midfielder/Forward Brittany Charles. Through 6 games, the senior has tallied one goal, and has also assisted on one other. She has tallied three points this season which places her second on the team. Throughout her career, she has been a constant force on offensie accumulating 21 career assists. Her 21 assists place her fourth on the all time list. three assists behind Trish Quinn for second all time with 24 career assists. She is the daughter of Joe and Lauren Charles



 

Student-athlete: Kerry Caher
Class year: Junior
Major: Education 
Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.

This week's installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features junior Cross Country runner Kerry Caher. Caher has compiled an impressive resume in her two years at St. Bonaventure. Last Season, Caher topped the leaderboard at the Canisius Invitational finishing the 5K course in 18:38.3. For an encore, she was selected to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team following the 2014 Champiosnhips. The Clifton Park native was the first St. Bonaventure runner to ever be named to the first team following a 13th place finish in a time of 17:35.0.

Caher continued her winning ways when she captured the Little 3 Invitational individual crown last weekend. Her final time 17:55.5 was more than a minute faster than any other competitor.

Caher and the Bonnies will try to continue their fast start when they compete in the UB Stampede hosted by the University at Buffalo this weekend Sept. 6th. 


 

Student-Athlete: Emily McDonough 

Sport: SoftballClass: Sophomore

Major: Sports Studies

Hometown: Marlboro, N.Y.

This week's edition of Bonnies Spotlight features Emily McDonough, a sophomore on the St. Bonaventure softball team. McDonough made an immediate impact on the field for the Brown and White, setting the program's single season record with 23 steals and hitting .330 with a team-high 58 hits along with eight RBI and 29 runs scored in her freshman year. This season, she has played in 28 games, leading the team with a .420 batting average with five RBI, 12 runs scored and 37 hits. Her 33 career steals are currently the most in program history. McDonough has nine multi-hit games this season. Click on the video to hear Emily talk about how she began playing softball, what her roles on the team are, what the team needs to do to win at Saint Joseph's this weekend, and much more.



 

Student-Athlete: Leighann Stauffer

Sport: Lacrosse
Class: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features the leading scorer on the women's lacrosse team. Click on the video to hear our interview with Leigh Ann as she talks about her love of the game, her growth into a leadership role this year, and her off-field career plans.



 

Student-Athlete: Josh Stauffer

Sport: Golf
Class:
 Sophomore
Major: Business
Hometown: Bradford, Pa.

The latest installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features the golfer who has already made the all-conference team twice.  Maybe that's not such a big surprise given his bloodlines as the son of a PGA club professional. Click on the video to hear our interview with Josh as he talks about his roots in the game, his plans for the future and talks about what's made him so successful to this point in his Bona's career.



 

Student-athlete: Hannah Little
Class year: Sophomore
Major: Sport Studies
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan

The first installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features sophomore Hannah Little of the women's hoops team. Little is averaging 9.6 points and 7.9 boards per game through the team's 20 games played this season. Little has recorded four double-doubles this season and posted a career-high 21 points vs. UNC-Greensboro on December 22nd. On November 23rd vs. Boston University, Little registered 18 rebounds which placed her just two shy of the Bonnies all-time record (20). Only three other times in school history has a player recorded 18 rebounds or more in a single game. Click on the video to the right to find out more about Hannah. 

 

Student-athlete: Asa Johnson
Class year: Senior
Major: Business Information Systems
Hometown: Frewsburg, N.Y.

Last season, Johnson arguably had his best season for the Bonnies as he appeared in 17 games with seven starts while recording a 2-1 record with 36 strikeouts in 69.2 innings pitched. His top performance came in the Brown and White's final game last year as he threw a complete game only allowing one run off of nine hits. Johnson currently ranks 12th all-time in appearances with 48 and also ranks 12th in innings pitched with 77.1 in a single-season. The St. Bonaventure baseball team's season starts on Feb. 22 when it takes on Iowa at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. 



 

The Marquise Simmons File
Sport: Basketball
Class:
 Senior
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

The third installment of the Bonnies Spotlight features one of the leaders of the men's basketball team, senior power forward Marquise Simmons. The 6-foot-8, 235-lb. Simmons talks about his season, his age (24) and experience, leadership and his post-graduation plans.  Click on the video to find out more about Marquise.