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The First Class: Bonnies Men's Lacrosse Roster Announced

The First Class: Bonnies Men's Lacrosse Roster Announced

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - On March 21, 2017, St. Bonaventure University's Department of Athletics announced men's lacrosse would return to the Bonnies as an NCAA Division I sport. 

Randy Mearns was appointed head coach of the fledgling program June 20, 2017 and immediately set to work on building the first Bonnies roster. 

Over the past year, Mearns and his staff have scoured the country in search of the first class of Bonnies in the rebirth of the program. With the start of the 2018-19 academic year, 34 student-athletes are on campus who will make up the new squad.

"It's been a journey," Mearns said. "We started with a clean slate and now, a little over 425 days down the road, we have 34 young men on-campus. We tried to find the right fit kids - academically, socially and athletically. We feel like we have a phenomenal class and we are excited to get rolling. After a long time on the drawing board, it is real now and we couldn't be more ready to put the work in to make St. Bonaventure and the community proud of our program."

Below is a listing of each of the new Bonnies and a bit on their backgrounds.

Jack Almond | 5'10'' 185 | Freshman | South Glengarry, Ontario / Char-Lan District High | Faceoff/Midfield

  • Nominated for 2016 and 2017 All-Canada Games All-Star game
  • Captain of varsity lacrosse team and goaltender for varsity hockey team
  • Played for Ottawa Capitals Field Lacrosse and Akwesasne Indians Box Lacrosse
  • Father, Dennis Almond, played rugby at Sir Sandford Fleming College
  • Intended Major: Psychology

Brodie Anderson | 5'11" 205 | Freshman | Winnipeg, Minn. / The Hill Academy | Close Defenseman

  • Teammates with Sean Westley and Brett Dobson at The Hill Academy
  • Helped lead The Hill Academy to two consecutive GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals championships
  • Played for the Manitoba Blizzard lacrosse club
  • Finance Major

Zack Belter | 6'5" 220 | Freshman | North Tonawanda, N.Y. / Niagara-Wheatfield | Defense/LSM

  • US Lacrosse All-America selection
  • Named All-Western New York First-Team with school-record 162 groundballs
  • New York scholar athlete
  • Helped Niagara-Wheatfield's hockey team to the Division 1 New York State Championship game and was named First-Team All-State
  • Intended Major: Business


Edward Beyer | 6'2" 210 | Freshman | DeWitt, Mich. / Dewitt High School | Midfielder

  • Three-time all-conference in lacrosse
  • Played for Power Play club lacrosse. Helped lead team to various top finishes across the country
  • Played under National Lacrosse League star Cam Holding
  • Also recruited to play middle linebacker multiple football schools and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash
  • Intended major: Psychology

Austin Blumbergs | 6'1" 175 | Freshman | Penn Yan, N.Y. / Penn Yan Academy | Midfield/Attack

  • In 2017, scored 50 goals and added 14 assists
  • Two-time Section V Class C Champion
  • 2017 NYS First-Team All-State for small schools
  • Superior honor roll every quarter of high school
  • Uncle, Todd Blumbergs, member of 2006 Latvian team in Warrior World Lacrosse championship
  • Intended Major: Business


Max Brie | 6'0" 190 | Freshman | Westmount, Quebec / Christ School (N.C.) | Long Stick Midfielder 

  • Helped lead Christ School to two consecutive 3A North Carolina Independent Schools state championships
  • Christ School had previously never won a state championship in school history
  • Played three seasons in North Carolina after transplanting from native Canada
  • Named a three-time All-Canada All-Star during his prep career
  • Intended Major: Finance

Ryan Burns | 5'11" 170 | Freshman | Corning, N.Y. / Corning-Painted Post HS | LSM/Defense

  • Section IV All-Star First-Team defensive midfielder
  • Won sectional championships with the Corning Hawks in 2015 and 2016
  • Played for Gaffer Elite Lacrosse Club
  • Cousin, Katie Princiotto, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland
  • Intended Major: Business

Max Carbaugh | 6'2" 160 | Freshman | Orchard Park, N.Y. / Orchard Park High School | Midfield

  • Western New York Honorable Mention Section VI lacrosse
  • Played for OP Top Shelf club lacrosse
  • New York State Slalom, Super G and overall Alpine ski racing champion and part of the USAA National Alpine Development Team
  • Intended Major: Business and Psychology


Nik Clinton | 5'10" 180 | Junior | Loveland, Co. / Thompson Valley High School | Midfield/Attack

  • Transfer from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Played two years for the Grizzlies, playing in 25 games including starting every game as a freshman and had 27 total points
  • Named First Team All-State in high school and was a four-year varsity starter 
  • Other interests include rodeo, hiking, slacklining and camping
  • Intended Major: Sports Management

Cian Collins | 5'11" 160 | Freshman | Corning, N.Y. / Corning-Painted Post High | Midfield

  • Two-time first-team all-section midfield
  • Helped lead team to sectional championships in 2015 and 2016
  • First-team all-conference football honorable mention quarterback
  • Played for Gaffer Elite Lacrosse Club for five years under coach Bob Streeten
  • Intended Major: Marketing


Giulio Ciaschi | 5'10" 175 | Freshman | Ithaca, N.Y. / Ithaca High School | Goalie

  • Named Section IV lacrosse All-Star Second Team goalie
  • Played in all-star game with three future teammates, Nick Conklin, Cian Collins and Ryan Burns
  • Played for CNY Roadhawks club team
  • Brother, Thomas Ciaschi, plays lacrosse at Baldwin Wallace University

Nick Conklin | 6'2" 220 | Freshman | Johnson City, N.Y. / Johnson City High School | Defense

  • 2018 US Lacrosse High School All-American
  • Senior year at Johnson City High School, played attack, midfield and defense
  • Three-time all-division defensive selection
  • Helped lead high school team to two Section IV championships
  • Tallied 111 goals, 48 assists and 159 points in his high school career
  • Intended Major: Sport Studies


Matthew DeGirolamo | 6'4" 210 | Freshman | Vermillion, Alberta / Kiski Prep | Midfield/Attack

  • First Team Midwest lacrosse player
  • Played for Evolve Elite Lacrosse club
  • Father, Joseph DeGirolamo, played in the Western Hockey League for the Victoria Cougars and Spokane Chiefs
  • Brother, Michael DeGirolamo, drafted into the National Lacrosse League by the Edmonton Rush and currently plays for the Nanaimo Sr. A team
  • Intended Major: Biology/Pre-Dentistry

CJ DiRienzo | 5'8'' 175 | Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster High School | Midfield

  • First-team all-section lacrosse in 2017
  • Honor Roll for eight consecutive quarters in high school
  • Played for Buffalo Lacrosse Academy
  • Sister, Marissa DiRienzo, swims at Canisius College
  • Intended Major: Business

Brett Dobson | 6'2" 185 | Freshman | Oshawa, Ontario / The Hill Academy | Goalkeeper

  • Helped lead The Hill Academy to back-to-back GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals championships, and made 16 saves in the 2018 title game
  • Won two Canadian National Field Lacrosse Championships with Team Ontario
  • Won Rick 'Tuggy' Passfield Award from Whitby Minor Lacrosse for outstanding goaltender in 2016
  • Won nine Ontario Provincial Lacrosse championships (five in box, four in field lacrosse)
  • Ninth overall in goals against average (8.99) in the Ontario Junior A Box Lacrosse League in 2017, his rookie season
  • Intended Major: Physical Education


Dawson Driscoll | 5'10" 160 | Freshman | Whitney Point, N.Y. / Whitney Point High | Midfield

  • Totaled 302 career points in high school with 118 assists and 188 goals
  • Helped lead high school to Section IV division championships in 2016 and 2018
  • Division Four first-team all-star in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Five-time Loretta Lynn National a Amateur Motocross championship qualifier. Three top-10 finishes in the country
  • Played for Gaffer Elite Club Lacrosse and helped lead team an undefeated 24-0 season
  • Intended Major: Business Management


Caleb Forga | 6'2" 195 | Freshman | Belleville, Mich. / Belleville High School | Attack

  • Scored 42 goals and netted six assists as a senior
  • He is the first Division I lacrosse player in the history of his high school
  • Played for the Premier Lacrosse Group club
  • Father, Brandon Forga, was a two-time All-American wrestler at Lake Superior State
  • Intended Major: Business

John Fox | 5'8" 162 | Freshman | Wolcott, Conn. / Cheshire Academy | Attack/Midfield

  • Two-time first-team all-league lacrosse selection
  • Stew Lindsay award winner and MVP award winner
  • Ended prep career with over 300 career points. Scored 41 goals and 32 assists in 13 games during his senior season. 
  • Played for Breakout Athlete lacrosse club
  • Intended Major: Business

Blake Goris | 6'0" 170 | Freshman | London, Ontario / Saunders Secondary School | Midfield/Attack

  • Played for Evolve Elite Lacrosse and London Lacrosse Clubs
  • Grew up juggling lacrosse with ice hockey, where he starred as a goalie
  • Played box lacrosse many years before playing field lacrosse
  • Intended Major: Business

Andrew Hersey | 5'7" 170 | Freshman | Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster Central | Defense/LSM

  • Defensive MVP junior year of high school
  • Helped his team to Section VI and Far West Regional championships in 2018
  • Brother, father and grandfather all played college football. Mother and Aunt played college softball
  • First-team Class AA All-Star in football
  • Gold Academic Award (High Honor Roll eight consecutive semesters)
  • Intended Major: Business Management


Jack Kenney | 5'8" 145 | Freshman | East Aurora, N.Y. / East Aurora | Attack

  • Tallied 19 goals with 14 assists during senior year at East Aurora High
  • Helped lead team to 13 wins and a spot in the Section VI Class C playoffs
  • Scored three goals and added three assists in the quarterfinals of the Section IV, Class C playoffs. 
  • Both parents were Division I athletes - his father, Tim, as a swimmer and his mother, Maureen, as a diver, both at the University at Buffalo
  • Sister, Sierra, is a member of the Canisius College swim team
  • Undeclared Business major

Jake Lombardo | 5'10" 152 | Freshman | Ransomville, N.Y. / Lewiston-Porter | Midfield/Attack

  • Led his high school team in goals, assists and points
  • Played for St. Catharines Athletics Club lacrosse
  • Mother, Kathleen, played soccer at Alfred University
  • Scholar athlete recognized with President's Education award for outstanding academic excellence
  • Intended Major: Health Sciences/Biomedical Sciences

Brendan Luthart | 5'11" 160 | Freshman | Medina, N.Y. / Medina High School | Midfield

  • Named Brine All-American, first-team all-league, first-team all-section, second-team All-Western New York
  • Second player in the history of his high school to receive a Division I lacrosse scholarship
  • Finished prep lacrosse career with 108 goals and 65 assists
  • First-team all-league football and honorable mention all-eague basketball
  • Father, Gordy Luthart, played football at SUNY Brockport
  • Intended Major: Marketing

Dominic Madlang | 6'0" 192 | Freshman | Oviedo, Fla. / Hagerty High School | Midfield

  • Selected to represent Florida at the National Lacrosse Classic in Richmond, Va.
  • Played for Always Sunny Lacrosse club in Central Florida, an invite-only league for elite players in the region
  • Starred in the sport after picking up lacrosse four years ago
  • Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Intended Major: Physical Therapy


Ben Mazur | 5'11" 190 | Freshman | Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster Central High | Goalie

  • US Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American
  • All-Western New York Lacrosse, All-Bee Lacrosse Player of the Year
  • Prep career: 509 saves, 64 save percentage, and 6.5 GAA. School record 70 save percentage sophomore year
  • Also played football and was named All-Bee First Team defensive end
  • Intended Major: Biology

Jackson Mullington | 6'3" 180 | Freshman | Ottawa, Ontario / Sir Robert Borden High | Defense

  • Played for Ottawa Capitals and Nepean Nemesis club lacrosse
  • Multi-sport athlete in high school who played volleyball, soccer and basketball
  • Academic honors all four years of high school
  • Father, Kevin Mullington, played basketball at Carleton University
  • Intended Major: Business

Daire Newbrough | 6'3" 190 | Sophomore | Waterloo, Ontario / St. David Catholic | Midfield

  • Previously attended Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Va.
  • Started 11 games, netted 17 goals and 14 assists for the Fighting Scots
  • Played for Team Ontario in 2016 and was a Brodgen Cup Champion
  • Grandfather, Rich Newbrough, played football at Fairmont State University
  • Mother, Maureen Newbrough, played volleyball at Dalhousie University
  • Intended Major: Health Science


Zach Owens | 5'10" 180 | Freshman | North Canton, Ohio / Hoover High School | Attack

  • All-Region second-team lacrosse
  • Scored three goals and led team to a win in Division I regional
  • Played for Burning River club lacrosse
  • Received an Honors diploma as well as an academic and lacrosse letter
  • Intended Major: Business Administration


Brandon Oakes | 6'1" 185 | Freshman | Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston High School | Midfield

  • Four-year lacrosse letterwinner and starter for high school
  • Second-team all-region FOGO as a freshman, honorable mention midfielder as a sophomore, and second-team all-region midfielder as a junior
  • Collected 150 points through the first three seasons of his prep career
  • Played for Burning River Lacrosse club
  • Uncles Doug and Dennis played football for Harvard
  • Intended Major: Political Science

Brandon Ramirez | 5'9" 185 | Freshman | Windsor, Co. / Windsor High School | Faceoff/Midfield

  • Four-year all-conference lacrosse selection
  • Played for True Lacrosse Colorado, Frontier Lacrosse and Dynasty Lacrosse clubs
  • Four-year All-Conference football. First-Team All-State running back. Also handled kickoffs and punts
  • Four-year academic All-State and academic Honor Roll every year
  • Intended Major: Biology

David Steria | 6'2" 175 | Freshman | Baldwinsville, N.Y. / Baldwinsville High | Defense

  • SCAC Metro Second-Team All-Star
  • Played for CNY Roadhawks club team
  • One of two men's lacrosse athletes at his high school to move onto the next level. One of 12 total athletes at his high school to continue their athletic careers in college
  • Intended Major: Business


Zach Taylor | 6'0 170 | Freshman | Cicero, N.Y. / The Millbrook School | Attack/Midfield

  • Finished prep career with 209 goals and 98 assists
  • NSCLA National Cup All-Star, Go Fight Win top 60 All-Star, All-Canada Games All-Star
  • Played for CNY Redhawks club lacrosse
  • Intended Major: Sports Management

Sean Westley | 6'0" 180 | Freshman | Whitby, Ontario / The Hill Academy | Attack

  • Teammates with Brodie Anderson and Brett Dobson at The Hill Academy
  • Helped lead team to two consecutive GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals championships
  • Also played for Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association
  • In 16 games with the Peterborough Lakers, collected 15 goals and 41 assists
  • Selected to the National Lacrosse Classic
  • Intended Major: Business

Will Whitney | 6'0" 175 | Freshman | Buffalo, N.Y. / West Seneca East | Defense/LSM

  • Awarded high school Athlete of the Month
  • Sister, Hailey Whitney, played lacrosse at Buffalo State
  • Six of his high school teammates went on to play lacrosse collegiately 
  • Intended Major: Finance

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