By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
Lacrosse was a natural fit for Blake Goris.
From the first time he saw the game, he knew he would want to play.
"The second I saw my first box lacrosse game I thought it was kind of like hockey which I had already played. I thought I would love the game and I did," he said.
Formerly a hockey goalie, Goris says that experience helped a lot with his footwork in the transition to his current role as a midfield and attacker for the Bonnies.
His first experience was with box lacrosse in his native Canada before moving to field lacrosse after several years.
The native of London, Ontario is one of 32 freshmen on the first NCAA Division I men's lacrosse team at St. Bonaventure.
For a team with so many guys who were previously unfamiliar with each other, this fall has served as a time for the squad to gel before the season officially begins next spring.
"My first impression of my teammates was great. We all went out to the field the first day and started shooting around and introducing ourselves," he said. "We were all sweating buckets, just letting shots rip. It was good from the start."
Being one of two brand new Division I programs in the nation, the eyes of the lacrosse world are on St. Bonaventure in its first season. Goris and his teammates are embracing that responsibility and enjoying the attention the development of the program has been receiving.
"The support has been great; I get messages from people back home in Canada about how they've seen stuff on social media," he said. "Like when we had the helmet reveal, I was hearing from people saying the helmets are crazy. It's just been amazing."
Like many of his Canadian teammates, the opportunity to play for Team Canada coach Randy Mearns has been one he's excited to embrace.
"Both Coach Mearns and Coach Schunke are great guys who are really approachable," Goris said. "They make you feel at home and really make us all want to play hard."
Goris and the Bonnies are set to begin their fall schedule Sept. 22 in a scrimmage vs. John Carroll at Ellicottville High School.
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