ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team is set to hit the field for the first time and when it does, six captains will help lead the way.
Head coach Randy Mearns has announced the first team captains since the program was reborn – junior Nik Clinton, sophomore Daire Newbrough and freshmen Zack Belter, Brett Dobson, Matthew DeGirolamo, and Ben Mazur.
"It's no secret that leadership is essential to build a strong and dedicated culture that leads to success. I believe our 2019 leadership group possess the positive, competitive and team-first characteristics needed to establish and build our culture," Mearns said. "Each has the respect of their teammates and coaches as well as a true understanding of what it means to be a Bonnie."
Clinton, a native of Loveland, Co., is the veteran-most player on the Bonnies roster for 2019. A transfer from Adams State, he has two seasons of collegiate lacrosse already under his belt. Clinton, who plays midfield and attack, started all 14 games for Adams State as a freshman, finishing the year with 18 points. He scored four goals with five assists in 11 games as a sophomore before transferring to St. Bonaventure.
Newbrough, a midfielder from Waterloo, Ontario, also is a transfer with previous collegiate playing experience. He played one season at Ohio Valley University where he started 11 of 12 games played last spring. He finished the year with 17 goals, 14 assists and 31 points before making his way to Western New York.
The other four captains are all members of Bonaventure's extensive freshman class.
A long stick midfielder from North Tonawanda, N.Y., Belter was named to the U.S. Lacrosse All-America list and also captured All-Western New York First Team honors at Niagara Wheatfield High School.
DeGirolamo, who will play attack and midfield, was named First Team Midwest while playing for Kiski Prep. The Vermilion, Alberta native is familiar with playing at a high level – his brother was drafted by the Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League.
Dobson, a goalkeeper from Oshawa, Ontario, helped the prestigious program at The Hill Academy to back-to-back GEICO national championships before coming to SBU. He was also part of nine Ontario Provincial Lacrosse championships – five in box and four in field – among other accolades.
Mazur gives the Bonnies another goalkeeper with a lengthy resume. The native of Lancaster, N.Y. was another U.S. Lacrosse All-American and was also selected as an Under Armour Underclassman All-American for his work in the cage. A four-year starter at Lancaster High, he made 509 career saves with a 6.50 goals against average.
The Bonnies, who will be full members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), open the 2019 season with their first game action at High Point (N.C.).
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