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HIGH POINT, N.C. – After 638 days of work to put a team in place between the official announcement of the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse Division I program and its first game, the Bonnies finally started their new era at High Point Saturday afternoon.
And though the Bonnies offense was stifled by the Panthers in a 13-0 High Point victory, Saturday had the feeling of being more important than just one game.
"We're a young group of freshmen trying to get better every day," St. Bonaventure head coach Randy Mearns said. "Stick work was a little sloppy. We were kind of tentative, but it's all part of the learning experience. We've said all along this wasn't going to be easy, but we are going through this journey together and we have a long way to go."
The teams stayed scoreless for over five minutes before High Point, which went 6-1 in the Southern Conference last season, got on the board with a goal from Chris Young.
Young would ultimately find the net four times – but a stellar outing from Bonnies freshman goalkeeper Brett Dobson kept things relatively close. At halftime it was a 7-0 score before the Panthers put away any doubt with four more tallies in the third quarter.
And though the final score might not show it, Dobson put together an impressive performance.
Despite facing 62 shots, Dobson continually made highlight reel stops and finished with 23 total saves on the afternoon.
"Brett Dobson had a day. He's a phenomenal goalie. He stood on his head all day," Mearns emphasized.
St. Bonaventure, playing with 33 freshmen – most in the nation this year, showed its youth, however. The Bonnies were 18-for-28 in clear attempts and turnovers plagued them throughout the day.
"We have to do a better job on clearing. When you're failing clears you're giving up possessions," Mearns said. "We were able to get back and forth into a zone and man-to-man pretty well. Faceoffs we have to work on and certainly on offense. But those are the learning experiences."
The Bonnies did create opportunities. High Point goalkeeper Tim Troutner made six saves including turning away some of Bona's best chances before halftime when Nick Conklin, Cian Collins, Matthew DeGirolamo and John Fox peppered shots during the last two minutes before intermission.
Defensively, Bona caused seven turnovers – Brodie Anderson and Conklin each had two.
The Bonnies are back in action next Saturday, Feb. 9 at Saint Joseph's. That contest is slated to begin at noon.
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