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Men's Lacrosse To Play First-Ever MAAC Game at Manhattan

ST. BONAVENTURE at MANHATTAN
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 1:00 p.m. 
Riverdale, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team makes history again on Saturday afternoon as it heads to Manhattan for its first-ever MAAC game, taking on the Jaspers outside New York City.

ENTRANCE OF THE MAAC: The Bonnies are making their debut in the MAAC conference Saturday. It will be the first conference game of the season for any MAAC teams and the only MAAC game this weekend. The conference includes Detroit Mercy, Canisius, Manhattan, Siena, Monmouth, Marist, Quinnipiac and St. Bonaventure.

GO WEST, YOUNG SEAN: Freshman attack Sean Westley made history in the Bonnies last game against St. Joe's, scoring the first goal in program history with 10:04 remaining the first quarter. He also became the first multi-goal scorer when he beat the keeper with 14 seconds left in the third. Westley also had a helpful Saturday, assisting on Austin Blumbergs' first career goal late in the third and Cian Collins' man-up goal right after halftime. It earned him the first-ever multi-assist game in St. Bonaventure history.
 
YOUTH IS SERVED: While it is true that two programs will play at the Division I level for the first time in men's lacrosse this season, the back stories are quite different. Utah, while just now joining the D-I level and helping to plant another flag for men's lacrosse in the West, has competed in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), a confederacy of eight non-varsity college lacrosse conference featuring over 180 teams across 43 states. Bonaventure, on the other hand, is a true start-up program, with only one season of fall ball under its belt before playing official Division I games this spring. The Bonnies boast 33 freshmen on their inaugural roster along with two transfers (junior Nik Clinton and sophomore Daire Newbrough) as well as two players who moved from Bona's existing club team to the Division I program (sophomore Ethan Pryor and the team's lone senior, Michael Caulfield).
 
BONNIES IN THE CITY: Saturday will be a big day for New York City area St. Bonaventure alumni as not only is the men's lacrosse team at Manhattan for a 1 p.m. game, the Bonnies' men's basketball team is at Fordham at 4:30 p.m., providing a Bona doubleheader opportunity for many fans. 
 
NO LOWS ON HIGH POINT: The Bonnies debut opponent, the High Point Panthers, have been rolling since taking down St. Bonaventure 13-0 in the season-opening contest. High Point took down No. 2 Duke 13-9 in Durham and No. 9 Virginia 14-13 in Charlottesville after playing the Bonnies. 
 
BONNIES MAKE HISTORY WITH DEBUT OF MEN'S LACROSSE: St. Bonaventure played its first game as an NCAA Division I program when it traveled to High Point last Saturday. Head coach Randy Mearns has been fond of counting down to all of the firsts in program history - and that game took place 683 days after St. Bonaventure made the announcement that it would establish a Division I men's lacrosse program back in March 2017. St. Bonaventure joins Utah as one of two new Division I men's lacrosse teams in 2019, bringing the total to 73 D-I programs nationwide.
 
FIRST SIX: Six freshmen cracked the scoreboard during the Feb. 9 game at Saint Joseph's for their first career goals (as well as SBU's first goals) - Austin Blumbergs, Cian Collins, Sean Westley, Brandon Oakes, Zach Belter and Matthew DeGirolamo.
 
BIG MAZUR ON CAMPUS: Freshman Ben Mazur earned his first career start in the cage against St. Joe's, and turned in an impressive performance by saving 13 of the 28 shots he faced over 60 minutes.
 

ABOUT MANHATTAN: Manhattan enters the conference matchup 1-2 and have lost two straight to Lafayette and the Virginia Military Institute after winning their season-opening contest over Wagner 11-10. Unlike the Bonnies, who've had the last two weeks off, Manhattan last played this Tuesday when they fell to the Leopards 13-5. Last season, the Jaspers finished 4-10 and 0-6 in conference play. From last year's roster, Manhattan returns top scorer Parker Giarratana who finished with 23 and already has seven this season.