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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Freshman Jackson Rose tallied the first hat trick in the young history of the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team – and added a fourth goal for good measure – and the Bonnies showed well in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference debut, but it would not be enough as Manhattan grabbed a 15-12 decision Saturday afternoon.
The Bonnies (0-3, 0-1 MAAC) continued to take steps forward in just their third Division I game, however.
St. Bonaventure tallied season bests in goals, shots and numbers of players to register points in its first league contest against the Jaspers (2-2, 1-0).
Rose had not scored in his first two career games, but he would change that in a big way on Saturday as he became the first Bonnies player to post four goals in a contest, doing so on five shots. He also added three groundballs. Fellow freshmen Matthew DeGirolamo and Sean Westley each scored twice with DeGirolamo notching his first career multi-goal game.
St. Bonaventure enjoyed an early lead after Rose got the Bonnies on the board with his first collegiate goal less than a minute into the game for the 1-0 edge.
That lead would stand for over three minutes before the Jaspers tied things up, but Bona quickly responded on a strike from Fox. The first career goal from Fox at the 9:33 mark of the first quarter made it a 2-1 advantage.
The Bonnies remained in front for nearly five minutes before Manhattan evened things on a goal from Mike Lombardi. Lombardi's goal started a string of five unanswered scores from the Jaspers for a 6-2 cushion.
The Jaspers run was snapped with 8:28 remaining in the half when Blumbergs beat the goalkeeper for his second tally of the year and a 6-3 score.
Manhattan's advantage would grow to 9-3 with 4:41 left in the first half, but Rose scored off an assist from Westley before intermission and then the pair alternated goals to begin the second half as the Bonnies pulled within three.
Back-to-back goals from Manhattan gave the hosts some breathing room at 12-7, and the Jaspers would hold a 14-9 margin with just under 14 minutes left.
The Bonnies had a rally left, though, as DeGirolamo and Rose both scored unassisted at the 13:48 and 10:16 marks respectively. Westley then deposited a pass from Cian Collins into the net for a 14-11 score and still 9:42 to play.
From there, though, the scoring halted as neither side would score again until the clock was under a minute to go.
St. Bonaventure had opportunities to pull closer – the Bonnies put three shots on net over the next seven minutes that were turned away by Manhattan goalkeeper Brendan Krebs with strong saves.
A man-up goal from the Jaspers with 52 seconds remaining put things out of reach.
Collins and Westley both had a pair of assists for the Brown and White while Brett Dobson stopped 12 shots in the cage and Belter created a team-high three caused turnovers while adding four groundballs, as did Brandon Ramirez.
The faceoff X was a spot of trouble for the Bonnies as Manhattan dominated, winning 20 of 30 faceoffs on the day for the game's largest statistical discrepancy.
The Bonnies are back in action March 9 when they host their first-ever home game – another MAAC contest against Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. under the lights at the Marra Athletics Complex.
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