The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team has a quick turnaround as it heads to the Capital Region to face Siena Tuesday afternoon in a MAAC contest. The game will be the first mid-week contest for the Bonnies after hosting Detroit Mercy this past Saturday night.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: After hosting their home-opener vs. Detroit Mercy Saturday night, the Bonnies have their quickest turnaround to date with another road trip – a trek to the Albany area to face Siena Tuesday afternoon. The Bonnies will be at home just twice more this season and not again until April 2.
CHECK ANOTHER BOX: The Bonnies continue to have more firsts in program history with the latest being their first game on home turf. Bona led early against Detroit Mercy as Matthew DeGirolamo made some Bona history with the first home goal for the Brown and White as he found the back of the net with 11:22 left in the first quarter.
SPEAKING OF FIRSTS: If there's one thing the Bonnies have been able to do well in their first season thus far it is scoring first. In each of their two MAAC games so far, St. Bonaventure has struck first – at Manhattan on Feb. 23, Jackson Rose scored the game's first goal just 50 seconds in. Last Saturday vs. Detroit, it was Matthew DeGirolamo who gave his squad the lead just over four and a half minutes into the contest.
FIRST GOALS FOR KILLCOMMONS: Freshman John Killcommons added his name to the list of Bonnies to score their first collegiate goals this season when he tallied a strike 2:17 before the end of the first half Saturday vs. Detroit. Killcommons, who joined the Bonnies for the spring semester and made his collegiate debut Feb. 23 at Manhattan, scored again with 8:11 left in the fourth for his second goal and tied with fellow freshman Austin Blumbergs for the team lead in goals vs. the Titans.
ANOTHER FIRST-TIMER HERE: Nick Conklin also scored his first career goal Saturday vs. Detroit. While the goal was his first point of the year, Conklin leads the Bonnies in groundballs (13) and is second on the squad in caused turnovers (six).
IN THE CLEAR: One spot where the Bonnies have made great strides in their first four games is in clears – though the team has a 74 percent success rate on the year, the Bonnies were successful in 27 of 31 clear attempts March 9 vs. Detroit Mercy. In two MAAC games, the Bonnies have been clearing at an 83 percent success rate after going 18-for-28 at both Saint Joseph's and High Point.
MAN-UP: Another area where the Bonnies improved in their last time out was in man-up situations. SBU went 3-for-9 Saturday vs. Detroit Mercy – in three previous games, the team was just 1-for-9.
EVERY BONNIE HAS ITS ROSE: Freshman Jackson Rose wrote his name into the program record books by scoring the Bonnies' first MAAC goal just 50 seconds into the game at Manhattan Feb. 23. It was the first of four goals on the day for the Texas native as he tallied the first hat trick in program history and – through three games – owns the Bona record for goals and points in a game. Rose, who started the fall season with the other startup NCAA Division I program, Utah, joined the Bonnies for the spring semester and scored his first collegiate goals in the Manhattan game.
GO WEST, YOUNG SEAN: Freshman Sean Westley made Bonnies history on Feb. 9 when he scored the program's first goal, a tally with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter at Saint Joseph's. Later in that game, he became the first Bonnies player to score multiple times in one game as he beat the keeper again late in the third. March 9 vs. Detroit Mercy, Westley handed out three assists – another team-best this season. Through four games, Westley leads the Bonnies in all offensive categories with five goals, seven assists and 12 points. His 20 shot attempts are also a team-high.
CAGE DUO: St. Bonaventure head coach Randy Mearns has two solid options when it comes to the goalkeeper position. Freshmen Brett Dobson and Ben Mazur have alternated starts through four games with both players likely to continue seeing reps as the season continues. A key part of back-to-back GEICO national champions with The Hill Academy, Dobson was the MAAC Rookie of the Week Feb. 4 after making 23 saves at High Point, then made 12 more stops Feb. 23 at Manhattan. A high school All-American, Mazur got the start Feb. 9 at Saint Joseph's and made 14 saves in the cage. In his next effort March 9 vs. Detroit Mercy, Mazur faced 52 shots and was able to make 15 saves with five groundballs.
ABOUT SIENA: Siena has an opportunity to already match its win total from a year ago as it enters Tuesday's match 2-2 overall after going 3-9 last year including a 1-5 record in MAAC play. In the season's first month, the Saints have scored wins at UMass-Lowell (16-15, OT) and this past Saturday at home over St. John's (18-10). Picked sixth in the preseason MAAC Coaches' Poll, the Saints are under first-year head coach Liam Gleason who oversees a squad that includes preseason All-MAAC Short Stick Midfielder Nick Pepe as well as senior Mike Reilly and sophomore Keenan Cook who were among the team's top scorers a year ago. Cook and Reilly lead the team again this year with 13 and 14 goals respectively while Jack Kiernan has nine goals as well. As a team, the Saints are averaging 15 goals per game for goalkeeper Aaron Lewis who owns a .422 save percentage in the cage with 38 saves.
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