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Westley Scores Hat Trick as Men's Lacrosse Drops 17-10 Final at Siena

Sean Westley scored three goals for the Bonnies at Siena. (Photo: Craig Melvin)
Sean Westley scored three goals for the Bonnies at Siena. (Photo: Craig Melvin)

Box Score (PDF)

Three Keys To The Game:

  • Siena opened the game on an 8-1 break during the first quarter and weathered a 4-0 run from the Bonnies early in the second quarter to retain control.
  • Sean Westley scored a career-high three goals for SBU.
  • Three Bonnies - Austin Blumbergs, John Killcommons and Matthew DeGirolamo - each had two goals apiece.

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Sean Westley tallied his first career hat trick, but a slow start proved too much to overcome for the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team at Siena Tuesday afternoon as the Bonnies fell in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, 17-10.

St. Bonaventure (0-5, 0-3 MAAC) played the Saints (3-2, 1-0) even through the final three quarters, 9-9. Unfortunately for the Bonnies, an 8-1 first quarter in favor of the Saints proved to be the difference.

The Bonnies had struck first in each of their previous two MAAC games, but that would not be the case Tuesday as the Saints overwhelmed the visitors over the first 15 minutes.

Siena scored just 27 seconds into the contest on a strike from Dylan Pantalone that would start a 6-0 break for the hosts in the first eight minutes of play.

Austin Blumbergs ended the Siena siege with a goal off an assist from Cian Collins with 6:19 to play in the opening quarter, but Siena scored twice more before the final whistle to extend the lead back to seven.

Four straight goals from the Bonnies in the first three minutes of the second – one each from Jackson Rose and Blumbergs as well as two from Westley – brought Bona right back into the game at 8-5 with 12:09 left in the half.

Siena called for time and following the timeout immediately resumed control.

Mike Reilly and Keenan Cook each scored in the minute following the Saints timeout to start another 5-0 break that pushed Siena back in front, 13-5 at the half.

Matthew DeGirolamo scored 32 seconds into the second half for the Brown and White, but two more Siena goals pushed the Saints lead back to 15-6.

The Bonnies made another charge with four straight goals – back-to-back scores from John Killcommons just 19 seconds apart ended the scoring in the third before DeGirolamo and Westley teamed for the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Bona pulled within 15-10 with 10:18 to play, but could get no closer.

For Siena, Pantalone and Jack Kiernan each had hat tricks to power the offense.

Brett Dobson made 13 saves in 44 minutes of work in the cage for the Bonnies.

The Bonnies return to action next Tuesday for a non-conference game at nationally-ranked Cornell.

GAME NOTES:

  • Siena was successful in 20 of 22 clear attempts while Bonaventure finished 16-for-21.
  • The Saints won 21 of 30 faceoffs.
  • Westley, who had seven shots on the day, posted the second hat trick in program history and was one off the program record of four goals scored by Rose last month at Manhattan.
  • Bona went 1-for-4 in extra-man opportunities while Siena was 0-for-1.
  • Nick Conklin and DeGirolamo had three groundballs apiece for the Bonnies.
  • Collins, Rose, John Fox, Dominic Madlang and Daire Newbrough all had one assist for the Bonnies.

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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