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Bonnies Return To MAAC Play at Quinnipiac Saturday

Bonnies Return To MAAC Play at Quinnipiac Saturday

ST. BONAVENTURE at QUINNIPIAC
Saturday, March 23 - noon
Hamden, Conn.
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The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team returns to MAAC play with a trip to Connecticut and a Saturday afternoon date at Quinnipiac. 

WESTLEY LEADS THE CHARTS: 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. He then tallied a hat trick - the first of his career - at Siena March 12. For the year, Westley leads the Bonnies in points (18), goals (9), assists (9) and shots (31). He also ranks among the MAAC leaders in assists per game (1.67, 6th), points per game (3.67, 7th) and goals per game (2.00, 8th).
 
KILLCOMMONS MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshman John Killcommons got a late start to his Bonnies career - he joined the program for the spring semester and did not play for the team until the third game of the season. He's quickly taken a big role on the squad, though, scoring four goals in the past two games entering this week - two each vs. Detroit Mercy and then two more at Siena last Tuesday.
 
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 alternated starts through five 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. Dobson leads the MAAC in saves per game (17.5) and is second in save percentage (.556).
 
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 five 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. 
 
CHECK ANOTHER BOX: The Bonnies continue to have more firsts in program history with the latest being their first game on home turf March 9. 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.
 
IN THE CLEAR: One spot where the Bonnies have made strides in their first five 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 three MAAC games, the Bonnies have been clearing at an 81 percent success rate after going 18-for-28 at both Saint Joseph's and High Point.
 
ON THE GROUND: Freshman Nick Conklin enters the week leading the Bonnies in groundballs (16) - he also is second on the team in caused turnovers with seven, just behind longstick midfielder Zack Belter's nine.
 
MAAC-TION: Five Bonnies have scored four or more goals during three MAAC games so far - Sean Westley (6), Jackson Rose (5), Austin Blumbergs (5), Matthew DeGirolamo (5) and John Killcommons (4).
 
BY THE NUMBERS - BONNIES VS. QUINNIPIAC
  • 1.67 - Freshman Sean Westley ranks sixth among all MAAC players with 1.67 assists per game in three MAAC contests so far this season. 
  • 4 - Freshman Jackson Rose set what is, for now, a Bonnies program record with four goals at Manhattan in his MAAC debut. They were the first four goals of Rose's collegiate career. 
  • 5 - Freshman Austin Blumbergs has scored in five straight games - one each at Cornell, Saint Joseph's and Manhattan and two in each of the games vs. Detroit Mercy and at Siena. 
  • 10 - The Bonnies will be road warriors in their first season, playing 10 of 13 games away from home. The lack of home games came as a compromise for becoming full members of the MAAC in year one, joining the league officially in July.
  • 23 - Brett Dobson's 23 saves Feb. 2 at High Point are the most by any goalkeeper in the MAAC this year and tied for fourth nationally with Tommy Heidt of Michigan. The leader is Tate Boyce of Providence who had 27 saves in one game. 

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