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Collins, Rose Score Twice as Bonnies Battle at Quinnipiac in 12-7 Setback

Collins, Rose Score Twice as Bonnies Battle at Quinnipiac in 12-7 Setback

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Three Keys To The Game

  • Four Bonnies had multi-point efforts to keep things close with last season's MAAC regular season champions.
  • Ben Mazur made 12 first half saves.
  • Quinnipiac was relentless against a solid Bonaventure defensive effort, with three players scoring twice including a hat trick from Foster Cuomo. 

HAMDEN, Conn. – A strong effort from the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team came up short Saturday afternoon, but saw the upstart program take another step forward in a 12-7 final at one of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) front-runners, Quinnipiac.

Cian Collins scored twice and handed out an assist and Jackson Rose also found the net for two goals. Sean Westley scored and handed out two assists as well while John Fox also had a pair of helpers.

Quinnipiac, last season's MAAC regular season champs after going undefeated during the conference regular season, showed its strength early.

The Bobcats (5-3, 2-0 MAAC) struck for the game's first four goals, but the Bonnies would make things close before the half.

Matthew DeGirolamo got the Bonnies on the board after  Fox worked up top for a feed where DeGirolamo was able to score directly in front with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

Quinnipiac moved ahead 5-1 with the first goal of the second period, but Collins got the Bonnies back within three by racing around the defense on the far side of the field, beating the Bobcats keeper to the right for a 5-2 score.

The teams continued to alternate goals, but the Bonnies made it a 6-3 tally at halftime when Sean Westley worked behind the net, dishing in front to Austin Blumbergs who deposited a shot into the net to stretch his scoring streak to six straight games.

Two goals back-to-back in the first four minutes of the third helped the Bobcats keep control of the game while the only tally of the quarter for the Bonnies went to Westley. The freshman took a pass from Collins and whipped a shot through traffic for a 9-4 score heading for the fourth.

Down 10-4, it appeared that Bonaventure would finish the game quietly, but that was not to be.

A pair of goals within less than two minutes – first, a bouncer from Collins for his second of the day, then a missile from Rose following a pass from Fox – brought the score to 10-6 with 8:36 remaining.

Following a timeout, Quinnipiac quelled the Bonnies momentum, however, on a goal from Jake Tomsik top shelf with 7:46 to play.

Rose added his second of the afternoon with a shot in front late in the going to complete the Bona scoring.

Quinnipiac kept Bonnies goalkeepers under attack with 64 shots – Ben Mazur started and made 12 saves during the first half. Brett Dobson played the second half and turned away nine shots.

The Bonnies have a mid-week non-conference game ahead next Wednesday, heading to Geneva, N.Y. to play at Hobart with opening faceoff set for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • The Bonnies had their best day clearing the ball this season as they were successful in 20 of 22 clear attempts.
  • St. Bonaventure committed a season-low 14 turnovers and forced 13.
  • Nick Conklin had team-highs with five groundballs and four caused turnovers. The five groundballs are the most this season by any Bonnies field player.
  • Westley entered the day ranked among the MAAC's top 10 in goals, assists and points and tied a career high with three assists Saturday, matching a total he set vs. Detroit Mercy two weeks ago. Fox also posted his first career multi-point game.
  • Collins had his first multi-goal game after entering Saturday with two goals on the season. Rose, meanwhile, had his second multi-goal contest along with a four-goal effort Feb. 23 at Manhattan.
  • Zack Belter also picked up four ground balls.

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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