The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team heads to Central New York on Wednesday evening for a non-conference battle at No. 19/20 Hobart. St. Bonaventure will look to curb the momentum of a surging Hobart squad that is 7-1 and has won five straight.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 3 – Bonnies freshman Sean Westley ranks third in the MAAC in assists per game this season (1.57).
- 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.
- 6 – Freshman Austin Blumbergs has scored a goal in six straight games entering Wednesday.
- 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.
- 112 – The St. Bonaventure and Hobart campuses are just 112 miles apart – the shortest road trip the Bonnies will make this season.
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. That started what has become a continuing trend as Westley leads the Bonnies – and ranks among the MAAC's top players – in most offensive categories. Bona's leader in goals (10), assists (11) and points (21), the Whitby, Ontario native ranks third in MAAC play among all conference players with 3.5 points per game during MAAC games. He's also fifth in assists per game (1.75).
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. Both players are among the MAAC leaders as well – Dobson is fourth for the year among all conference players in saves per game (13.2) while Mazur is eighth (8.33). Dobson is also tied for fourth in save percentage (.545) while Mazur is eighth (.495). March 23 at Quinnipiac, Mazur made 12 first half saves.
BLUMBERGS' STREAK CONTINUES: Austin Blumbergs continued an impressive streak when he scored at Quinnipiac this past Saturday. Saturday's goal marked his sixth straight game with at least one goal – his only scoreless game of the year came in the season-opener at High Point. For the season, Blumbergs ranks second on the team with eight goals including a pair of two-goal efforts vs. Detroit Mercy and at Siena in MAAC action.
ROSE RIGHT ON TARGET: Jackson Rose has made an impact during MAAC play this season. The transfer from Utah, Division I's other first-year program, is tied for third on the team with seven goals on the year – all coming in four MAAC games. Rose has made the most of his shot attempts this season – for the year 84.6 percent of his shots have been on goal. On the season he also has a team-best 53.8 shot percentage.
THE CIAN TO SUCCESS: Cian Collins had perhaps his best performance of the season March 23 at Quinnipiac, posting the first multi-goal game of his career. Collins scored twice against the Bobcats and added an assist for a career-high three points. For the year he ranks second on the team with five assists and tied for second in points with nine.
CONKLIN'S CAREER DAY: Nick Conklin has turned in a strong debut effort this season, leading the Bonnies in both caused turnovers (13) and ground balls (23). He set a team season-high with four caused turnovers March 23 at Quinnipiac and also scooped up five ground balls, most by any Bonnies field player this spring.
THE FOX AND THE ASSISTS: John Fox continued to be a strong contributor on the Bona attack this past Saturday at Quinnipiac, registering his first multi-point game as a collegiate player. Fox handed out two assists during the game and now has four helpers on the year.
TURNING THEM OVER: Bona's defense continues to improve as the season goes along. The Bonnies forced Quinnipiac into 13 turnovers this past Saturday and caused 20 turnovers vs. Detroit Mercy and 18 at NEC front-runner Saint Joseph's earlier in the year. For the season, the Bonnies' defense is causing an average of 7.71 caused turnovers per game, a total that ranks fourth in the MAAC.
KILLING TIME: St. Bonaventure has proven strong on the penalty kill in its first season. The Bonnies have had an 81.5 percent success rate in killing penalties this year, allowing just five goals in 27 attempts. Among MAAC teams, only Manhattan has been better on the penalty kill this year (85.0 percent).
IN THE CLEAR: SBU continues to improve on its clearing ability as the season goes along. In the March 23 game at Quinnipiac, the Bonnies had their best success rate of the year, going 20-for-22 in clear attempts.
- Hobart is ranked No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll and No. 20 in the national coaches' poll.
- The Statesmen enter Wednesday red-hot with consecutive wins over Sacred Heart (10-9), Colgate (12-6), Wagner (13-7), Vermont (17-11) and Binghamton (16-7). Hobart's only loss this year was to then-No. 3 Cornell, 19-16.
- Hobart ranks second in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 15.88 goals per game. Junior Eric Holden is 12th in the country with three goals per game while Jason Knox is also in the nation's top 30 with 23 goals.
- Hobart has won 65 percent of its face-offs this year, good for fifth in the nation.
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