Bonnies Drop Defensive Battle To Monmouth, 7-5

Matthew DeGirolamo was one of four Bonnies to find the net for a goal Tuesday. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)
Matthew DeGirolamo was one of four Bonnies to find the net for a goal Tuesday. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)

Box Score (PDF)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team scored the first three goals of the contest, but Monmouth pushed past for a 7-5 victory on a sunny afternoon Tuesday at the Marra Athletics Complex.

St. Bonaventure led 3-0 after 15 minutes of action, holding Monmouth scoreless in the first quarter.

Sean Westley got the Bonnies on the board less than 90 seconds into the game on a wrap around goal, beating the keeper low.

The Bonnies doubled their lead at the 10:56 mark of the first quarter.

Matthew DeGirolamo charged the right side of the field and ripped a shot past the keeper.

SBU moved ahead by three with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter when Cian Collins scored on the man-up. Collins tallied the eighth man-up goal of the year for the Bonnies when he took a pass from behind the cage by Westley and deposited his shot over the shoulder of Monmouth's keeper.

That score remained until the game was nearly 18 minutes old when Monmouth got on the board on a strike by Garrett Klurman.

Klurman's score started a run of five straight goals from the Hawks – the visitors tied the game with 4:04 left in the first half and scored a huge momentum-builder heading into the break when David Cormack scored with less than a second left on the clock.

Griffin Figel tallied the first goal of the second half at the 13:12 mark of the third for a 5-3 advantage.

Bona got back within one when Austin Blumbergs drove through traffic for a goal that left the game wide open heading for the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, the Hawks scored a man-up goal with 13:01 remaining in the fourth and gained some insurance with 5:12 left, 7-4.

SBU had a chance to get closer with just over seven minutes to go when Jackson Rose saw an opportunity following a Monmouth penalty, but his point-blank effort was denied by keeper Noah Lode.

Collins registered his second consecutive multi-goal game when he found the net with 2:08 remaining to close the scoring.

Nick Conklin turned in an outstanding defensive effort with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Brett Dobson made nine saves in the first half while Ben Mazur turned away five shots in the second half.

The Bonnies return to action Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State with a schedule start time of noon.

GAME NOTES:

  • Conklin's seven ground balls are the most by any Bonnies player this season as are his five caused turnovers. Conklin entered the game 46th nationally in caused turnovers per game.
  • Collins has six goals over the past three games. He also led the Bonnies with seven shot attempts Tuesday.
  • Monmouth had a 37-29 advantage in shots.
  • The Hawks went just 14-for-21 in clear attempts against the Bonnies defense while SBU went 19-for-25 in clear attempts.
  • The Bonnies entered the day ranked eighth in the nation in penalty kill, but allowed two man-up goals on Tuesday.
  • Monmouth committed 19 turnovers against the Bonnies defense.
  • Bona has allowed just one goal combined in the last two first quarters of action - before holding Monmouth scoreless Tuesday, SBU allowed just one goal in the first quarter last Wednesday vs. No. 19/20 Hobart.

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