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Bonnies Visit Cleveland State In Weekend Non-Conference Matchup

Bonnies Visit Cleveland State In Weekend Non-Conference Matchup

ST. BONAVENTURE (0-9, 0-5 MAAC) vs. CLEVELAND STATE (5-6)
Saturday, April 6 – 12:00 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio – Krenzler Field
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The St. Bonaventure University men's lacrosse team travels to Cleveland State Saturday for a weekend non-conference matchup. Face-off is slated for 12:00 p.m.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 2 – SBU is entering its 10th game as a Division I program, but only have played two contests on home turf. The Bonnies will play 10 of 13 games away from home in their first year.
  • 5 – Cleveland State has played five ranked opponents this season.
  • 8 – St. Bonaventure's defense causes on average eight turnovers per game from opponents. Bona's 8.0 caused turnovers per game stands third in the MAAC this year.
  • .671 – Prior to Tuesday's game, none of the opponents the Bonnies had faced so far this season have a losing record. In fact, the Bonnies have played three teams inside the nation's Top 20 (Cornell, High Point, Hobart) and overall Bona opponents have a .671 winning percentage this year.

TOUGH TESTS: St. Bonaventure has certainly tested itself in its first season as an NCAA Division I program and the Bonnies will know exactly what it takes to ascend at this level as they have faced three teams currently inside the nation's Top 20 poll (Cornell, High Point, Hobart). All of Bona's first seven opponents had a record of .500 or better as of March 31 and had a combined winning percentage of .671.

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 (11), assists (12) and points (24), the Whitby, Ontario native ranks fourth in MAAC play among all conference players with 1.33 assists per game during MAAC games.

DEGIROLAMO POSTS FIRST HAT TRICK: In the Bonnies' game at No. 19/20 Hobart March 27, Matthew DeGirolamo scored a team-high three goals for his first career hat trick. The Vermilion, Alberta native became the third Bonnies player to record a hat trick this season, joining Sean Westley and Jackson Rose.

CONKLIN CLIMBING THE RANKS: Against Monmouth on April 2, Nick Conklin was stellar on the defensive end for the Bonnies. The Johnson City, N.Y. native picked up seven ground balls and caused five turnovers, the most in either category by a Bonnies player this season. Conklin leads the MAAC and ranks 20th in the NCAA with 2.0 caused turnovers per game.

ABOUT CLEVELAND STATE

  • Cleveland State enter Saturday's contest with an overall record of 5-6 and have won four out of its last six contests, including a three-game winning streak with victories over Mercer, Marquette and Lafayette. CSU is an independent in its third season, not affiliated with any conference.
  • Like the Bonnies, the Vikings have challenged themselves with this season's schedule, playing five opponents inside the NCAA Top-25 rankings. In those five contests against No. 15 Ohio State, No. 20 Michigan, No. 8 Denver, No. 15 North Carolina and No. 1 Penn State, the Vikings have fallen by an average of 4.6 goals.
  • The Vikings rank seventh in the NCAA as a team winning, 61.8 percent of their face-offs. Individually, Danny Tesler is winning 62.6 percent of his face-offs and ranks 12th in the NCAA in that category.
  • Sophomore Michael Wilson leads Cleveland State with 25 assists and 37 points. Tristan Hanna and Jason Sullivan are tied for second on the team with 22 points each, while Hanna is the team leader in goals with 17 scores.

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