Men's Lacrosse Welcomes Canisius Tuesday Night in Home Finale

The Bonnies will host their final home game of the season Tuesday night. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
The Bonnies will host their final home game of the season Tuesday night. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)

ST. BONAVENTURE (0-10, 0-5 MAAC) vs. CANISIUS (6-5, 2-1 MAAC)
Tuesday, April 9 – 7:00 p.m.
Marra Athletics Complex
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On Tuesday night at the Marra Athletics Complex, the Bonnies will host the final home game of their inaugural Division I season, hosting Canisius as the Little Three rivals face off in the sport of men's lacrosse for the first time since the rebirth of SBU's program.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 3 – Tuesday is Bonaventure's third and final home game this season. No other Division I team played fewer home games this year – a by-product of joining the MAAC in July. Many of Bona's road opponents will return to the Marra Athletics Complex next season.
  • 20 – Nick Conklin ranks tied for 14th nationally and the MAAC leader in caused turnovers per game this season with 20 total.
  • 42.1% - Jackson Rose has scored eight goals this season, but he leads the team in shot percentage at 42.1 percent.
  • 68.3% - Matthew DeGirolamo has fired 68.3 percent of his shot attempts on goal (28 of 41) this year, easily best on the team.
  • 257 – Bona head coach Randy Mearns was the leader of the Canisius program for 257 games over 19 seasons before taking the job at St. Bonaventure.

FAMILIAR FACES: For Tuesday's game, the storyline is obvious: St. Bonaventure head coach Randy Mearns was named the leader of the program in June 2017, but prior to that he spent 19 seasons at the helm of Canisius. Mearns, who played for the Griffs during his own undergraduate career, led Canisius to MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2012 and guided the Griffs to 100 victories. In 11 seasons, his Canisius teams were .500 or better in the MAAC. For his successes both as a player and a coach, he is a member of his alma mater's Hall of Fame.

CONKLIN CAUSES HAVOC: It was a week to remember last week for Nick Conklin as he continued what has been a tremendous rookie season. Last Tuesday against Monmouth, he set the program records for ground balls (7) and caused turnovers (5) and followed that up with his first two career assists along with five more ground balls and two caused turnovers Saturday at Cleveland State, also going 2-for-2 in the faceoff X. For the year, Conklin is the MAAC leader in caused turnovers per game (2.0 CT/gm) and ranks 14th in the nation. Among freshmen, only Peter Rizzotti of Dartmouth (2.11 CT/gm) has more caused turnovers per game in Division I while Conklin is tied with fellow freshmen Eric Flynn of UMass-Lowell and Chris Conlin of Holy Cross.

TURNING THEM OVER: Throughout the season, the Bonnies have been consistently improving defensively and one stat that shows that improvement is caused turnovers. For the year, the Bonnies are causing an average of 7.7 caused turnovers per game – that total ranks third in the MAAC and 42nd in the nation while Nick Conklin leads the conference in caused turnovers per game and long-stick midfielder Zack Belter ranks fifth.

GO WEST-LEY: 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 assists (12) and points (23), the Whitby, Ontario native ranks seventh in the MAAC in assists per game (1.20). Westley has been at his best in MAAC play, owning the team lead in goals (8), assists (8) and points (16).

AUSTIN ASCENDS: Austin Blumbergs has scored in seven of 10 games this year and is a true threat in man-up situations. The freshman has tallied three man-up goals on the season to lead the team and rank fourth in the MAAC.

CAGE DUO: Both Brett Dobson and Ben Mazur have seen extensive time in the cage this season, splitting reps over the entire season. The duo has been peppered with shots with a young group in front of them and the freshmen have responded well – despite playing 324 of 600 possible minutes this season, Dobson ranks 22nd in the nation in saves per game at 12.13 and his save percentage of .554 is 15th in the country and second in the MAAC behind only Brendan Krebs of Manhattan (.583). His 23 saves in the season opener at High Point ranks tied fourth for the most nationally this year. Mazur, meanwhile, has averaged nearly eight saves per game in over 275 minutes including a .486 save percentage.

CLASS OF ONE: The Bonnies will honor their lone – and first graduating senior on Tuesday night, Michael Caulfield. A native of Northport, N.Y., he was a member of Bona's club team before joining the Division I squad this spring.

LUCKY 13 FOR MATTY D: Matthew DeGirolamo has taken over the Bona lead in goals after a strong run as of late. March 27 at No. 19/20 Hobart, the Canadian native registered his first career hat trick, then also found the net April 2 vs. Monmouth. He enters the Canisius game on a four-game goal scoring streak after scoring twice April 6 at Cleveland State and now has a team-high 13 goals on the year.

ABOUT CANISIUS

  • Canisius enters Tuesday's match at 6-5 overall and 2-1 in MAAC play. After dropping their MAAC opener at home to Siena, 9-8, on March 23, the Griffs have bounced back with wins at Monmouth (12-2) and home against Quinnipiac (10-7).
  • Canisius ranks third in the MAAC in scoring offense at 10.7 goals per game and fourth in scoring defense, allowing 10.8 goals per contest.
  • Holden Garlent is second in the league in caused turnovers per game (1.73) while Mathi Boissonneault is fourth in goals per game (2.5) and best in MAAC shot percentage (.500). Brad Nordstrom owns a .545 save percentage while turning away over 12 shots per game.

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