Box Score (PDF)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Nationally-ranked Lehigh started strong and never looked back on the way to a 17-3 victory over the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon.
Lehigh, ranked No. 17 in the country and the fourth nationally-ranked team the Bonnies have played this season, jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter.
The Mountain Hawks (8-5) matched their first quarter tally with six more goals in the second quarter, keeping Bonnies starting goalkeeper Ben Mazur under attack throughout the first half. Lehigh fired 34 shots during the first half, though Mazur was able to make 13 saves in the first 30 minutes.
Matthew DeGirolamo got the Bonnies on the board with his team-best 15th goal of the year with 7:49 left before halftime, connecting off a pass from Austin Blumbergs who was credited with his third assist on the season.
That would be the only goal of the first half for SBU, though, as the visitors were held off the scoreboard until Sean Westley scored on the man-up at the 11:52 mark of the third. For Westley, it was his 13th goal of the season to rank second on the roster while his 26 points lead the Bonnies this spring.
From there, Lehigh went on another 4-0 run before Jackson Rose also scored with a man-advantage late in the fourth quarter for his ninth goal in his debut campaign.
Brett Dobson played the second half in the cage and finished with five saves.
Nick Conklin, the MAAC leader in caused turnovers per game, was right near his season average with two more on the afternoon to go along with five ground balls. To go along with his goal, DeGirolamo picked up three ground balls as did John Killcommons.
For the day, Lehigh owned a 56-19 advantage in shots, picked up a whopping 52 ground balls and won 20 of 23 faceoffs. Bona went 19-for-21 in clear attempts and Lehigh was 15-for-18.
The Bonnies head to Marist on Tuesday for the season finale.
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