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Fast Start Not Enough as Bonnies Drop Season Finale at Marist, 11-5

Nik Clinton scored his first goal of the season Tuesday night. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
Nik Clinton scored his first goal of the season Tuesday night. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – On Tuesday night, a fast start got St. Bonaventure out in front early, but a stifling defensive attack the rest of the way led Marist to an 11-5 victory in the Bonnies' regular season finale at Tenney Stadium.

At the end of the night, the Bonnies had more building blocks to use for the foundation of a program that wrapped up its initial Division I season with an 0-13 record while Marist improved to 7-5 and in the running for the MAAC regular season crown at 5-1 in league play.

Like many times this season, the Bonnies showed flashes of the promise they hope is to come.

Tuesday those flashes primarily came in the early going.

St. Bonaventure got an early man-up opportunity following a Marist penalty and took advantage. Cian Collins dished to John Killcommons up top and he rifled a shot to the right of the Red Foxes keeper at the 13:35 mark for the game's first goal and a lead for the Brown and White.

Just under three minutes later, the Bonnies doubled their lead as Matthew DeGirolamo found Nik Clinton for the junior's first goal in a Bonnies uniform and a 2-0 edge with 10:42 left in the opening quarter.

Bona kept Marist off the board for over eight minutes of game time before the Red Foxes finally scored on the man-advantage with a goal from Hunter Embury, and just 32 seconds later Jake Weinman tied the game.

The next seven minutes went scoreless and the teams took a 2-2 tie into the second quarter.

The Bonnies had chances throughout the first half to find the net, but went quietly through the second 15 minutes as Marist keeper Jake Macgregor made several saves to keep the visitors off the board.

Marist took a 7-2 lead to intermission and scored eight unanswered goals in all before the Bonnies finally ended the drought. Sean Westley posted his 14th goal of the season off an assist from Nick Conklin with 7:19 left in the third for an 8-3 score.

But by then Marist had a stranglehold it would not relinquish.

The Red Foxes were down 7-6 in shot attempts after one quarter, but ended up with a 53-23 shot margin by the time the final horn sounded. Much of that was due to Marist's success in the faceoff X – the hosts won 15 of 20 faceoffs on the night. Macgregor turned away nine shots for Marist to keep the Bonnies attack at bay.

The Bonnies scored their fourth goal late in the third with one of the best highlight reel scores of the season. John Fox took his defender one-on-one behind the net, racing around the side of the cage and flipping a shot high over his shoulder with his momentum taking him away from the net, firing past the keeper for a tremendous tally.

Collins would post the final goal of the season with 1:06 remaining, his 11th of the year.

Ben Mazur and Brett Dobson again split the game in the cage. Mazur started and made six saves during the first half while Dobson turned away 13 shots in his 30 minutes of action.


  • Bona went 24-for-26 in clear attempts, but were slowed by 19 turnovers.
  • Nick Conklin has been the MAAC's leader in caused turnovers per game for the majority of the season and finished with two more as well as two ground balls.
  • Westley finishes the season with a team-best 27 points including 14 goals, one off the team lead of 15 from Matthew DeGirolamo.
  • Dobson registered his sixth game of double digit saves.
  • Clinton not only scored his first goal with the Bonnies, but he also earned his first start of the year as well.

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