ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse head coach Randy Mearns has announced the addition of a new group of student-athletes who have joined the program beginning this fall.
Austin Holley, Tyler Muir, Nick Porfilio, Connor Steria, Cam Germain, Liam Linden, Tage Hoeg, Jack Rogers join the program as freshmen while Matthew Cromie comes to the Bonnies as a graduate transfer and Nick Slattery as a redshirt sophomore.
"The guys that have joined us all have very high lacrosse IQ. They're all really talented and will be pushing for spots, even as freshmen," Mearns said. "We were filling gaps in what we were missing as we continue to build the foundation for our program. This class really builds our defensive core and filled a need from the faceoff standpoint.
"Through the first two weeks of practice, we have been really impressed with what these guys are going to bring to us. We have more depth and they're going to help push everyone else forward."
An All-Conference player at Lake Erie College the past two seasons, Cromie led his squad with 30 goals and 35 total points in 2019 while starting all 14 games and helping the team to the conference postseason. In the shortened 2020 spring season, he was red hot, posting 24 total points – 13 goals and 11 assists – in six games. A native of Oakville, Ontario, he began his collegiate career at Newberry (S.C.) College. He is currently working on his MBA.
Holley was a dominant force in the faceoff circle during his high school career, helping St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute to a Monsignor Martin lacrosse championship in 2019. While at St. Joe's, he won 77 percent of his faceoff opportunities, taking 332 victories. Along with the school faceoff wins record, he also holds the school's groundballs record with 218 in one season. He transferred from Hilton High School in Section V and ranked fourth nationally in faceoff wins. He plans to major in film and video production and earned All-State honors during his high school career.
Muir is a goalkeeper from Pottstown, Pa. He finished his high school days at The Calverton School with a career save percentage of over 74 percent, taking Metro Independent Lacrosse League First Team honors. He played club with the Philadelphia Freedom, posting a goals against average of just 2.4. A National Honor Society major in the classroom, he plans to major in business.
Porfilio joins the Bonnies from Milwaukee, Wisc. Where he was a long-stick midfielder at Nicolet High School. His team's most valuable player and an Honor Roll student, he plans to major in business management.
Steria becomes the second member of his family on the Bona roster. A midfielder from Baldwinsville, N.Y., he joins his brother, David, who is a defender in his third year at St. Bonaventure. He plans to major in finance.
Germain is a defender from Victor, N.Y. where he was his team's defensive MVP. Also a team captain at Victor High, he was named to the New York State "Players to Watch" List in three consecutive seasons and was a member of the 3D National Team. Also an Honors student, he is majoring in finance.
Linden, a defender from Amityville, N.Y., was named one of Long Island's top lacrosse players while starring at St. Dominic High. He caused 68 turnovers as a sophomore, then finished with 79 caused turnovers and picked up 68 groundballs as a junior. He earned CHSAA First Team All-League honors twice and helped his team to the Class A State Championship. Linden was also a standout on the football field. He will major in physical education.
Hoeg plays midfield and attack and is a product of East Aurora, N.Y. An All-League selection, he scored 24 goals with 25 assists at East Aurora High. An Honor Roll student, he plans to major in marketing.
A midfielder from Irondequoit, N.Y., Slattery played at Irondequoit High where he scored 39 goals and added 16 assists. He plans to major in finance.
A native of East Aurora, N.Y., Rogers totaled 45 goals, 47 assists and 102 groundballs at East Aurora High School. He also earned First Team All-League honors. He is majoring in marketing.
The Bonnies return 31 players from last season's roster and began fall workouts this month.
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