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Bonnies Open 2021 With First Victory; Down Quinnipiac, 13-6

Bonnies Open 2021 With First Victory; Down Quinnipiac, 13-6

CHESHIRE, Conn. - The St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's lacrosse team led wire-to-wire in an impressive, season-opening 13-6 victory at Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon.

The win was the first in program history for the Bonnies since the birth of the program in the spring of  2019. 

Third-year attack Austin Blumbergs was on target all day on the offensive end with six total points, connecting on three goals and handing out three assists to power the Bonnies scoring effort. The six points are a single-game program record.

Jake Rosa added five points of his own with two goals and three assists and Sean Westley netted four pointswith a pair of goals and assists.

In the net, Brett Dobson shut down the Bobcats all afternoon with 14 total saves. 

The Bonnies cracked the scoreboard first five minutes into the opening quarter when Mark Belles scooped up a groundball off a deflected shot and shoveled it past the Bobcats keeper.

From there, St. Bonaventure (1-0) went on a 3-0 run to capture the momentum with goals coming off the sticks of Blumbergs and Jackson Rose

Quinnipiac (0-1) fought back with two goals of their own to make it 3-2 after the first 15 minutes, but the Bonnies captured total control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back.

Right out of the gate in the second, Zach Owens, assisted by Blumbergs, beat the keeper and spurred a 6-2 Bonnies run that would end in a 9-4 halftime lead for the Brown and White. 

During that stretch, Belles netted his second of the day, Rosa and Westley their first of two, and Brett Beetow tallied his first of the season. 

After halftime, Blumbergs continued the momentum for SBU. Two quick goals, both off assists from Westley, kept the Bobcats at a five goal deficit, and Owens and Westley shut the door late with one goal each to stretch the Bonnies lead to seven, 13-6, at the end of the third quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, Dobson had all the highlights. The net minder stonewalled the Bobcats with three saves to keep the hosts at bay and secure the Bonnies' lead.

Defensively, the Bonnies had everything working. Outside of Dobson, the SBU man-up until held Quinnipiac to zero goals on five attempts and only allowed 19 of the Bobcats' 37 shots to be on goal. 

Zack Belter caused two turnovers and picked up a pair of groundballs while freshman Austin Holley won nine of 19 faceoff attempts.

Saturday's game will not count toward MAAC standings as this weekend was a "preliminary round" in the conference-only schedule.

Next up for the Bonnies is a date with Detroit Mercy on the road in Detroit, the first game of the year counting toward conference standings, on Saturday, March 13.

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