The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team travels to Michigan this weekend to faceoff against Detroit Mercy Saturday afternoon in what will be the first game of the year which counts toward the MAAC standings. Last weekend's games were considered a "preliminary round" and did not count for any of the teams toward the season MAAC standings. The remainder of the conference-only slate will go toward conference records.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies had a history-making day last Saturday, scoring the first victory in the rebirth of the program with a convincing 13-6 decision at Quinnipiac. Bona led 9-4 at halftime and controlled the entire game, locking down the host Bobcats by holding them to just two second half goals. The victory was made more impressive by the fact Quinnipiac was selected fourth in the preseason MAAC Coaches' Poll.
BONNIES VS. TITANS
The road gets even tougher in the official MAAC opener as the Bonnies square off against a Detroit Mercy squad picked to finish second in the preseason poll. Senior Brett Erskine was named preseason All-League at attack, while graduate seniors Alex Akins and Sam McClain were selected All-League at defense, senior Paul Manuszak All-MAAC at LSM and graduate senior Alex Jarzembowski at faceoff specialist.
Detroit fell at league favorite Marist last weekend, 15-11, though Erksine tied a career-high with six points on three goals and three assists.
FAN ATTENDANCE POLICY
Detroit Mercy is allowing only two fans per Titans athlete and fans of visiting teams are not permitted at Titan Field.
HAVE A DAY, AUSTIN
Junior Austin Blumbergs set the program single-game record by scoring six points at Quinnipiac last weekend on three goals and three assists. The 2019 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection now boasts 17 goals and 24 total points in 19 career games.
When the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its Division I Dynamic Team of the Week this past Tuesday it included a familiar face - junior goalkeeper Brett Dobson. Ten players nationwide were selected for their exceptional play - Dobson earned the honor after making 14 saves and allowing just six goals for a 70 percent save percentage in earning Bona's first victory.
FIRST WIN LOOK BACK
Inside Lacrosse did a feature this week on Bona's win and its past lacrosse history. Check out the story by clicking here.
IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Six Bonnies players registered multiple points in last weekend's victory: Along with Blumbergs, Jake Rosa (two goals, three assists, five points), Zach Owens (two goals), Brett Beetow (one goal, one assist, two points), Sean Westley (two goals, two assists, four points) and Mark Belles (two goals) all had impressive efforts.
Several Bonnies made their collegiate debuts in the first game of the season. A few of those new faces were in the starting lineup and made an immediate impact: Austin Holley won nine faceoffs while Nick Porfilio and Cam Germain were key parts to Bona's strong defensive performance.
St. Bonaventure makes the short trip to Buffalo and a date with Little Three rival Canisius Saturday, March 20.
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