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Late Rally Comes Up Short at Detroit Mercy

Sean Westley scored twice Saturday. (Photo by: Craig Melvin)
Sean Westley scored twice Saturday. (Photo by: Craig Melvin)

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DETROIT – A late rally effort was not enough to overcome a deep second half deficit for the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season-opener at Detroit Mercy, 11-7, Saturday afternoon.

Sean Westley scored twice while Jake Rosa handed out three assists to lead the Bona scoring.

St. Bonaventure (1-1, 0-1 MAAC) struck first on a tally from Sean Westley three and a half minutes in. That lead would stand for almost three minutes before Cam Kostus got the Titans on the board, starting a quick 4-0 run in over two minutes.

The Titans (1-1, 1-0 MAAC) would take a 6-1 advantage to halftime, and stretched their cushion with 10 unanswered goals between the first and third quarters before the Bonnies finally snapped their cold spell on the first goal in Brown and White for Matthew Cromie off an assist from Zach Owens with 5:48 left in the third period.

Owens would find the back of the cage himself with 7:35 to play as part of a 5-0 break for the Bonnies to end the game. Matthew DeGirolamo, Jackson Rose and Mark Belles all scored during the run, but the early deficit would be too much to overcome.

Detroit held a 48-38 edge in shots and went 4-for-8 on man-up opportunities. The Bonnies were successful in 17 of 22 clear attempts while Detroit was successful at a 16-for-20 clip. Both teams had turnover issues as the Bonnies finished with 18 and the Titans 17. The Titans owned the faceoff X, winning 15 of 21 faceoffs.

Ryan Birney led Detroit with three goals while Logan Shamblin held the Bonnies at bay with 14 saves.

Brett Dobson, the reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, was again strong in net, making 14 saves including multiple highlight reel stops.

The Bonnies return to action at rival Canisius next Saturday at noon.

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