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Bonnies Host Manhattan Friday Afternoon

ST. BONAVENTURE (1-3, 0-3) vs. MANHATTAN (3-1, 3-0)
Friday, April 2 - 12:00 p.m.
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. - Marra Athletics Complex
TV: ESPN+
Online Coverage: Live Video | Live Stats

OPENING FACEOFF
The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team hosts Manhattan at the Marra Athletics Complex Friday afternoon at noon - note the schedule change as the game was originally scheduled for April 3 in the first schedule released by the MAAC this spring. 

FAN ATTENDANCE POLICY
We are pleased to let you know that St. Bonaventure University is granting an exception to the campus visitor's policy to allow limited attendance at outdoor sporting events this spring beginning Friday, March 26, 2021.

Each St. Bonaventure student-athlete will be allowed a maximum of two (2) parents to each home sporting event. Parents and fans of visiting teams are not permitted on campus this semester.

Credentials, which will have your child's name on it and you will pick up at the first home game you attend, must be prominently displayed while in attendance. Parent(s) must complete an online health screening form prior to arriving on campus and may not arrive more than 20 minutes before the scheduled start of that day's game. Parent(s) must check-in at a designated spot to show their completed health assessment and record their attendance for contact tracing purposes. Any pre-and-post-game tailgating and gathering is prohibited.

St. Bonaventure students are also permitted at Bonnies home games. All fans in attendance are asked to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.

BACK-TO-BACK HEARTBREAKERS
The Bonnies are looking to snap a three-game losing skid, but have been oh-so-close to putting a winning streak together, losing each of the past two games by just one goal in heartbreakers. Two weeks ago, the Bonnies led, 11-10, early in the fourth quarter at Monmouth before the Hawks went on a 3-0 run. Bona got within one, 13-12, with just under two minutes left, but that would be the final tally. Last week, the Bonnies played Quinnipiac to the wire in a tremendous defensive battle with the game being tied, 4-4, under a minute to play. The Bobcats would score the game-winning goal with just over 10 seconds on the clock, but the Bonnies had two shot attempts, including one on net, before time expired. 

Bona's 1-3 record certainly does not tell the entire story as the Bonnies have a positive scoring margin for the season 36-35. 

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE
Bona has one of the best defenses in the nation this year according to multiple metrics. In the latest edition of the efficiency matrix released by Lacrosse Reference, the Bonnies stand No. 3 in the nation in defensive efficiency. The Bonnies are allowing just 8.75 goals per game, ranking 12th in Division I nationally.

In the cage, goalkeeper Brett Dobson ranks 10th in the nation in save percentage (.593), 13th in goals against average (8.75) and 16th in saves per game (12.7). 

Zack Belter ranks 37th in the nation in caused turnovers per game, causing six so far on the year. He also tallied a long pole goal vs. Quinnipiac. 

MAAC LEADERS
Jake Rosa leads the Bonnies in goals (6), assists (9) and points (15) and ranks second in the MAAC in assists per game (2.25). He also stands fourth in the league in points per game (3.75). 

ABOUT MANHATTAN
The Jaspers have won three straight and sit at 3-0 and tied for the MAAC conference standings after victories at Canisius (10-7) and home vs. Detroit Mercy (11-7) and Monmouth last weekend in double overtime, 9-8. In conference play, the Jaspers have scored a league-high 30 goals, led by Liam Walshe who ranks third in the league with 10 goals. Walshe is the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a career-best four times in the win over Monmouth. 

In the cage, Brendan Krebs leads the league among all keepers to play in all four games with a 7.27 goals against average. Krebs was tabbed as the Preseason All-MAAC goalkeeper entering his senior year after ranking sixth nationally in save percentage (.597) last year. 

Manhattan was picked fifth in the preseason MAAC Coaches Poll. 

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