The St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team returns to action for the first time since an April 11 win over Canisius when it hosts Siena this Saturday afternoon. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start, moved up from the originally scheduled 4 p.m. start time. The contest will air live on ESPN+ and serve as the regular season finale. St. Bonaventure will play in a MAAC First Round game Friday, April 30 against an opponent to be determined. Higher seeds will host each playoff game. For MAAC tiebreaker information, click here.
Fan attendance for the spring semester on campus at St. Bonaventure University is limited to SBU students, faculty and staff, and two family members per home athlete. Visiting team parents and fans are not permitted on campus.
St. Bonaventure will honor its lone graduating senior prior to the start of the game, Daire Newbrough. A team captain, Newbrough has been a part of the team since the program's Division I rebirth in 2019. He transferred to St. Bonaventure from Ohio Valley University where he spent his freshman season.
Newbrough has battled injuries during his Bonnies career but has been key to the program's development over the past three years. On the field, he has played in 20 career games in the St. Bonaventure midfield, starting all five games played this year. He has scooped up 25 groundballs and caused nine turnovers, adding two assists.
The Waterloo, Ontario native is graduating with a degree in Health Sciences - Biomedical concentration.
ROSA ON THE RISE
St. Bonaventure sophomore Jake Rosa has been one of the MAAC's top players this season. In Bona's win over Canisius on April 11, he set the program record for single-game assists when he handed out four and was just one off the program record for points in a single game with six. For the year, his 16 assists lead all MAAC players and he also paces the league with 29 points. Nationally, he ranks 17th in assists per game with over two helpers per contest.
AUSTIN'S HAT COLLECTION
Bonnies junior attackman Austin Blumbergs has been one of the Bonnies' top offensive players this year, ranking third in both goals (12) and points (15). Last time out vs. Canisius, he tallied a hat trick with three goals in a win over the Golden Griffs. It marked the third hat trick for the Penn Yan, N.Y. native this year: He also struck for three goals each at Quinnipiac and vs. Manhattan, all Bona victories.
DOBSON DRIVES UP NATIONAL RANKS
Bonnies junior goalkeeper Brett Dobson continues to be one of the nation's best players in the cage. He enters the final weekend of the regular season ranking third nationally in save percentage at .596 and is 10th in the country with nearly 14 saves per game. Dobson has earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season.
IF YOU LIKE DEFENSE, YOU'LL LIKE THE MAAC
St. Bonaventure has been one of the nation's top defenses all season and continues to rank eighth among all Division I teams by allowing just over nine goals per game. That continues a trend across the league this season: Four of the nation's top defenses in terms of goals allowed per game reside in the MAAC: Monmouth is third (7.83 goals allowed per game), Manhattan seventh (9.14), St. Bonaventure eighth (9.29) and Detroit Mercy ninth (9.33).
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Bona won its last game, 12-11, over Canisius. In that game, St. Bonaventure set a program single-game record as eight different players scored: Rosa, Blumbergs, Mark Belles, Brett Beetow, Zach Owens, Jackson Rose, Ben Garcia and Cian Collins. For Garcia, it marked his first career goal.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Nearly every Bonnies game this season has come down to the final minutes. Each of Bona's past five games has been decided by two or fewer goals with four of those games being one-goal decisions.
FRESHMAN DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Key to Bona's continued improvement this year has been several members of its freshman class. Multiple freshmen frequently make up the starting lineup, including faceoff specialist Austin Holley who has had some standout efforts at the faceoff X this year, including setting a program record with 14 faceoff wins in a victory over Manhattan and earning 10 more in a win over Canisius. Defenseman Nick Porfilio has been a big reason for the team's top-10 standing nationally on the defensive end, standing every game and posting seven groundballs along with five caused turnovers. Fellow freshman Cam Germain has started six of seven games this year as well.
The Saints are still seeking their first win, but their 0-6 record is a bit deceiving as Siena has played nearly all of its games to the wire. Every one of Siena's losses comes by one or two goals including a pair of overtime games vs. Monmouth (7-6) and their last game at Manhattan April 17 (13-12).
Siena ranks seventh in the league in goals scored with just 49 on the season, ahead of only Marist which has played just three games, but has also only surrendered 58 tallies. Despite the offensive struggles, Jack Kiernan leads the MAAC in goals with 17, averaging nearly a hat trick per game. Kiernan is the only Saints player with double-figure goals, though Dylan Pantalone also has 13 points.
Chris Yanchoris has been solid in the cage, allowing 9.27 goals per game while leading the MAAC with over 14 saves per game and a league-best .597 save percentage.
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