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Westley's Record-Setting Day Powers Bonnies To 11-6 Win Over Siena

Sean Westley scored six times in St. Bonaventure's win over Siena. (Photo by: Craig Melvin)
Sean Westley scored six times in St. Bonaventure's win over Siena. (Photo by: Craig Melvin)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sean Westley delivered a program-record six goals to key a dominating 11-6 victory for the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team over Siena in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at the Marra Athletics Complex.

With the win, the Bonnies wrap up the regular season at 4-4 including a 2-4 mark in games counting toward the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) standings.

St. Bonaventure set the tone from the very beginning.

Westley got the Bonnies on the board with his first goal of the day just over four minutes in before Austin Blumbergs scored off an assist from Jake Rosa just over two minutes later. Westley then cashed in on his second of the day with 6:04 remaining in the first period.

The Bonnies held Siena off the scoreboard for nearly 26 minutes, the longest stretch that the team has held an opponent without scoring to begin a game since the rebirth of the program in 2019. By that point, the Bona lead was five as Westley had a hat trick just three and a half minutes into the second quarter and Brett Beetow got into the scoring as well.

Brandan Lantieri finally got the Saints into the scoring column with a goal 4:05 before intermission, but the Bonnies would go to the break ahead 6-1 following a tally from Zach Owens.

Siena, seeking its first win on the year following six losses by one or two goals entering the day, would get within 6-3 after posting two quick third quarter goals and still over 25 minutes to play.

St. Bonaventure took the momentum back thanks to Westley who converted on the power play off an assist from Rosa after the second of the day by Blumbergs. The hosts took a 9-5 advantage to the final minute of the third before Rosa found Jackson Rose in front for another man-up strike to double up the Saints.

Westley, a junior from Whitby, Ontario, deposited his sixth goal of the day with 8:45 to play and the Bonnies never relinquished control.

No Bonnies player had scored more than four goals in a single game since the program returned to the Division I level three years ago. 

Rosa, the MAAC leader in points this year, handed out three assists to add to his season total with 32 points on the season.

Brett Dobson was again outstanding in the cage, stopping 15 Saints shots. Nick Conklin and Brady Wijbrandts each caused three turnovers while Nick Porfilio caused two. Mark Belles, Zack Belter and Ben Garcia each picked up three groundballs as well and Conklin scooped up four. Ranked in the top-10 nationally in goals allowed per game this season, the Bonnies defense held an opponent to single digit tallies for the fourth time on the year.

St. Bonaventure went 2-for-2 in man-up opportunities and killed off the only two penalties against the Bonnies.

For the Bonnies, it also marks the first back-to-back victories since the rebirth of the program three years ago. SBU entered the day coming off an April 11 victory over Canisius in its last game action. St. Bonaventure also produced a 3-1 record on home turf this season.

Prior to the game, the Bonnies honored their lone graduating senior who will be departing the program following the season - captain Daire Newbrough

Matchups for the upcoming MAAC Tournament will be released once the weekend finishes up. St. Bonaventure's first round game against a to be determined opponent will be held Friday, April 30 with the higher seed earning hosting rights.

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