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Four Bonnies Earn MAAC All-Conference Honors; Rosa Named Offensive Player of the Year

Four Bonnies Earn MAAC All-Conference Honors; Rosa Named Offensive Player of the Year

EDISON, N.J. – Four St. Bonaventure players have earned All-Conference honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as Jake Rosa and Austin Blumbergs both were selected to the First Team while Zack Belter and Brett Dobson were each picked to the Second Team. Rosa was also selected as the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

Rosa becomes the first major award-winner in program history, taking top offensive honors after leading the conference in both points (32) and assists (19) over the 2021 eight-game schedule. The sophomore attackman from Windsor, Ontario started every game for the Bonnies this year, scoring 13 goals with 19 assists, adding eight groundballs and two caused turnovers while placing over 54 percent of his shots on goal. He posted three or more points in all but one game this year, handing out three or more assists five times while setting the program record with four helpers in a victory over Canisius April 11 as part of a six-point effort. His seven-point showing in a March game at Monmouth also set a Bonnies single-game record. Nationally, Rosa stands 18th among all Division I players in assists per game (2.38).

Blumbergs joins Rosa on the First Team, taking one of four midfield spots. A junior from Penn Yan, N.Y., Blumbergs ranked among the MAAC's top-10 in goals with 14 and totaled 17 points on the year, adding seven groundballs while firing nearly 56 percent of his shots on goal. Also a selection to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the second time, he registered three hat tricks this season with those performances coming against three of the top four seeds in the conference tournament as he scored three goals each in wins over Manhattan, Quinnipiac and Canisius. His best effort of the season came as the Bonnies won their first-ever game at Quinnipiac March 6 when he led all scorers with six points. He previously was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team two years ago as well.

St. Bonaventure's defense ranked fifth in defense nationally during the regular season by allowing under nine goals per game on average, and two large keys to that success were Dobson and Belter.

Dobson has played all but 17 seconds in the cage this season and has cemented himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation, not just the MAAC. He led the conference and ranked third nationally in save percentage after stopping 61 percent of the shots against him this year. He also paced the league and stands sixth nationally in saves per game (13.8) and was second in the league and eighth in the country in goals against average (8.8). His 111 total saves also led the conference. A two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week this year, the junior from Oshawa, Ontario made double-digit saves in every game this year and 15 stops in each of the past four games, a 3-1 record for the Bonnies. Also a MAAC All-Rookie Team pick two years ago, he has started 20 of 24 career games in net for SBU.

Belter has continued to be a standout in his third season with the program. The North Tonawanda, N.Y. native has started every game during the season, scooping up 15 groundballs while leading the team with 11 caused turnovers. He also scored a long pole goal vs. Quinnipiac March 27. He has been integral to one of the nation's strongest defenses, a unit that not only ranks top-five in goals allowed per game, but also 11th in penalty kill, successfully killing off over 73 percent of man-down situations this year. He has started 24 of 26 games the past three years with 51 career groundballs and 33 caused turnovers.

All four players give the Bonnies their first All-MAAC First and Second Team selections since the rebirth of the program at the Division I level in 2019. The Bonnies have been impressive in their third season, finishing the regular season with a 4-4 overall record under head coach Randy Mearns.

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