St. Bonaventure is entering only their second season in Division I Men’s lacrosse, and the 2020 Season opened with the Bonnies and the St. Joe’s Hawks meeting up in the first DI game played at the Buffalo Bills ADPRO Training facility.
Legendary sports owners, Terry and Kim Pegula invested $18 million to renovate the facility.
The afternoon welcomed two long time friends who have also Coached along with each other. Former Philadelphia Wing, Taylor for the Hawks and Randy Mearns a Rochester Knighthawks alum, for the Bonnies.
Players from each squad stepped to the forefront in the visitor’s 15-8 victory.
At 13:39, Jake Rosa (4g) gave Bonaventure it’s only lead of the game on an unassisted marker.
That seemed to knock the Hawks off their perch and simply answered with Freshman, Mac McLaughlin netting his first of two.
Two and a half minutes later, Shane Fable (1g, 1a) gave St. Joe’s a lead they never relinquished.
At 3:41, Nate Patterson (1g,2a) pushed the advantage to 3-1 but Rosa countered, making it 3-2.
McLaughlin, Freshman, Levi Anderson (4g,1a) and Kevin Vandegrift (1g) on the advantage each scored in just 2:30 apart to close the opening stanza with St. Joe’s holding a 6-2 lead.
Rosa and John Kilcommons (1g) brought St. Bonaventure back to a manageable disadvantage, 6-4.
The Hawks ripped off another rally fueled by another Freshman, Matt Bohmer (2g), Austin Strazzula (1g,1a) and another from Anderson to effectively blow it open, 9-4.
With seven seconds left, Clan Collins (1g) brought the half to a close with a 9-5 score.
Anderson laid claim to his hat trick before the Bonnies tried to comeback courtesy of Rosa and Jackson Rose (1g).
Suddenly, it appeared St. Joe’s was on the ropes with a 10-7 edge and 7:26 remaining in the quarter.
Matt Tufano (1g,2a) and Bohmer ended the uprising and heading to the final quarter, The Hawks held a five-goal edge, 12-7.
Evan Campbell (1g,2a) got it to 13-7 before Sean Westley (1g,3a) alleviated some dominance.
Anderson and player of the game, Zach Cole (1g) won the faceoff and buried it and the game, 15-8.
How good was the Sohomore Fogo, Cole? A goal, 11 loose balls and 88% on faceoffs with a mind-boggling, 24 of 27.