Hawks Swoop Down on St. Bonaventure in Sunday D1 Lacrosse Action

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.