By Mikael DeSanto
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies were shut out 6-0 by the Buffalo Bulls Saturday night in a game that decided this year’s Big 4 Shield winner.
The two teams had many opportunities in the first half, though they remained scoreless going into halftime. Defense was at the forefront of play, as the teams registered a combined seven shots in the first half. The Bonnies’ two first half shots would be their only of the game. Senior Jimmy Barrios had his shot stopped by Buffalo sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Kuta, while freshman Kosi Nwafornso’s shot was blocked. Bona’s redshirt senior goalkeeper Bobby Diaz helped to keep his team in the game by stopping all three shots the Bulls put on net.
Unfortunately for the Bonnies, sophomore Kieran Toland was injured in the 31st minute. Toland was later seen on the sidelines favoring his left ankle.
The Bulls opened the second half with a quick goal by junior Steven Stryker in the 46th minute. This was quickly followed with goals by juniors Braden Scales and Russell Cicerone, in the 50th and 55th minutes, respectively. Cicerone added his second of the game on a penalty shot in the 64th minute, while junior Daniel Cramarossa and sophomore Scott Doney scored the final two goals in the 77th and 85th minutes, respectively.
The game was a very physical one, with the teams combining for 14 fouls. Toland and fellow Bonnies player freshman Remi Dujardin received the only yellow cards.
The Bonnies will look to move on from the loss and look towards their next opponents, the VCU Rams.
The Bonnies’ next home game will be against the La Salle Explorers on October 10th, where they will look to improve on their 1-9-1 record.