Frustration fuels Bonnies Loss

By Michael Hogan @Mike_Hogan42

The Bonnies found themselves in another nail biter early against Hartwick, until two late goals by the Hawks sunk them in a 3-1 defeat Saturday evening at Marra Athletics complex.

The Hawks were the first to draw blood as senior, Mark Berry, found the back of the net in the 17th minute off of a beautiful assist by teammate Harry Morton.

The Bonnies had a frustrating first half on the offensive side, as they squandered chances to score. One of those chances came in the 28th minute when an offside call neglected Nicola Bonso’s potential equalizer.

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Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision

By Kelly Haberstroh

“The future of hundreds of thousands of individuals now rests on Congress. Now more important than before to make our voices heard in unison and our constant commitment to protect our community,” Haylei John, Student Government Association executive board president said.

On Sept. 12, a group of students stood outside Plassmann Hall to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

John started off the protest to acknowledge the community coming together to show our unity and response to the decision to rescind DACA.

She assured students who themselves or their families may be affected by the DACA decision that we as a university stand with them to make a call for immigration reform that reflects a recognition and respect of human dignity. Change must be made to ensure to view individuals as people, not as numbers, outsiders, or burdens. Continue reading “Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision”

I’m Gonna Leave You Anyway…

Photo courtesy of FX.com

By: M.K. Killen

Season four of FXX’s “You’re The Worst” kicked off Sept. 6, 2017, 10 months after the season three finale which dropped two consecutive bombshells on fans.  The first three seasons of the anti-romantic romantic comedy follow the budding relationship of two unlucky-in-love and all around terrible people Jimmy and Gretchen.

The seemingly self-aware narrative deals with the sordid lives of millennials in Los Angeles, who often serve as their own antagonists.

Covering themes like monogamy, domestic abuse, PTSD, clinical depression and the mystery of the human condition, the show makes use of the dark comedy popularized on the network by “Louie” and “Fargo.”  Though “You’re The Worst” is arguably more tame, it still contains scenes that cross the line from black comedy into just plain morose and bizarre.

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St. Bonaventure community shows support for DACA: a photo series

Photos by Chezell Montgomery

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Members of the St. Bonaventure University community gathered in front of Plassmann Hall on Monday to show solidarity with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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The program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in the country and work without threat of deportation.

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Bonnies bounce back in return home

By Teddy Caputo @teddy_capoots

After dropping their last two contests the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team came back in a big way this past Sunday at the Marra Athletics Complex, coming out with a 1-0 victory over the Albany Great Danes.

On a beautiful and sunny day the home crowd was filled with energy and excitement.

The Great Danes put pressure on the Bonnies early with two shots that could have changed the dynamic of the game. Senior forward Afonso Pinheiro’s shot bounced off the left post and went out of bounds. The other close call came when Bonnies goalie Luke Iacobellis deflected Great Danes’ forward Nico Solabarrieta’s shot to keep the game scoreless.

Hustle and physicality dominated the match with several fouls on both teams.

In the 47th minute a collision between Bonnies’ Kieran Toland, Kosi Nwarfornso and Great Danes’ goalie Danny Vitiello had Toland slow to get up at first, but he shook it off on the sideline and returned later.

Before the game, Toland said his team knew they needed to outwork the Great Danes if they wanted to get a victory.

“Our work rate was absolutely incredible,” Toland said. “We could have been a little bit more composed with the ball and kept the ball a little more; but we said that if we work harder than they do, then we will win the game.”

That hard work paid off in the 55th minute of the game when junior midfielder Isaiah Wilson scored after Nwafornso’s shot deflected off Vitiello and back to Wilson who chipped the ball into the goal giving the Bonnies a 1-0 lead.

Wilson said it felt good to get his third game-winner of his collegate career.
“I was a little nervous,” Wilson said. “But I remember my coach telling me to stay calm when I get around the net, and that’s what I did.”

As the game wrapped up an altercation broke out between Pinheiro and the Bonnies’ Nicola Bonso after both players made valiant efforts going for the ball and slid into each other. The scuffle was broken up immediately and play resumed.

The Bonnies held off the Great Danes’ for the rest of the game, winning 1-0.
The win marks their third of the season, giving them a 3-2-1 record on the season so far.

This was their first win after losing their previous two games against Canisius and Houston Baptist.

The Bonnies will look to carry the momentum from this home victory into their next match against Hartwick, who comes to the Marra Athletics Complex on Saturday, September 16th at 7:00 pm.

Golden Griffins spoil Bonas homecoming

By Isaiah Blakely @IsaiahBlakely3

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies fell to its rival Canisius Golden Griffins, 2-0 on a chilly Friday night in its first home matchup at Marra Athletics Field Complex.

The first-half featured back and forth chances for both teams starting with Bona captain Paul Afful putting a free kick just over the goal.

Moments later the Golden Griffins missed a golden opportunity when midfielder Melvin Blair shot wide from about six yards out. They continued the pressure when midfielder Evan Walsh half-volleyed from inside the box, but shot over the goal.

The Golden Griffins came out in the second half with most of the scoring opportunities including forward Hakeem Milson putting a shot over the bar inside the penalty area. In the 57th minute, the scoring drought gave way as Alex Grattarola scored a header off a corner kick giving the Golden Grifffins a 1-0 lead.

The Bonnies tried to answer back with pressure of their own when Afful put a stingy shot on goal that was saved by Griffins’ goalie Marco Trivellato.

Bonnies goalie Luke Iacobellis made one of his seven saves on a Canisius counter attack to keep the Bonnies just one goal down.

Seconds later, after Iacobellis’s save, the Golden Griffins scored again off a corner kick from forward Filippo Tamburini.

The Bonnies couldn’t generate anymore offense losing 2-0.

Bonnies coach Kwame Oduro stressed the need to work on set pieces.

“Their two goals came from set pieces,” Oduro said. “If we take care of that, hey, it can be the difference.”

To get back on track, Oduro said the Bonnies needed to start scoring some goals as they only have two goals in their last three contests.

“We are too static in our movement,” Oduro said. “We have to start creating more dangerous chances in front of goal.”

Bonaventure continues to look for their first home win of the season Sunday at 1:00 against Albany.

Baseball: Bonnies Draw Familiar Foe in A-10 Tournament

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(Aaron Phillips, photo credit Olean Times Herald)

By Josh Svetz @Svetz17

After the St. Bonaventure Bonnies secured the third seed last Friday against Fordham, fans waited anxiously to see who the Bonnies would face in the opening round of the A-10 Tournament.

Before the Saturday games started, it looked certain the Bonnies would take on the surging Saint Joseph’s Hawks for the first time this season.

But a strange wave of events commenced.

The Hawks, who had previously dominated George Washington two games straight, lost it’s regular season finale to the Colonials in a blow out. Then, after being blown out twice by St. Louis, George Mason put together a last-ditch effort and won the final game against the Billikens securing the final spot in the tournament.

St. Louis moved down to the five spot, pushing George Washington up to the fourth and Davidson rested in the sixth spot.

The Hawks were out, and the Bonnies now had a date with one of the toughest teams they’ve faced in conference this season, the Davidson Wildcats.

Back in March, the Bonnies were a sub-par club looking for answers. Out of conference they sat at 5-5, but had a little momentum going with two straight wins over North Dakota State, winning both games despite being shut out in the series opener.

Opening conference play against the Wildcats in North Carolina, the Bonnies stayed neck and neck, tied at one, through four innings.

Then, the inflammation in starting pitcher Brandon Schlimm’s throwing arm acted up. Schlimm gave up three runs and the Bonnies were down 4-1.

Hope shined through when the Bonnies got a man on base, but the sunshine vanished quickly.

A rain delay forced the game to be finished the next day and the Bonnies couldn’t recover, losing 9-2. Just an hour after that loss, the Bonnies had to go out and play again, losing by the same score.

But the next day, in the final game of the series, the Bonnies dominated the Wildcats 17-4, led by a six hit, eight RBI domination by David Hollins. The Bonnies also got a great performance from starting pitcher Aaron Phillips, giving up three-earned runs, five hits and tossing seven strikeouts.

That loss sent the Wildcats into a tailspin, dropping the next five games.

With Phillips likely to start and the Bonnies not dealing with rain delays, pitcher injuries or home field advantage, it’s more likely the team that beat the Wildcats last time will show up, rather than the shell that got beat down twice in a row in a span of three hours.

Still — winning is far from guaranteed.

The Wildcats feature top conference players like Will Robertson and Brian Fortier, two bombers ranking top 30 in the NCAA for home runs.

In fact, the Wildcats rank 20th in the NCAA, averaging 1.26 home runs per game.

But the biggest factor may be ace pitcher Durin O’Linger, who’s compiled a 1.33 ERA through the months of April and May in seven starts.

Despite the offense on both sides, a pitching duel looks evident with two studs like Phillips and O’Linger likely slinging for their teams.

The number one key to victory is Phillips keeping the Wildcat bombers at bay, something he should be able to do giving up just six home runs this season.

As much success as the Bonnies have had recently, there’s two teams that have come to play this season.

This afternoon we find out if the Bonnies are the back-to-back losers Davidson saw in the first two games, or the dominant winners that closed out the Wildcats in the final game of the series.

Men’s basketball: Lee joins coaching staff, Poyser verbally commits

By Cameron Hurst @CameronNHurst

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ABOVE: Dwayne Lee (SJU.edu) BELOW: Jalen Poyser (RunRebs.com)

Although St. Bonaventure’s academic calendar officially concluded over a week ago, the men’s basketball team found itself in the news with two personnel additions.

Last Monday, Chuckie Maggio of The Olean Times Herald reported that Fairleigh Dickinson assistant coach Dwayne Lee will be joining Mark Schmidt’s staff for the 2017-18 season.

Lee has spent the last four seasons as a member of head coach Greg Herenda’s staff, serving as a key figure in helping the Knights earn a 2016 NEC championship and a trip to that year’s NCAA tournament, the first such appearance for the program in 11 years.

However, the new assistant may be more familiar to Bonnies fans from his playing career at Saint Joseph’s from 2002-06, playing 30 games as a sophomore on the 2003-04 team that earned an Elite Eight berth in the NCAA tournament. Following the departure of Player of the Year and eventual NBA All-Star guard, Jameer Nelson, Lee helped guide the Hawks to an NIT finals appearance and two Atlantic 10 tournament championship game appearances during his final two years. He also earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team honors during his junior season.

Prior to his time at Saint Joseph’s, Lee had the opportunity to play for legendary head coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City. During Lee’s tenure, the Friars won two straight New Jersey State Tournament of Champions titles and a No. 2 National Ranking by USA Today. 

It was also Hurley who convinced Lee to stay in school after tragedy struck his family during his freshman year at Saint Joseph’s. Lee, mourning the death of his mother, had contemplated leaving SJU to pursue a full-time job so as to support his younger siblings. Hurley, however, convinced him otherwise, noting that a college degree could benefit him and his family more in the long run.

“[Hurley] was definitely a shoulder to lean on at that rough time in my life,” Lee revealed in a feature published by the SJU athletic department in 2013. “He was there first as a coach and a friend. Then secondly, to offer his advice on what he thought would be the right route for me to go. I didn’t know which way I should go. It was hard for somebody at that age to know exactly what to do, especially given the circumstances with my two younger brothers.”

It is no secret that Hurley has played a huge role in the life of St. Bonaventure’s newest assistant coach, but it is the Hall of Fame coach who holds his former pupil in the highest of regards.

Upon being hired by Fairleigh Dickinson in 2013, Hurley praised the university’s hire, calling Lee “one of my favorite kids I have ever been associated with.”

Lee will replace former SBU assistant Jerome Robinson, who officially accepted an assistant coaching position at New Mexico, under fellow Canadian Paul Weir.

However, while St. Bonaventure loses Robinson, their chief presence in Canadian recruiting, they hold onto his parting gift — the verbal commitment of UNLV transfer Jalen Poyser.

Poyser, one of three notable transfers leaving Las Vegas,  announced following the Rebels’ 11-21 season, that he’d look for a new program to call home.  Aside from St. Bonaventure, Poyser generated interest from Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Tulane, among others.

But, in the end, Poyser went with the choice closest to his home in Malton, Ontario which lies only 26 minutes from Toronto, where Robinson is from.

Poyser, in announcing his decision via Twitter, cited that his decision to attend Bonaventure remained as “the best decision” for him and his family and thanked Robinson specifically for helping him come to the decision.

During his sophomore campaign at UNLV, Poyser played in 31 games, averaging 10.4 points, while also averaging 27.1 minutes. He went 38-132 from beyond the arc and also averaged 2.7 rebounds.

He will be ineligible for the 2017-18 season, but in utilizing its final available scholarship, St. Bonaventure opted to plan for the future, similarly to the way they did in signing Matt Mobley to eventually replace Marcus Posley.