Bona men break dry spell against Canisius

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By Akim Hudson

Coming into Tuesday night’s matchup, the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team carried a nineyear losing streak against the Canisius Golden Griffins. 

The Bonnies overcame that, however, as they defeated Canisius 3-0 at the Marra Athletics Complex. 

Missed opportunities and great defense were the motifs of the game early in the match.  

Both teams were fortunate enough to be presented scoring chances on numerous occasions, but both were plagued by overshooting and miscommunication. 

But a shift in momentum emerged as a red card was drawn on St. Bonaventure. 

Bonnies defender Jon Michael-Perkins was ejected from the match, and much of the crowd was appalled by the decision the official.  

Shortly after, St. Bonaventure’s Isaac Bomah broke the ice and scored the first goal of the match off of an assist from Jacob Dyck, at approximately the 1:02 mark.  

Being a man short, the Bonnies entered the second half of the match facing adversity, yet motivated. 

After a chippy start to the second half, a slight altercation on a corner kick resulted in Canisius’ Manuele Cavazzoli being handed a red card, and being ejected with approximately 26:47 left in the match. 

Then, with about 10:39 left in the match, Jacob Dyck found the back of the net off of an assist from Luca Nicastro to advance the Bonnies’ score to 2-0.  

Over the last 10:00, it seemed apparent that St. Bonaventure was on its way to finally breaking its losing streak against Canisius. 

If the second goal wasn’t enough assurance, within the last 3:00 of the match, Fredrik Hansen of St. Bonaventure put the nail in the coffin with a third, off an assist by Callum Beattie. 

The Bonnies had beat their rival for the first time in eight matches.     

Bona coach Kwame Oduro said it felt great to “finally beat” his former mentor, coach Dermot McGrane of Canisius.  

A somewhat unintentional birthday gift for Oduro added a subtle sweetness to this great victory.  

When asked what about the team’s expectations for this season, Oduro said that “every year we try to get into the playoffs.” 

The next Bona home game will be this Saturday versus VCU at the Marra Athletics Complex.  

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.

This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

September 28, 1946

After World War II ended, there was an increased enrollment of new college students all across the country. Because of this new increase in students, many of the administrators at St. Bonaventure University wanted the school to be among the members of “big time college football.”

The university would hire Hugh Devore to direct its football program. Devore was a former All-American from Notre Dame who also coached at Providence College.

Also, former mayor Fred Forness announced shortly after the war ended that he would donate up to $100,000 to the university to build a new football stadium on campus. This new stadium was planned to be much larger than the Brown Indians’ home at the time—Bradner Stadium in Olean.

It was on this day that the first game was ever played in Forness Stadium. However, Bonaventure lost the game 20-14 against Youngstown.

Forness Stadium was located on the front lawn of the campus near the current location of Hopkins Hall.

Things would later improve for the Brown Indians. Bonaventure defeated Canisius College to win the Little Three Championship a short while after.

This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

September 21, 1957

It was on this day that SBU received its classic “Brown Indian” statue that still resides at the school.

In 1957, Camp Turner at Chautauqua Lake was determining who to donate a Native American statue to. Friars from St. Bonaventure University, Canisius College and Niagara University all wanted the statue for their respective schools. Eventually, Camp Turner decided Bonaventure was the best recipient because of its mascot (the Brown Indian) and also its close proximity to an Indian reservation. The statue was placed on top of Butler Gym in 1958 where it would remain for 12 years.

By 1969, the statue‘s weight became too much for the roof of the gym, and it was moved to the Rathskeller, which had been recently opened. But this location was even easier for students to vandalize or toy with the statue.

The “Brown Indian” statue was removed from the Skeller in 1972 and moved to the office of the chief of security, Wilber Hoffman, for a year. It would then be moved to Campus Ministries in 1973. Sometime between then and now, the statue was moved to its current home in the Quick Center.

I’m on Facebook. What about you, St. Bonaventure?

[St. Bonaventure has more followers on Facebook than Niagara has on its Facebook and Twitter combined – Graphic composed of various Web images]

Survey reveals current students say SBU does a mediocre job informing students via social media 

By Tony Lee, Editor In Chief, @sHecKii

ST. BONAVENTURE (March 21) — Kelley Burke sits in a library, typing up an English paper on her laptop, her earphone buds blasting music.

The strategic placement of her Apple iPod, iPhone and MacBook looks like a college student’s war zone command center. A Word document fills up two-thirds of the screen while the other third shows an all-too-familiar website called Facebook.

The sophomore journalism and mass communication major is the modern St. Bonaventure University student — heavily integrated with technology and social media. 

“I think just because I like to know what’s going on,” Burke said about her technology and social-media dependence. “You don’t necessarily hear everything from the campus.”

Students like Burke have changed how St. Bonaventure allocates funds and hires faculty. Social media outlets like Facebook and LinkedIn have become one of the top news sources for prospective students, current students and alumni.

Emily Sinsabaugh, vice president of university relations, said St. Bonaventure recognized that change and has adjusted its marketing plan.

She said social media allows a small university in western New York an opportunity to reach alumni and potential students in ways never before done.

“It wasn’t difficult to figure out that (social media) would be the next big thing,” Sinsabaugh said, “and we did not want to be behind the curve.”

She hired Mark Inman, an assistant director of print and electronic publications, specifically for that task.

Inman in his three years has created the university’s official Facebook and Twitter pages and maintained them. As of March 21, St. Bonaventure’s Facebook page has more than 5,400 Likes and 1,300 Twitter followers. 

In comparison, Canisius College’s Facebook page has more than 3,200 Likes and 1,600 Twitter followers; Niagara University has more than 4,500 Likes and 340 followers.

Inman said social media allowed the alumni, especially on LinkedIn, to interact back with the university. However, he said reaching students is a different story.

In a survey of 30 current Bona students, 30 said they use Facebook, but 13 Liked St. Bonaventure’s official Facebook, nine for the Twitter.

However, Inman said students have picked up Twitter usage from when he started the job three years ago.

“And it’s not just from Shelley Jack’s social media class,” he said.

Shelley Jack, a visiting professor, teaches IMC 506, New Media: Digital Communications, for graduate students and JMC 401, Special Studies: Digital Media, for undergraduates. 

Jack said Sinsabaugh has impressed her because from a resource standpoint, a lot of universities do not make social-media presence a financial priority. 

She added Inman impressed her, too, because he makes an effort to not only interact with followers but also have a consistent conversation with them.

“He understands it’s not just marketing the university but also there are opportunities with admissions,” said Jack, who said examples of when Inman retweeted a student who got accepted into St. Bonaventure.

However, Joe Bucher, a sophomore who follows St. Bonaventure on Facebook and Twitter, said the university has done a sub-par job for current students.

“I feel like Bonaventure could do more to inform the people (about) who is visiting, who is doing what, what options do we have for things to do,” the journalism and mass communication major said.

Bucher said the university does that well in the Notice Board emails but not on social media.

“I definitely check my Twitter and Facebook more often than my e-mail,” he said. 

Burke agreed.

“As soon as something happens, let us know,” she said. “Don’t let us hear through the grapevines.”

Sinsabaugh agreed and said she wants shift more university funding to web-based sites and social media from traditional marketing like TV commercials and newspaper ads.  

“It’s been a really wonderful tool in our marketing tool box,” she said. “And really trying to find the right way to use those social media tools — not that we have the answer — has become a priority.”

Sinsabaugh said the university has improved its social-media presence, but it still needs work. Whatever that work may be, she said she feels confident St. Bonaventure now has the staff and marketing strategy to improve it. 

“Frankly, I didn’t know exactly what he would be doing,” Sinsabaugh said of Inman. “But I’m really happy with what Mark has done, not that there always can’t be improvements, but that’s the paradigm. There is always something changing.”