Carpenter adds versatility to the Bonnies

By: Isaiah Blakely 

Robert Carpenter is one of the many fresh faces on this Bonnies team, and he’s looking to add versatility to the frontcourt.

The Detroit, Michigan native played at Mt. Zion Prep in Maryland last season where he averaged 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds including three 40-point games. He was a part of one of the better prep schools in the country helping Mt. Zion to a 28-4 record and a spot in the Elite 8 prep school championship.

The 6’8 forward described St. Bonaventure as a perfect fit for him.

“I felt like Bonaventure was a great fit because I didn’t want to go to a school with a big name and end up not playing very much,” said Carpenter. “I wanted to go to a perfect fit for me.”

Carpenter compares his game to an NBA All-Star.

“I’m a very versatile guy. I can shoot, I can bang inside the paint. I’m a good offensive rebounder, defensive rebounder, hustle guy,” said Carpenter. “A lot of people look at my game and I kind of resemble Kawhi Leonard’s game.”

Carpenter was brought in right away and participated in both summer sessions, and he described the summer as “intense”.

“They really wanted to develop me and just like build me into the player they recruited me to be,” Carpenter said.

The freshman said he worked on his post game this summer because in high school and prep school he mostly played between the perimeter and the post. Carpenter shot 38 percent from the three-point line last year but said he wants to continue to sharpen up his shot.

Carpenter’s ability to score was an aspect of his game Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt highlighted.

“He’s talented, he can put the ball in the basket. He has a bright future,” said Schmidt.

Carpenter had a near double-double off the bench in his debut against Alfred with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Carpenter talked about how people have viewed his diverse skill set in the past.

“A lot of people have different perspectives of me. I try to have a good motor and just show everybody that I can prove everybody wrong,” said Carpenter.

Carpenter can start to prove his doubters wrong on Tuesday night in the Reilly Center against Ohio at 7:30.

Logan looks to make impact on young Bonnies

By: Justin Myers

Last year was Logan’s first year playing with the Bonnies after sitting out the previous year due to NCAA transfer rules. After coming back she feels like she has learned to play college basketball again.

 “Taking that year off was a lot for me and was definitely a learning experience looking at the game in a different way,” Logan said. “It felt good to be back on the court and make an impact.”  

As a redshirt junior the Randallstown, Maryland native appeared in all 30 games including 12 starts averaging 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures nine times, averaging 22 minutes per contest.  

While sitting out the previous year Logan implemented the things she learned while sitting out.  

It definitely opened up my eyes to different things going on in the game. More of the mental part of the game rather than just running around and playing,” Logan said. “I think my thought process and approach to the game got a lot better. It helped me grow. 

 With six eligible newcomers on the team this year Logan looks to lean on her experience to help lead.  

Not only have I played here for a long time but I also have played at other schools so bringing in all that experience and making sure that everyone stays on task and committed, Logan said. “So helping everyone stay motivated is a key since its early now but we all know how long a season can be and it has its ups and downs. 

 With it being her last year Logan looks to finish strong and have a winning season.  

I want to have a winning season. We have struggled for the past two years but I think now we finally have some great pieces that mesh together really well” Logan said. “I think a winning season is something that I really want.”  

When it came to expectations for the team Logan believes they can cause match up problems  

I love how we are more scrappy, quicker and athletic compared to last year,” Logan said. “I think that we are so versatile in different aspects and positions that it helps us with no one really knowing what angle to come from. I think our versatility alone can take us far this year. 

When asking Logan who could be a breakout player for the team this year she thinks it can be freshman Olivia Brown.  

“She came in and was named captain, and is establishing herself as a leader,” Logan said. “She outworks us everyday and pushes us to be better 

NFL Returns

By Matthew Shalloe

After a seven month wait from the conclusion of Super Bowl LII back on Feb. 4, the NFL is officially back. Whether it be the struggles of the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1), or the flaming hot start of quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick (eight touchdowns through two games), we have already been surprised on our beloved football Sundays. Although it’s early, the first two weeks of the NFL season has been exactly what we have waited all offseason for, both entertaining and enjoyable for fans across America.

Let’s start by talking about the previously mentioned Pittsburgh Steelers, who are off to a bit of a rough start, winless through the first two weeks of the season.

After a week one tie with the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers dropped their home opener in week two in a 42-37 loss at the hands of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes passed for 326 yards and a whopping six touchdowns, bringing his season total to 10 through his first two games as a starter.

It is still too early for the Steelers to hit the panic button, but it is the perfect time for them to finally give All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell the money he wants, as they need him back desperately. Bell has continued his holdout in dispute of being franchise tagged for the second year in a row. The offense is clearly not the same without him, and if the Steelers want to right the ship, they will need Bell in their backfield going forward.

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As we continue to talk about the electric start to the season of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, it’s almost unbelievable to say that another NFL quarterback has gotten off to a better start. What Mahomes is doing is unbelievable and has Chiefs fans everywhere already thinking they’re bound for a playoff berth.

However, Buccaneers quarterback and NFL journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick might be just that much better to start the season. Fitzpatrick is filling in for Jameis Winston, who was suspended three games for breaking NFL personal conduct policy, and making the most of his opportunity. Playing on his seventh team in his 14 NFL season, Fitzpatrick is off to a flaming hot start, passing for 819 yards and recording 9 total touchdowns. Oh, and he is off to a 2-0 start after beating the New Orleans Saints and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. It will be interesting to see if Fitzpatrick can keep up his play throughout the season, assuming he won the starting QB job away from Winston, a former first overall pick in the NFL draft.

There are a few other teams that have come out of the gate hot to start the season, as seven teams have posted back to back wins to start the season 2-0. Some more surprising than others, as the Bengals, Dolphins and Broncos are among the teams that are off to a shockingly good start.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green are clicking better than ever on offense in Cincinnati, and it’s the return of quarterback Ryan Tannehill from injury in Miami that has propelled the Dolphins to an unbeaten start. The signing of quarterback Case Keenum, who played for the Vikings last season, has the Broncos perfect to start the season.

Along with those three teams and the previously mentioned Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas Chiefs, the high-powered Jaguars and Rams round out the seven perfect teams through the first two weeks of the season.

Not all teams have been as fortunate as the ones mentioned above. The Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, who have just not looked good in any of the three phases to start off the season, have both fallen to an 0-2 start. The Raiders, Texans, Giants and Lions are the others to stand at 0-2, but perhaps none have looked as bad as the Bills and Cardinals.

The Bills were forced to turn to rookie quarterback Josh Allen in week two after an atrocious outing from quarterback Nathan Peterman in week one. The rookie looked decent under center in his first NFL start, but the result was the same in another loss, a game that was so ugly at half that CB Vontae Davis left the stadium and retired.

As for the Cardinals, the signing of quarterback Sam Bradford has been a failed experiment, as he has led the offense to just six points through the first two games of the season. Meanwhile, 10th overall pick rookie quarterback Josh Rosen has to suffer on the sidelines watching Bradford struggle. As the season goes on, you can expect the rookie quarterback to join Allen and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold as the only three starting rookie quarterbacks in the NFL.

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The first two weeks have been fun to watch, and we can expect it to continue as the season goes on. It’ll be interesting to watch if the hot starts of Mahomes and Fitzpatrick can stay alive, or if the Pittsburgh Steelers can get back to what they are accustomed to: winning. Whether your team is in good standing or not, one thing is for certain– NFL football has returned to excite Sundays everywhere.

Calabrese’s Career Day Guides Bonnies Past Rams 81-70

By: Isaiah Blakely

Freshman Emily Calabrese’s 19 points and six rebounds led the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-12, 2-4 A-10) to victory over the Rhode Island Rams (2-17, 0-6 A-10) 81-70.

Calabrese got it going early with a layup and the foul in the first quarter. That was three of her seven points in that quarter. The highlight of the first quarter was after a Rams three the Bonnies quickly inbounded the ball to senior Mariah Ruff and she shoots from beyond half court and sinks it giving the Bonnies a 21-17 advantage going into the second quarter. That was three of Ruff’s 19 points. Ruff also had 11 rebounds and six assists.

“I thought Mar’s half-court heave got us really juiced up,” said coach Jesse Fleming.

The Bonnies certainly were ready to go in the second quarter. The Bonnies started the quarter on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 14. The scoring was balanced in the second with sophomore Rhianna Council scoring five points early in that quarter and ending with nine points. Junior Arielle Harvey also added five of her 12 points in the second quarter. The Bonnies outscored the Rams 20-8 in the quarter.

The third quarter was more of the same for the Bonnies. Sophomore Danielle Migliore came alive in the third quarter scoring eight of her 13 points in the quarter. After a Migliore layup, Harvey gave the Bonnies a 28-point lead which was their biggest lead of the game after another three-pointer.

“I was really pleased with the way we played to get it to a 28-point lead,” said Fleming.

The Rams found a way to claw back in the game in the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to bring the lead down to 11 with 2:36 to go. The run was led by sophomore Nicole Jorgensen who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt-sophomore Elemy Colome lead all Rams scorers with 18 points and seven assists.

The Bonnies leading scorers on the night responded with a layup by Ruff and a couple free throws by Calabrese to secure the victory.

“I thought Emily Calabrese had her best game as a Bonnie with 19 points and six boards against a bigger kid,” said Fleming.

“It’s amazing. I just went into the game wanting to play really hard and obviously, it’s all about the W and we won so that’s all that matters” said Calabrese.

Bonnies look to add another A-10 win on Saturday at home against Davidson at 2 p.m.

St. Bonaventure Starts Off Atlantic 10 Conference Play with Win Against UMass

By: Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies ended 2017 with their first conference win of the season against The University of Massachusetts Minutemen 98-78 at home in the Reilly Center.

Coming off their first ever win in the Carrier Dome against the Syracuse Orange; the Bonnies continued the hot streak with their eighth win in a row to start off play in the Atlantic 10.

Jaylen Adams proved to be a key factor for the Bonnies, finishing with a game-high 32 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Matt Mobley finished with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Bonnies started the game off hot, going on an 11-0 run after UMass scored the first basket of the game. UMass broke the streak at 16:32 with a Rashaan Holloway free throw.

The Minutemen broke off their own 13-0 run to tie the game at 23-23 after the Bonnies went on a four-minute drought. Courtney Stockard ended the scoreless spree with a free throw at 7:04. Jaylen Adams shot a long three to bring the lead back to seven with 3:39 left in the half.

St. Bonaventure opted for the long ball to close out the first half, hitting five straight three-pointers until Matt Mobley missed with 1:05 left in the first half. The Bonnies closed out the half with a 47-38 lead over the Minutemen.

Bonas started another run with a second half with another 10-0 run, once again thwarted by a Rashaan Holloway free throw at 12:34. The second half remained in the Bonnies hands behind Adams 17 second-half points.

A huge factor on offense came through Bonaventure’s three-point shooting. The Bonnies shot 8-11 (72.7%) in the first half and closed out the game shooting 10-18 (55.6%) from deep.

The Bonnies were also successful in defending the three, keeping the Minutemen at 8-23(34.8%) from long range.

The Bonnies will start the new year in Dayton, Ohio as they will take on the Flyers on January 3 at 8:30 p.m. in UD Arena.

Bonnies Win Big Against Maryland Eastern Shore

By Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-1) won in dominant fashion against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (1-3) 96-48 in the Reilly Center behind a powerful push from the underclassmen on the bench and strong performances from the starting five.

At the first media timeout, the Bonnies and Hawks were tied 9-9. After the break, the Bonnies pulled away with a 22-5 run to close out the first half of the game. Bonaventure went into halftime with a 49-27 lead with Nelson Kaputo and Matt Mobley leading the charge for the Bonnies with 15 points each in the first half.

Freshman Tshiefu Ngalakulondi finished with a game high 21 points and shot 8-11 from the field with 4-6 coming from three-point range. The Bonnies were extremely effective from three-point range, shooting 58.3% for the game. Ngalakulondi also had three steals and a block.

Another Freshman, Izaiah Brockington had a career performance off the bench with 18 points and 5 assists.

Bonnies Head coach Mark Schmidt explained the importance of the performances of Ngalakulondi and Izaiah Brockington off the bench.

“This is the type of game especially in the second half where you can put them in there and they can gain some confidence, and this will go a long way in their development,” Schmidt said.

Ngalakulondi talked about his confidence moving forward after this game.

“It definitely boosted my confidence,” Ngalakulondi said. “Just go out there and play as hard as we can because I’m just waiting for my name to be called.”

Ngalakulondi also shared the bond he has with his teammate and fellow freshman Izaiah Brockington.

“It was a lot of fun playing with him out there,” he said. “He’s my roommate as well so we have that bond, so it’s fun playing with him out there.”

The Bonnies forced 16 steals with 5 coming from Nelson Kaputo, 4 from Brockington and 3 each from Ndene Guyene and Matt Mobley

“We played really hard,” Schmidt said. “When you have those deflections and us running around the way we did, you get a lot of stuff off our defense.”

Schmidt looked forward to the next step in the Emerald Coast Classic and the challenges that face the team.

“You wish everyone was healthy. You wish everyone was 100%, but that’s just not how it is,” said Schmidt. “We got our work cut out for us, but we’re going to go down there and see how good we are.”

The Bonnies will take on Maryland next on Nov. 24 at 9:30 p.m. EST as a part of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida.

 

Men’s basketball: #Bonnies Vs. Mansfield Quick-Hitters

By Jeff Fasoldt @jeff_fasoldt

Here are some quick-hitters from St. Bonaventure’s 86-45 exhibition victory over D-II Mansfield.

Dominate D: The Bonnies started out in a man-to-man full-court press to start the game and it was enough to suffocate the Mansfield offense and accumulate key turnovers. The Mountaineers had a lot of trouble hanging on to the ball as they committed an astounding 28 turnovers. And, give your Bonnies credit, they had 14 steals.

Dion gets buckets: Dion Wright was a force at the 4-spot for the Bonnies. He went 10 for 12 from the field for 20 points and also had six rebounds for the brown and white. Marcus Posley was second for the Bonnies in points as he went 4-9 from the field for 14.

Everybody gets a slice: Head coach Mark Schmidt used all of his scholarship players in this exhibition and 10 of the 12 players that saw court time recorded at least one field goal.

There’s always a second chance:  While the Bonnies shot well from the field, close to 50-percent, they capitalized heavily off of second-chance points off of 17 rebounds on the offensive glass.

Idris for 3: Idris Taqqee, a fresh recruit for the Bonnies from Cushing Academy, was nothing but impressive in his debut. Last season Bonaventure had it’s struggles from three-point land and they desperately need someone to fill in this season as there key shooter. Taqqee went 2-4 from beyond the arc, hitting two of Bonaventure’s three field goals. Marcus Posley had two, and Jaylen Adams had the other one.

Have to take whats free: In what was a blowout victory for the Bonnies, there was one weak spot. The Bonnies were only 9 for 19 from the line, a mere 49-percent. Last season, missed free-throws seemed to hurt the Bonnies down the stretch in the middle of the season. One exhibition game is not enough to judge how good the Bonnies will be from the line this year but hopefullytheyt will be better than last year.

Key quotes:

“I thought the performance was a good one. I thought we got what we wanted out of the game.” – Bonnies head coach, Mark Schmidt

“The competition’s going to get better.” “I thought our guys played well and hopefully it gives them some confidence going into Dartmouth.” – Schmidt

“We’ll be more athletic than some teams (like Mansfield) but there will definitely be teams that are more athletic than us.” – Schmidt

“The big question for our team is our backcourt, losing to key guys last year, we’ll see who steps up” -Schmidt

 

 

#Bonnies men’s soccer look to bounce back

By Matt Strauss

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies continue their tour of northeastern cities named Newark as they head into New Jersey for a match up against the Highlanders of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  After suffering their first loss of the season on Friday in Newark, Delaware, the Bonnies will look to right the ship quickly with a 1 p.m. Sunday kickoff in Newark, New Jersey.

The Fightin’ Blue Hens of the University of Delaware handed the Bonnies their first loss of the season on Friday evening in a 3-0 rout.  The Bonnies kept it a scoreless tie to the halftime break.  Shortly after the intermission, the breakout freshman from Spain, Guillermo Delgado, put one away to put the Blue Hens in the lead.  Delaware would add two goals in the last 15 minutes, including Delgado getting his eighth of the year in the 86th minute, to finish it off the 3-0 shutout.  The Blue Hens outshot the Bonnies 12-1 in the second half.

However, the Bonnies have a quick turnaround and must have their sights set on walking out of the weekend trip with a win.  That will be a test against a cagey NJIT team.  The Highlanders, who are at the beginning of only their seventh season at the Division I level, enter the matchup with a 1-3-1 mark overall.  Their lone win was their only home game of the early season, a 1-0 shutout victory over Atlantic 10-member George Washington.  The Highlanders have also had two very good showings against ranked opponents: St. John’s and Farleigh Dickinson.  These resulted in losses of 2-1 and 1-0, respectively.  NJIT’s other loss came at the hands of Sacred Heart in another 2-1 loss.  Along with the loss to Sacred Heart, the Highlanders other sketchy result was a 1-1 tie against the Virginia Military Institute.  VMI has lost each of its other four games.

As for the technical aspect of who the Bonnies are facing, NJIT is a defense-first, conservative group.  Whereas Bonaventure has scored 13 goals over their first five games, NJIT has tallied just four in their first five matches.  The Highlanders are coming off of a 10-9 season – their first since making the move to Division I.  However, they are relatively inexperienced this season having only four seniors on a roster of 28 players.  NJIT is a bit difficult to figure out and part of that can be attributed to the fact that first-year head coach Didier Orellana has been mixing things up trying to find out where everyone works the best.  17 different players have made starts in the first five games.  Bonaventure has used the same lineup for every game except for one change in the Incarnate Word win.

Even after their shutout loss on Friday, the Bonnies still boast one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.  Heading into the weekend, St. Bonaventure and Delaware held the nation’s best mark of 13 goals each in their first four games.  Along with that stat, as of Friday, Bonaventure’s Brad Vanino was tied for the nationally lead for total assists as well.  The Bonnies hope that these weapons can help them open up a Highlander defense that has only allowed six goals so far this year.  With the attack of Vanino through the midfield and fellow senior Nicholas Perillo up top (who was tied for third nationally for total points as of Friday), the Bonnies have a serious offensive threat, which will force NJIT to adjust.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at NJIT’s Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium.  Weather.com is predicting a lovely 71 degrees and sunny skies for kickoff, with no chance of rain throughout the afternoon.

New Jersey Institute of Technology Quick Facts – School & Team

  • Public university founded in 1881
  • Just over 7,000 undergraduates
  • An endowment of $77.6 million
  • Members of the recently formed Great West Conference (yes, New Jersey and “West” together)
  • Nicknamed the Highlanders because campus is located in area of Newark called University Heights, or the Newark Highlands

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