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Men’s roundup: @SJUHawks_MLax opens with win behind Cole; Sopko leads Bucknell

Sunday, 9th February 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/10/20
From Press Release

Saint Joseph’s sophomore face-off specialist Zach Cole (Lenape-NJ) went 88.0 percent from the X and redshirt freshman attackman Levi Anderson dropped a game-high five points in his collegiate debut to lead the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse squad (1-0) to a 15-8 victory over Saint Bonaventure (0-1) in a game played at the Buffalo Bills ADPRO Training Center on Sunday afternoon.

Cole won a career-high 24 possessions in a career-high 27 opportunities en route to his career-high 88.0-percent showing. The sophomore added a game-high 11 ground balls and a fourth-quarter goal in the win.

Anderson scored a team-high four goals and added a helper to lead 11 Hawks with at least one point. Freshman attackman Mac McLaughlin (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) and freshman midfielder Matt Bohmer scored twice each while the junior trio of attackmen Matt Tufano and Nate Patterson and midfielder Evan Campbell went for one goal and two assists apiece.

Postgame thoughts from St. Joe’s Coach Taylor Wray:
“Zach Cole was a force to be reckoned with today. What makes him special is his ability to pick up the ball under distress and deal with pressure. He is one of the best athletes on our roster, and to be as talented as he is facing off makes him a very difficult match-up.”

“I was so excited for Levi Anderson to make the impact that he did today. He has been waiting for this opportunity for so long, and he is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. He is only going to get better as he gets more comfortable out there.”

“I was really pleased with our freshmen overall today. We had five freshmen score their first overall points and 11 total points come from freshmen. I thought Matt Bohmer played with terrific poise on our first midfield and both Colin Reich and Ryan Overbay made solid contributions on our second midfield.”

“The junior trio of Evan Campbell, Austin Strazzulla, and Matt Tufano was a steady force for us on offense. Defensively, Mike Adler played really well; he has been terrific for us this preseason, and he was on point again today. He steals a few each game.”

“We made a ton of mistakes, and we have a lot to clean up. We are still a young team, and we will improve over the course of the season. Every mistake will be amplified up at Penn State next weekend. You slip up in the slightest and they will make you pay.”

Bucknell 11, Bryant 9

Tommy Sopko (Conestoga) scored two goals and Brett Hobbs (Salesianum School) added one to lead the Bison (2-0).

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