Monday, May 12, 2014

Mike Bonanni Article From 1998

An interesting article about an outstanding Davidsonville native.
U. of MD. press release from 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Mike Bonanni, who captained the Maryland men's lacrosse team to the NCAA Championship game in the three of the past four seasons, was named to the GTE Academic All-America Men's At-Large First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA).

Bonanni, a Davidsonville, Md. native, is a graduate student who holds a 3.512 grade point average in business management. He has been a four-time Dean's List honoree and earned his bachelor's degree in May of 1997 with a 3.8 GPA. He earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll mention five times and was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society. He won the distinctive honor of being selected to win the University of Maryland Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998 and earned a President's Cup Award in 1996.

Maryland played in the NCAA Tournament in each of Bonanni's four years as a starter. The Terps played in the national championship game in 1995, 1997 and 1998. The Terps finished with a 14-3 record and won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship for the first time in the history of the 11-year old event. The 14 wins marked a school record for the men's lacrosse program.

Bonanni anchored the Terps' defense which ranked eighth in the nation in goals allowed with an 8.69 goal allowed per game average. The Terps' defense ranked in the nation's top 10 during each of his four years as a starter.

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