ORANGE, Calif. — The senior class of 2020 had their season stolen from them.
For reasons outside of their control, they will never be able to pursue goals for which they worked so hard.
As part of a recurring segment for the remainder of this spring, coaches have the opportunity to thank their seniors one last time.
Continuing the series is Chapman coach Dallas Hartley honoring his six seniors.
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The following six Chapman seniors finished with a total record of 51 -13 in just under 4 seasons of competition. They won two SLC Championships (2018 and 2019), played in three MCLA Final Fours, played in two MCLA Championship games and never lost a regular season SLC contest.
As Seniors: Finished with a 5-2 record.
As Juniors: Finished with a 17-3 record, won the SLC championship and finished as an MCLA semifinalist.
As Sophomores: Finished with a 16-1 record and Won the SLC championship and finished as an MCLA finalist.
As Freshmen: Finished with a 13-7 record, made the SLC semifinals and the MCLA finali.
#27 Fran Bonadies, Midfield
Hamden, Conn. (Hamden)
Bonadies, Chapman’s best two-way midfielder in 2020, scored 17 goals and added 19 assists in his career at Chapman.
Arriving as an attackman from Conn., he scored five goals and dished out three assists as a freshman offensive midfielder. He was asked to move to two-way midfield and learn defense to add to our full field game as a sophomore. He took that challenge without hesitation and quickly became one of Chapman’s best all-around players.
As a sophomore midfielder in 2018, Bonadies scored six goals with 10 assists running second line. He returned his junior year as our best two-way midfielder and was having an exceptional fall ball when he tore his ACL in a scrimmage.
We severely missed his presence in 2019. Healed and ready to go, he returned this season with junior eligibility as a senior, scoring 12 points on six goals and six assists in his first seven games.
Fran, a Business Finance major, is applying for an MBA at Chapman and hopes to finish out his two remaining years of eligibility while attending grad school.
#8 Wiley Bonham, Attack
Alamo, Calif. (Monte Vista)
Bonham has been Chapman’s high scorer during his three-year tenure at Chapman and earned many accolades for his play on the field. He finishes his senior year with 195 career points scoring 144 goals and dishing 51 assists in less than three seasons.
Bonham transferred in to Chapman as a sophomore after playing his freshman year at Loyola (Md.). Bonham quickly burst on to the MCLA national scene scoring the OT winner at Georgia Tech early in the 2018 season.
Bonham was named first team all-SLC, First Team All America and first team all-tournament in 2018 and 2019, He earned the SLC Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.
He had 59 goals and 26 assists as a sophomore, 60 goals and 20 assists as a junior and started off his senior year with 25 goals and 5 assists in just seven games.
Bonham is a senior captain at the top of every team’s defensive scout. Wiley will graduate with a degree in Business Administration and Real Estate this spring.
#9 Parker Halaburda, Faceoff Specialist
Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)
Halaburda graduates this spring as the most decorated faceoff specialist in Chapman history. He finishes with 628 faceoff wins, eight goals, four assists and 236 GBs.
Leading the team in ground balls each of the past three seasons, Halaburda was a force to be reckoned with at the faceoff X with technique and tenacity. He was seconnd team all-SLC Honorable Mention All-America as sophomore in 2018.
Building upon his strong sophomore season, Halaburda was first team all-SLC and First Team All-America in 2019. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken collar bone in the MCLA Semifinals to finish our 2019 season and it was obvious that he was the MVP of our team after we lost him to injury.
Unfazed, he rehabbed and came back stronger than ever for his senior year. He won 71 faceoffs and only lost 29 in the first seven games of his senior year.
Parker, a captain, will graduate this semester with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
#19 Sawyer Montgomery, Defense / FOS
Portland, Ore. (Grant)
Montgomery was a faceoff specialist his freshman and sophomore seasons in 2017 and 2018. Coming to Chapman from Portland, he won 38 faceoffs and picked up 16 ground balls as a freshman.
He won 10 faceoffs with five ground balls as a sophomore. He took a year off from the team as a junior to focus on academics and to complete Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps in Virginia. Montgomery will be commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps this August.
He rejoined the team as a senior moving to long pole, ready to do anything for the team at faceoff or defense. He quickly became the leader of the scout defense as he battled through an injury plagued senior season.
A true team player, he was ready to help any way he could. Sawyer graduates this spring after completing the Honors Program as a Public Relation Major with an emphasis in Advertising.
#2 Jack Phillips, Midfield
Danville, Calif. (San Ramon Valley)
Jack Phillips leaves a lasting legacy as an SSDM, faceoff wing and and two-way midfielder at Chapman.
A true throw-back midfielder, Phillips first made his mark as a winger on faceoffs using his speed and instincts to pick up ground balls. By his sophomore year, he was a key contributor as a member of the faceoff crew and top group of SSDMs.
As a senior in 2020, he was contributing at a high level as a two-way midfielder. He was secon on the team with 22 GBs and scored three goals with one assist in six games. He finishes his career with 97 GBs, 15 goals and four assists.
As a captain, Jack is our glue guy on and off the field and a player that has an extremely high compete level. He graduates this Spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Sociology.
#6 Poochie Stemmler, Attack
Danville, Calif. (Monte Vista)
Poochie Stemmler solidified himself as one of Chapman’s best offensive players during his career, finishing with 128 career points scoring 85 goals and dishing 43 assists.
Named to the SLC all-freshman in 2017, Stemmler mostly played offensive midfield his first two years at Chapman, scoring 20 goals and 13 assists in the first half of his career.
He exploded in 2019 as a junior with 63 points scoring 42 goals and dishing 21 assists as a starting attackman. His senior year started off in similar fashion to 2019. Stemmler scored 23 goals and nine assists in just seven games for a team lead of 32 points.
Poochie, the crafty lefty, is a captain and a great leader by example. He will graduate with a degree in Mathematics and Economics this Spring.