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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Buff State softball drops two to end Spring Break trip in Florida

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CLERMONT, Fla. -- Buffalo State ended its Spring Break Trip with two loses, falling to Southern Maine in the opener, 11-3 and Middlebury in game two, 11-2.

GAME #1: Southern Maine – 11, Buffalo State – 3


Abijah Adams (Rochester/Greece-Arcadia) finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored. Melissa Woods (Lakeview/Frontier) went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Laura Crooks (Niagara Falls/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Cassandra O'Hern (Augusta, NJ/High Point) each hit 2-for-4, with O'Hern contributing an RBI. Allie Block (N. Tonawanda/Starpoint) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, as she went five innings allowing four runs (two earned) with one strikeout. Buffalo State got on the board first in the bottom of the opening inning.  O'Hern singled up the middle, driving in Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga) to put the Bengals up 1-0. Southern Maine responded with two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead.  The Huskies added a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 5-1. Buffalo State battled back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on RBI-singles by Adams and Woods to cut the deficit to 5-3. Southern Maine answered right back with a six-run, seventh inning and held the Bengals scoreless in the bottom half to claim the 11-3 victory.

GAME #2: Buffalo State – 2, Middlebury 11 (5 Inn.)


Syymokowiak, O'Hern and Crooks were the only Bengals to record hits in the shortened game.
Buffalo State again found itself ahead 1-0, getting an RBI single by O'Hern in the top of the first.
Middlebury answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Szymokowiak got the game tied at two in the top of the second with an RBI-triple down the right field line.  She was thrown out at home in a close play as she attempted the inside-the-park homerun. The wheels fell off for the Bengals in the bottom half of the inning as the Panthers scored six runs to retake an 8-2 lead.
Middlebury got three more in the fourth, and held Buffalo State scoreless over the remainder of the game to close out the 11-2 win.
                                                                                   
The Bengals hop on a plane to return to Buffalo later this evening as it end its Spring Break trip down in Clermont, Fla.  Buffalo State next plays at Oswego in its first SUNYAC doubleheader of the season on Friday at 3 p.m.

UB softball finale postponed

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Due to weather, today's softball game against Ball State has been postponed. It will be played on Sunday at 9 a.m. at D'Youville College.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Canisius baseball drops series opener, 8-4

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Kennesaw State used a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning to power past Canisius baseball, 8-4 in the opening game of the four-game series on Friday. Canisius had just knotted the game up 1-1 in the top half of the inning prior to the Owls home-half rally. With the loss the Griffs drop to 12-8, while Kennesaw State improve to 9-12 overall.

With the score 1-0, Christ Conley reached base with a free pass and moved over to second, prior to two straight put outs by the Owls.

Tim Kensinger walked following the pair of killings, putting runners on first and second base before a single by Jake Burlingame put the runners in motion.

A throwing error by Kennesaw State led to Conley scoring and brought Kensinger to the plate before a well-timed throw caught the outfielder and ended the inning, with a tied 1-1 score.

The Owls answered back in the home half, rallying with four runs and three hits to retake the lead 5-1, an advantage it never relinquished.

Canisius attempted the come back in the top of the seventh as an RBI double by Stephen Bennett scored one, and a two RBI single by Conely drew the Griffs closer, but again the Owls answered with a run in the home half of the frame.

Zachary Sloan got the start and worked four innings and allowed five runs and five hits to go along with five walks, as he dropped to 1-1 on the year. Brennan Smith came on in relief and worked two innings, allowing two hits and two runs, while Kyle Warner finished the final two innings and allowed three hits and one run.

Conley led the team in both hits and RBI, going 2-of-3 at the dish and tallying a pair of RBI and run in the contest. Nicholson also tallied a pair of hits for the Blue and Gold offense.

Canisius will have a doubleheader against Kennesaw State on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., before wrapping up the series on Sunday with first pitch at noon.

Canisius softball ends tournament play this weekend

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The Canisius softball team will close out the tournament portion of its 2017 schedule Saturday and Sunday when the team travels to Emmitsburg, Md. to take part in the two-day Mount St. Mary's Invite. The Golden Griffins are 11-13 on the year after going 2-2 last weekend at the Battle at the Beach, which was hosted by FGCU in Fort Myers, Florida.

Canisius' 11 wins are the second-most for any team in the MAAC. Marist (13 wins) leads the way for the conference. The Griffs have played more games (24) than any other team in the league (as of March 23). The Blue and Gold has played its share of close games this season, with nine of the team's first 24 contests being decided by just one run. Canisius is 2-7 in one-run games this year. The Griffs played the nation's top-team, Florida State, on March 15 on FGCU's campus. That marked the first time Canisius has played the country's top-ranked softball team since May 20, 2005 when the Griffs played No. 1 Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Griffs enter this weekend's event ranked second in the MAAC in runs scored with 91.

Canisius junior Madi Weathers was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week March 21 - the second time this season she's earned the league's pitcher of the week honors. Weathers went 1-1 with a save and a 0.78 ERA last week in three appearances. She picked up her second shutout of the season March 17 when she went the distance and fanned seven in a 3-0 win over Cleveland State. The Westminster, California native leads Canisius and is tied for the MAAC lead with five wins this season, and her three saves ranks tops in the MAAC and seventh-best in the nation.

As a team, Canisius is batting .277 on the year, which ranks third-best in the conference. Senior Samantha Sharkey leads the way at the plate for Canisius with her .354 batting average. Sharkey saw her career-long 11-game hitting streak come to an end March 15 vs. Florida State. Sophomore Lauren Castro is hitting .347 on the year. She is tied for the MAAC lead in hits (26) and doubles (9), while leading the conference in in total bases (44). Of the Blue and Gold's 177 total hits this season, 48 have been for extra bases. The team has 33 doubles to its credit so far, with seven players having at least two or more two-base hits to their credit.

Cornell is 2-5 on the season, having played fewer games than any other Division I softball team in the nation. Canisius and Cornell have met 20- times previously, with the Big Red leading the series 12-8. Mount St. Mary's is led by former Niagara player Anna Nagro. The Mountaineers are 5-14 this season. The Griffs have played the Mount seven times in program history, with Canisius coming out on top in five of those contests. Morgan State is 7-8 this season. The Bears have won three of their last four games. Canisius is a perfect 6-0 all-time against Morgan State, with the last meeting coming at the 2011 UMBC/Coppin State Invitational in Baltimore.

After playing 27-straight games away from home, Canisius will open the home portion of its 2017 schedule Wednesday, March 29 with a doubleheader against Buffalo. Game one between the Griffs and the Bulls is set for 4 p.m., at the Demske Sports Complex.

NU women's track and field start season at Monmouth

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The Niagara University women's track and field team will open its season at the 22nd Annual Monmouth Season Opener on Saturday.

The 2017 Purple Eagles return 19 letterwinners, including Caroline Hampton (Mid-Distance), Kayla Murphy (Mid-Distance), Mara Skordynski (Sprinter), Monique McBride (Sprints/Long Jump), Jamie Guadagno (Sprinter/Long Jumper), and Maggie Gerard (Throws). Christine Kloiber begins her fourth season in charge of the program.

Niagara concluded the 2016 MAAC Championships medaling in five events and finished in eight placed ahead of Siena and Canisius. The Purple Eagles were tabbed tied for eighth with Canisius in the 2017 MAAC Preseason Poll.

Niagara competed in two indoor exhibitions on January 27-28 and on February 18 hosted by The College of Brockport Golden Eagles. The 4x400m relay team of Mara Skordynski, Kelly Nichols, Caroline Hampton and Sarah Grubbs earned a first place finish with a time of 4:14.95. Senior Mara Skordynski ran the 400m in a time of 1:00.82 earning her a fist place finish in day 2. Sophomore Maggie Gerard and Freshman Morgan Palmer finished third and fifth place, respectively, in the shot put with throws of 11.95m and 11.48m, respectively. Niagara had two top-10 finishes in the 5000m run, seniors Kayla Murphy and Megan Helf finished with times of 20:27.54 and 20:33.19 giving them 7th and 8th place, respectively, in the event. In the 60m dash, sophomore Jamie Guadagno and Freshman Akira Thornton finished in with times of 8.12 and 8.21 which earned them second and third place, respectively.

UB softball drops MAC-Opening doubleheader to Ball State

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BUFFALO -- The University at Buffalo softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader to Ball State in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools.  The games were played at Dobson Field at D'Youville College.

The Cardinals won the opener 6-0 as Ball State opened the game with a solo home run from Maddy Labrador.  UB continued to trail by just one until the fifth when Ball State scored one more and then the Cardinals broke the game open with four runs in the sixth.

Junior Danielle Lallos had two of Buffalo's five hits in the opener, including a double in the fourth inning, but she was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.  The Bulls put two runners on in the sixth, but were unable to score.

Sophomore Ally Power picked up the loss as she pitched 5.1 innings and allowed six run, while striking out five.  Taylor Light pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit.

In the second game, Ball State scored two runs in the top of the first, but the Bulls answered with one in the bottom half of the inning. Jenelle Martinez led the inning off with a walk and she moved to third following a wild pitch and a ground out.  She came in to score on an infield single by freshman Jessica Goldyn.  Ball State added one in the second, but led just 3-1 until the fifth.

Ball State scored four runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead.  Martinez led the fifth off for UB with a double, but she was unable to get further than second base.  The Cardinals added two more in the sixth inning to increase their lead to eight.  Goldyn hit a ground-rule double to open the bottom of the sixth, but UB again couldn't score.

Senior Bobbi Langlois picked up the loss as she pitched 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs, just four of those earned.  Goldyn went 2-for-2 in the game, while Martinez went 1-for-1 with two walks.

"We have to find a way to put the ball in play when we have RBI situations," said head coach Trena Peel.  "We had too many strikeouts today."

The Bulls and Cardinals are scheduled to complete their three-game series Saturday morning at Dobson Field at 9 a.m.

NU tennis hosts Bonnies on Sunday

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WILLIAMSVILLE -- After three weeks on the road, the Niagara Purple Eagles men's and women's tennis teams return home to face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Sunday at the Village Glen Tennis Center.

The Purple Eagles men's team has won their last two matches to snap a 10-match losing streak. Niagara edged Mount St. Mary's, 4-3, on March 18 and Mercyhurst, 5-4, on March 19. Niagara's top three singles players (Taylan Ozdemir, Felipe Fuentes, Francis Nadeau) are coming off back-to- back winning performances in their matches against Mount St. Mary's and Mercyhurst. Francis Nadeau was named MAAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week on March 22. Nadeau went 2-1 in singles and doubles to help the Purple Eagles to a 2-1 record in three matches last week. In No. 3 singles, Nadeau defeated Mount St. Mary's (Md.) Louis Tonon, 6-3, 6-2 and defeated Mercyhurst's Joaquin Aguilera in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

The Bonnies won both matches against the Purple Eagles last season. The men's tennis team is coming in having dropped each of their last three matches to St. Francis (PA), Dayton and Duquesne. Hector Martinez has put together a strong performance at second singles, boasting a 9-7 record, including a 3-1 record in conference.

On the women's side, Niagara went 1-2 last weekend. The Purple Eagles' 4-3 win over Mount St. Mary's stopped an 11-match skid. In their last match against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 30, 2016, the Purple Eagles defeated the Bonnies by a 5-2 result. Shannon Wong will be looking for her third win in a row against St. Bonaventure. Last season against the Bonnies she played fourth singles, defeating Dominique Mortier (4-6, 6-2, 6-3). Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Niagara has won all three of the matchups against St. Bonaventure.

The women's tennis team has lost its last four matches. Mara Martinez-Santori and Gabriella Bowe will look to continue their strong play at first doubles, as they have won two of their past three matchups at the position. The Bonnies will be looking for their first victory over the Purple Eagles since April 11, 2012, when they defeated Niagara 5-2.

Buff State softball loses to Elmhust, storms back on Calvin

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CLERMONT, Fla. -- Buffalo State dropped a 10-7 decision to Elmhurst despite outhitting the Blue Jays, and then erased a five-run deficit to post a 6-5 victory over Calvin today in Florida.

GAME #1: Elmhurst – 10, Buffalo State - 7


Buffalo State outhit Elmhurst 14-9, but came out on the short end of a 10-7 decision in the day's first game. Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga) was perfect at the plate for the Bengals, going 4 for 4 with three doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Julia Blujus (Amherst/Sacred Heart) finished 3 for 5 with a run scored, while Laura Crooks (Niagara Falls/Niagara Wheatfield) was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Melissa Woods (Lakeview/Frontier) was also 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Blue Jays scored five runs on four hits in the first inning and never let the Bengals dig out of the hole. Buffalo State assembled a three-run fifth inning to close the gap to three runs at 8-5, but Elmhurst reclaimed the cushion with a two-run sixth inning. The Bengals managed to plate one run in the seventh and then bring the tying run to the plate with no outs, but following a pitching change, the Blue Jays secured three-straight outs to end the threat and seal the win. Nicole Adams (Lockport/Starpoint) took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. Allie Block (N. Tonawanda/Starpoint) tossed 5 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering five runs on five hits with six strikeouts.

GAME #2: Buffalo State – 6, Calvin - 5


The Bengals stormed back from a 5-0 deficit and won the late game over Calvin on a walk-off RBI single by Cassandra O'Hern (Augusta, NJ/High Point) that scored Crooks. Block finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a runs scored and earned her fourth win of the season in the circle, tossing three innings of no-hit scoreless relief while fanning four. O'Hern finished 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Crooks was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs, and Blujus was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Calvin took advantage of one hit, a walk and an error to plate a pair of runs to open the scoring in the third inning. Then after a leadoff home run in the fifth, the Knights strung together three more hits and pushed the lead to 5-0. Buffalo State responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to even the score, capitalizing on four hits and three Calvin errors.
                                                                                               
Buffalo State will close out its stay in Florida Saturday with two more games against Southern Maine and Middlebury at 9 and 11:30 a.m. respectively.

Sam Houston State powers by UB baseball, 20-5

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HUNTSVILLE, TX – The University at Buffalo baseball team dropped the second game of a three-game series to the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Friday afternoon by the score of 20-5. With the loss, the Bulls fall to 5-14 on the season while Sam Houston improves to 17-6 overall.

The Bearkats got on the board in the first inning as Clayton Harp connected on a double to right center before coming around to score on Andrew Fregia's RBI double into the gap in right center field, making the score 1-0 in favor of the home team through one inning.

After a scoreless second inning, the Bulls were able to get on the board in the top of the third inning as they plated a pair of runs. Phillip Tomasulo led off the inning with a single to center before stealing second base while Brian Dudek earned a walk to give UB two runners on. Ben Haefner then dug in and delivered a triple to right center field to plate two Buffalo runners and give the Bulls the 2-1 lead.

Sam Houston State wasted no time regaining the lead in the bottom half of the third inning as they scored three runs to take the 4-2 lead over the visiting Bulls. Their lead was then extended to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Lance Miles doubled into right center field to plate Riley McKnight.

Buffalo responded in the top of the fifth with a run of their own to make it 5-3 in favor of the home team. Alex Thrower led off the inning with a triple to deep right center field before coming in to score on Dudek's groundout to short, his 13th RBI of the season.

The Bearkats scored a run for the third straight inning in the bottom of the fifth as Blake Chisolm doubled to deep center and then came around to score on Hunter Hearn's single to center field. The home team then added a sacrifice fly and a standup triple to make the score 8-3 in favor of the Bearkats.

The home team put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning as they plated five runs to take the dominant 13-3 lead.

Tomasulo opened up the top of the seventh inning with a double down the left field line and then came around to score on a Dudek RBI single to center field. Vinny Mallaro then was able to plate Dudek with a RBI double to deep right field to cut the Bulls deficit to eight, 13-5.

The Bearkats wouldn't let UB get any closer as they added four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the dominant 20-5 victory.

Dudek finished off his game going 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while reaching base safely for the 17th straight game. Haefner went 1-for-5 with two RBI as he extended his career-long reaching base safely streak to 19 straight games. Mallaro notched a multi-hit game, 2-for-4, while collecting one RBI with a double. Tomasulo had a strong day at the dish going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss.

Sam Houston was led offensively by Hunter Hearn who finished off his huge day going 4-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored while Taylor Beene went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the win.

The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Saturday at 4:00 pm as the Bulls will send Shawn Dubin to the mound.

Canisius men’s lacrosse faces Manhattan in MAAC road test

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BUFFALO - Canisius men’s lacrosse takes to the road this weekend as it travels downstate to face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Manhattan.

The Griffs (3-4, 1-0 MAAC) and Jaspers (2-6, 0-1 MAAC) square off Saturday in a in a 1 p.m. matinee at Gaelic Park in Riverdale. The game is part of a lacrosse doubleheader that features the Canisius women’s lacrosse team taking on Manhattan in a conference contest slated for 4 p.m.

Canisius (3-4) eyes a return to the win column after suffering a 20-11 defeat at the hands of No. 8/9 Albany at the Demske Sports Complex on Tuesday. Junior Connor Kearnan continues to lead the Griffs in goals (18), assists (15) and points (33). Kearnan ranks in the top 15 nationally in both points (12th) and assists (15th) per game while sitting in the top 30 in goals per contest (26th). Senior Jeff Edwards (7g, 11a) and junior Ryan McKee (12g, 6a) are tied for second on the team in scoring with 18 points apiece. McKee finished with three goals for his third hat trick of the season in Canisius’ matchup with the Great Danes on Tuesday. Junior Liam Ganzhorn has started all seven games in goal for the Griffs. He sports a .470 save percentage and a 11.71 goals against average in those contests. Canisius has made the most of its man-up situations this season as it ranks eighth nationally in man-up offense (.500). The Griffs, who are 10-of-20 with the extra attacker this season, were just 1-of-5 in extra man opportunities in their matchup with Albany on Tuesday.

Nationally-ranked Albany scored four goals in the opening 3:23 of the contest and never looked back as the Great Danes posted a 20-11 victory over Canisius Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex. Connor Fields powered a high-powered Albany attack that established a new season high for goals with seven points (4g, 3a) as the Great Danes extended their winning streak to five games with the victory. Juniors Connor Kearnan and Ryan McKee tallied three goals each for the Griffs (3-4). Junior Steven Coss tallied two goals and an assist, while freshman Alex Hornung finished with a goal and two assists. Kearnan recorded his fifth hat trick of the season and his third in as many games with his three-goal effort on Tuesday. McKee, meanwhile, posted his third hat trick of the season and the fifth of his collegiate career with his three-goal effort on Tuesday. Junior Liam Ganzhorn recorded double-digit saves in a game for the third time this season and the 10th time in his career as he finished Tuesday’s contest with 11 saves. Freshman Reece Eddy paced Canisius with six ground balls while sophomore Logan Monroe led the squad with three caused turnovers.

Manhattan heads into Saturday’s contest looking to halt a losing skid that reached four games last week with a 14-11 setback at Detroit Mercy on March 18. The Jaspers are led offensively by Parker Giarrantana, who paces the team in goals (21) and points (27). Giarratana ranks second in the MAAC in goals (2.62) and sixth in points (3.38) per game. CJ Scharf serves as Manhattan’s top playmaker, dishing out a team-best 11 assists to rank sixth on the circuit in assists per contest (1.25). Michael Zingaro has started all eight contests in goal for the Jaspers. Zingaro ranks second in the nation in saves per game (13.38) and holds a 14.45 goals against average in 481 minutes played this season.

The Griffs own a convincing 18-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Jaspers. Canisius has won the last 10 meetings versus Manhattan, dating back to the 2008 season. The Jaspers have not defeated the Griffs since a 13-6 win in 2007. The Griffs have won their last three trips to Manhattan, winning the four games by a combined total of eight goals. Last season, Jeff Edwards recorded seven points with three goals and four assists to pace the Griffs to a 13-11 come-from-behind triumph at the Demske Sports Complex.

Canisius returns home Tuesday to host non-conference foe Binghamton in a 4 p.m. contest at the Demske Sports Complex. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.

NU baseball begins MAAC play at Manhattan

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NIAGARA UNIV. -- The Niagara baseball team opens conference play with a three-game series at Manhattan March this weekend, playing a doubleheader on Saturday and a third game on Sunday.

Niagara swept a doubleheader with Bowling Green on Sunday. The Purple Eagles won game one, 3-1, and game two, 3-2. Greg Cullen, Peter Battaglia, and Nick Bernick led the team with one RBI each and Tanner Kirwer and Trevor McCauley had a team-high two hits each in game one. Matthew Brash (3-0) earned the game one win, striking out two batters and allowing only two hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Battaglia, Kirwer and Joel Brophy had one RBI each in game two and Joseph Tevlin had a team-best two hits. On the mound, Nate Mascellino (1-1) earned the win. He had two strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Matt McCuen, who took the mound late in each game, earned two saves on the day.

Battaglia and Greg Cullen lead the team in RBI with 14 each. Battaglia and Cullen each also have a team-high 20 hits. Battaglia leads the Purple Eagles at the plate with a .328 average. Kirwer has a team-high 15 runs scored, 11 doubles and 10 stolen bases. On the mound, Brash (3-0) leads the Niagara pitching staff with 24.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 20 batters and has an ERA of 2.25. Daniel Procopio (2-1) has a team-best 24 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. He is holding opponents to a team-low .162 average. McCuen leads the team in saves with three on the season so far.

Outfielder Evan Brown leads the Jaspers with eight RBI and is also batting a team-best .391. Catcher Fabian Pena leads the team with 20 hits and seven doubles. Jason Patnick, an outfielder, and infielder Michael Pfenninger both have a team-best eight runs scored. Joey Rocchietti (1-2) leads Manhattan with 23.1 innings pitched. He has an ERA of 3.86. Tom Cosgrove (0-2) and Marc Galvan (1-1) have each pitched a complete game for the Jaspers this season.

The Purple Eagles open their home schedule April 1-2 when they host Saint Peter's for a three game series.

Buff State’s DeLaVergne claims All-America honors

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BUFFALO -- The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) has announced its Men's CCM Hockey Division II-III All-Americans and has tabbed Buffalo State goalie Mike DeLaVergne (Pawling, NY/Pawling) with third team honors.

The senior business major becomes just the third Buffalo State hockey player to garner All-America honors, joining forward Todd Nowicki (second team in 2001-02) and goalie Kevin Carr (third team in 2013-14).

DeLaVergne was also named the SUNYAC Goalie of the Year after backstopping Buffalo State to a program single-season record of 18 wins to go with a school-record 1.98 goals against average (10th-best in Division III) and .927 save percentage (18th in D-III) as the Bengals advanced to the SUNYAC Semifinals for the sixth-consecutive year.

The senior also set career school records with a .926 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average while posting a record of 37-18-8.

A Buffalo State Scholar-Athlete Award winner, DeLaVergne is currently working to finish his degree while simultaneously playing professional hockey with the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

UB baseball snaps losing streak with 5-3 win

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The University at Buffalo baseball team (5-13, 0-0 MAC) snapped their 10-game losing streak on Thursday night on the road at Sam Houston State as they downed the Bearkats 5-3. Senior right-handed pitcher Alec Tuohy collected his fourth win of the season as he struck out a season-high nine batters in the victory.

After the Bulls went 1-2-3 in the first inning, the Bearkats struck for the first run of the game in the bottom of the first as Clayton Harp doubled to right center and Andrew Fregia brought him around to score on a single to left field to give the home team the 1-0 lead.

Finally in the fourth inning, the Bull were able to break through for three runs to take the lead. With two outs and runners on first and second, Phillip Tomasulo singled to left field to score Jeff Palczewski from second. Alex Thrower then notched a single to right field to score Ben Vey and Ben Haefner earned a walk to score Tomasulo from third to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Bulls.

The Bearkats got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning as Harp grounded out and Riley McKnight scored from third base on the fielder's choice.

Buffalo starter Alec Tuohy then pitched a pair of 1-2-3 innings to preserve the UB 3-2 lead into the eighth inning. After a pitching change by the Bearkats, the Bulls notched two runs to take the dominant 5-2 lead. Thrower earned a walk to plate Palczewski from third before Andrew Taft scored on a wild pitch to give the Bulls the three-run lead.

Tuohy then pitched a masterful eighth inning as he struck out the first batter, earned a ground out and after a walk, ended the inning with another ground out to send the game to the ninth with UB leading 5-2.

After a 1-2-3 inning by the Bulls, the Bearkats were able to plate just one run on UB closer Logan Harasta to make it 5-3 before he induced a line out to first base to end the bases loaded threat and earn the Bulls fifth win of the season and his third save.

Tuohy finished off his team-leading fourth win of the season going 8.0 innings while allowing seven hits, three runs, three walks and striking out a season-best nine batters. Harasta closed out his third save of the season striking out one batter in an inning of work.

Thrower closed out his game going 1-for-4 at the plate with a team-best two RBI while senior Kyle Brennan extended his career-long hitting streak to 16 games as he went 2-for-4 at the dish. Tomasulo went 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI while Palczewski finished off his night going 1-for-3 with a team-best two runs. Haefner earned a pair of walks in the win, extending his career-best reaching base streak to 18 straight games.

The Bulls and Bearkats will collide in the second game of their three-game set on Friday at 12:00 pm. Buffalo will send junior Charlie Sobieraski to the mound.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Niagara men's soccer opens spring schedule Sunday

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NIAGARA UNIV. -- The Niagara men's soccer team announced its five-game spring schedule in preparation for the 2017 season on Thursday. The spring schedule includes four games at Niagara Field starting on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. against Guelph University.

The Purple Eagles begin the month of April against the Canadian Vaughn Soccer Club on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Niagara will host crosstown rival Canisius for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday, April 8.

Niagara wraps up its home slate for the 2017 spring schedule on Wednesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. against the Mercyhurst University Lakers. NU, then, heads to Olean, New York to face St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

In their first season under head coach Bill Boyle, the Purple Eagles finished tied for eighth in the MAAC with a 3-6-1 conference record (4-11-2 overall) after being picked 11th in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. 2016 season was highlighted by a 4-0 non-conference win over Robert Morris in the season opener and a 1-0 overtime victory over MAAC regular-season champion Quinnipiac.

Stay connected with the Purple Eagles through social media. Follow Niagara Athletics on Twitter @NUPurpleEagles and for men's soccer updates, follow @NiagaraSoccer.

2017 Niagara Men's Soccer Spring Schedule

Sun. 3/26 vs. Guelph University, 2:00 p.m.
Sun. 4/2 vs. Vaughn Soccer Club, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 4/8 vs. Canisius College, 5:00 p.m.
Wed. 4/19 vs. Mercyhurst University, 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 4/23 at St. Bonaventure University, 2:00 p.m.

UB tennis falls to Charleston Southern, 6-1

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CHARLESTON, SC – The University at Buffalo women's tennis team ended its Spring Break trip with a 6-1 loss to a red-hot Charleston Southern team, who won their 10th straight match on Thursday afternoon.  The Bulls have now completed their non-conference season with a 6-5 record.

The Buccaneers won the doubles point with victories at two and three, but the Bulls did claim a win at first doubles as Margarita Kotok and Tanja Stojanovska won their match, 6-2.

Charleston Southern won five of the six matches at singles, but Stojanovska won at singles for the Bulls as she came away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at first singles.  The Buccaneers won four of the five matches in straight sets with freshman Emel Abibula taking her contest to three sets.

The Bulls will open MAC play at home on Friday afternoon when they host Akron at 1:00 pm.

Canisius women's lacrosse opens MAAC play at Manhattan

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RIVERDALE -- The Canisius women’s lacrosse team opens conference play this Saturday, March 25, taking on Manhattan in a 4 p.m. contest.

The Griffs were victorious in their last outing, getting an 18-10 win on the road over Michigan two Sundays ago (March 12).

The Blue and Gold enter MAAC play as the defending conference champions, and have gone undefeated in regular season conference play in each of the last two seasons (16-0).

The Griffs completed non-conference play with a 5-4 record, highlighted by wins over Oregon, Delaware and Michigan. Junior Erica Evans leads the team’s offensive attack with 29 goals and 37 points. Evans ranks 12th nationally in goals and 17th in total points. The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year also leads the team in ground balls (25) and caused turnovers (16).  Junior Lauren Smolensky leads the team in assists with 19, ranking 12th nationally in the category. Junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken holds a 5-4 overall record, and ranks third in the country in total saves at 104. She second in the NCAA in saves per game at 11.56.

Manhattan enters Saturday’s meeting with a 2-5 overall record, gaining wins over Saint Mary’s (16-3) and LIU Brooklyn (15-12). The team ranks ninth in the country in free position percentage, scoring on 19-of-36 attempts. The Jaspers are led offensively by Molly Fitzpatrick, who has totaled 15 goals and 21 points. Darby Nolan ranks second on the team with 12 goals and 18 points. Goalkeeper Nikki Prestiano is 2-5 with an 11.68 goals-against average and a .466 save percentage.

Canisius is 10-9 all-time against the Jaspers, winning their last nine matchups against Manhattan. The teams first squared off in 1998 with the Golden Griffins being defeated 16-2. The Griffs were victorious in their meeting last year, winning by a score of 19-3 from the Demske Sports Complex.

The Griffs return home for a Saturday morning meeting against Iona on April 1 at 11 p.m., before hosting Siena on April 5 at 4 p.m.

Herne tallies 200th point as Buff State women's lacrosse falls to Muhlenberg

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Junior Alanna Herne (Tonawanda/Tonawanda) became the fifth player in Buffalo State history to record her 200th career point, but it came in a 16-10 loss at Muhlenberg today in a non-conference contest.

Herne led the Bengals with five points on three goals and two assists, giving her 117 goals and 84 assists for 201 points in just 39 career games. Christina Krowel (Amsterdam/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) added two goals and an assist, while Nina Schaefer (Lafayette/Lafayette) also scored twice. Cassie Saint-Vil (Middletown/Middletown), Jackie Dufresne (Lake View/Frontier) and Kyra Thompson (Massena/Salmon River) added a goal apiece for the Bengals. Schaefer netted both of her goals in the opening five minutes to push Buffalo State out to an early 2-0 lead, but Muhlenberg answered with five-straight goals and never trailed again. The Mules led 8-5 at halftime.

Buffalo State scored first in the second half to cut the deficit to two, but Muhlenberg responded with three goals in a minute and 30 seconds and never let the Bengals threaten the rest of the way. Muhlenberg controlled play for the bulk of the game, outshooting the Bengals 46-21, including 39-17 on goal.
Both Buffalo State goalkeepers were strong with Elyse Stark (Lido Beach/Long Beach) making 11 stops and allowing eight goals, and Megan Doyle (Palmyra/Palmyra-Macedon) turning aside 12 shots while giving up eight goals. The Mules also had a 26-12 advantage in ground balls, a 19-10 edge in draw controls, and forced 22 Bengal turnovers while only committing 11.

Buffalo State will visit nationally-No. 17 ranked William Smith on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Canisius baseball heads back to Georgia

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The Canisius baseball team continues its 2017 slate this weekend, as the squad heads to Kennesaw, Ga., to take on Kennesaw on March 24-26. The four game set begins with a Friday match up at 3 p.m., followed by a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Sunday the two teams clash for one final time, beginning at 12 p.m.

It will be the final non-conference weekend series, as the squad will head home following the series, in order to get ready for its MAAC homeopener against Monmouth on April 1-2. The Hawks and Griffs will open with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., before concluding the series at 12 p.m. on Sunday

The Griffs are coming off a successful non-conference series against the George Mason Patriots last weekend, dropping the opening contest in 10 innings but bouncing back with 4-2 ad 7-1 wins. Liam Wilson’s four hits and three RBI helped erase a 5-0 deficit but the Griffs squandared the tied score, as George Mason plated the winning run in the bottom of th 10th. Canisius bounced back in game two of the doubleheaer, edging the Patriots 4-2, with a Tim Kensinger dinger, which gave Canisius an insurance run. In the finale the offense scored early and often, tallying runs in three of the first four innings, on the way to a 7-1 rout.

The Owls come into the weekend with a 8-12 overall record and having yet to enter its Big South slate. Kennesaw State is coming off a tough four-game stretch having dropped a trio of games to Oklahoma and a single game to Georgia. Offensively the Owls are ledy by Taylor Allum, who is batting .400 for the year, rapping out 26 hits in 65 at bats. Allum also leads the team in RBI (22) and homeruns (8). Austin Upshaw has also been a source of offense for the Owls, having posted a .354 batting average to go along with 29 hits, 20 RBI as well as five home runs. Tony Dibrell has been the team’s ace so far this year, posting a 1.14 ERA in five appearances, to go along with a 1-2 record. Dibrell also paces the team in strikeouts with 41, nearly doubling the next highest pitcher. Mason Ward has also made a trio of starts and is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA. AJ Moore has started five games for the Owls, and has a 4.85 ERA and is second on the team in strikeouts with 22.

The Griffs have been on quite a run in the early portion of its schedule and a lot of its due to the consistency the team is showing on the field. Here is a look at current streaks on the team:

  • Ryan Stekl had a season-high 17 game reached-base streak ended last game, as he went 17-straight getting board. 
  • Jake Lumley currently has a team-best seven game hitting streak going, with the season-long coming from Liam Wilson who recorded 10-straight games with a hit. 
  • Coinciding with his seven-game hitting streak, Lumley has the longest current reached-base streak on the team, matching his seven games. 
  • Next best is Wilson having reached base in four-straight games. 

The Griffs have had a number players swinging a strong bat this season, with the senior Jake Lumley leading the way with a .407 batting average and 10 RBI. Also having strong seasons are Liam Wilson and Ryan Stekl. Wilson is second on the team in batting average with a .342 mark, and is second in hits with 26. Stekl ranked third on the team with a .324 batting average and also has 24 hits. Christ Conley is tied for the team lead in RBI with 13, and also has notched 15 hits and one dinger on the year. J.P. Stevenson is back in a groove for the Griffs after having a down sophomore season, plagued by injury, leading the starters with a 1.85 ERA and a 4-1 record. Andrew Sipowicz is next on the list with a 1.763 ERA in a pair of starts and six appearances, while he leads the team in strikeouts with 30. Zachary Sloan has also been a cog in the rotation, appearing in five games, making five starts and is 1-0 with a 6.66 ERA and 22 k’s. Another name to keep an eye on in the rotation is that of Andrew Kneussle who started the year hurt but has now started three games for the Blue and Gold. Kneussle has yet to be touched with an earned run with a 0.00 ERA and has posted eight strikeouts so far in 2017. The Blue and Gold’s bullpen has many interesting options with newcomers Brennan Smith and Will Frank getting thrown into the fire quickly and responding in kind, combining for 21.2 innings between them. Smith boasts a 2.92 ERA in six appearances and 10 strikeouts, while Frank has been a strikeout machine, mowing down 11 batters in 9.2 innings of work. Tyler Smith has had the unenviable task of filling in for the 2016 MAAC Reilever of the Year, Iannick Remillard, who will go down as one of the best to play the game, but the junior reliever has done well in filling the shoes. Smith has appeared in six games, maintains a 1.12 ERA and has three saves so far this season

Canisius' Williams tabbed as Mike Richter Award finalist

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BUFFALO -- Canisius goaltender Charles Williams has been named a finalist for the 2017 Mike Richter Award, Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced Thursday.

Given annually to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s ice hockey, candidates for the Mike Richter Award were determined by nominations from all 60 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. The 10 semifinalists, five finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media. The fourth annual award will be presented at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Chicago.

Candidates for the Mike Richter Award must display outstanding skills on the ice. They should be in good academic standing at an NCAA college or university and must have appeared in 50 percent or more of his team’s contests that season. Consideration should be given to academic achievement and sportsmanship while the candidate’s activities in the community should also factored into the nomination.

The Atlantic Hockey Conference Player of the Year and an All-AHC First Team selection, Williams led the Griffs to their first AHC regular season championship while leading the league in goals-against average (1.82), save percentage (.943), shutouts (6) and saves (1,016).

A native of Canton, Mich., he posted a 21-7-5 overall record and ranks first in the nation in save percentage and shutouts, is tied for third in goals-against average, ranks fourth in saves and is tied for 12th in wins.

The graduate transfer netminder played in all but five games this season for the Golden Griffins, allowing two goals or less 25 times. Williams stopped 30 or more shots in 15 games this season, including a career-high 46 in a 2-2 tie at Air Force on Jan. 14.

The six-time AHC Goalie of the Week honoree posted a .930 or better save percentage in 21 games. A Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist, Williams is a master’s degree candidate in sport administration at Canisius.

The 2017 Mike Richter Award will be presented at ESPN’s #CawlidgeHawkey event at Kitty O’Sheas in the Hilton Chicago on Friday, April 7 (7 p.m. CT), featuring John Buccigross and Barry Melrose. Fans are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature a Q&A, giveaways, autographs and lots of college hockey talk. More details to be announced next week.

Canisius rowing returns to action at the Murphy Cup

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Canisius rowing program returns to the water for its spring competitive season on Saturday, as the squad competes in the 35th Memorial Murphy Cup in Philadelphia, Pa.

“We are excited to kick off the racing this weekend,” head coach Erin Neppel said.  “The team has a lot of momentum coming out of an extremely tough spring training camp, and it’ll be interesting to see how they stack up in the early season. They have become excellent at rolling with the punches, and while we haven’t been able to get out to row in the couple days since we got back, I know it won’t be a factor to these guys. They’re just going to get out there and go.”

The last time the Blue and Gold hit the water in a race-day setting was the on the sports’ grandest stage, as the Griffs battled tough regatta conditions for a 20th place finish at the Head of the Charles in Boston.

Prior to the crown jewel of the fall season, Canisius enjoyed a strong fall, recording first-place finishes against Buffalo, at the Challenge on the Canal, and its own home race of the Head of the Niagara/Wright Regatta.

Despite the long layover in actual race-conditions, the Griffs are excited to be competing against crews that they may not be as familiar with, which provides an added challenge, as the Blue and Gold push towards the conference Championship.

“I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to race crews that we typically don’t get to see, and a lot of them are fast,” Neppel said. “This should be an excellent chance to get some good hard trips down the racecourse under our belts to set up a busy spring schedule."

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