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Brad Kenny's first-half goal proved the winner Saturday as the Canisius College men's soccer team defeated Valparaiso, 2-1.

Kenny scored on an assist from John Occhiuto (Williamsville North) 24 minutes into the contest.

Canisius (1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on a goal by freshman Mike Azzarella (North Tonawanda). Occhiuto assisted again.

The University at Buffalo blanked Central Connecticut State, 4-0, in the opening round of the UB Fall Classic. Steve Butcher scored a goal and added two assists for UB (1-0-1). Chris Vinci (St. Joe's) also scored for the Bulls.

An overtime goal by Towson's Alfonso DeMares handed St. Bonaventure its first loss of the season, 5-4, in the Soccer Classic in Richmond, Va. Senior Tim Lemmon scored three goals for the Bonnies (1-1), giving him five for the season.

Jordan McMullen scored for Niagara, as the Purple Eagles fell to 0-2 with a 2-1 loss to Eastern Michigan. Preseason All-MAAC goaltender junior Matt Talarico (Lewiston-Porter) made seven saves for Niagara.

Buffalo State got six saves from goalie Edwin Fritz in a 2-0 loss to Wittenberg of Ohio.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Pat Leone of Canisius won the Lehigh Invitational with a time of 26:01 as the Golden Griffins finished fourth in the five-school meet. Freshman Matt Doyle finished 17th (27:23). St. Bonaventure's Duane Serpentine finished 26th.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Amber Kehr (Sweet Home) had 11 digs and Tami Sartori (Sweet Home) added 12 kills as Buffalo State defeated the University of Rochester in four games. Monica Polka (Lew-Port) added five blocks and six kills in a loss to Fredonia State.

Canisius' Erin Oveis (Medina) set a school record with 21 kills against the University at Buffalo, but the Bulls took the match in four games. Oveis added 11 kills in a three-game loss to Youngstown State later in the day.

Niagara senior middle blocker Bree Feist (Orchard Park) had 15 kills in a losing effort as The Naval Academy defeated the Purple Eagles in four games.

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