It's not that the freshmen are getting all the glory. It's just that they're contributing in big ways for Niagara.
The women's hockey team got a pair of goals from freshman Ashley Riggs and a pair of assists from freshman Charde Hoyle-Levy to down Colgate, 4-2, at Dwyer Arena on Saturday.
Riggs scored her fourth power-play goal of the season at 15:35 of the first period, then added a short-handed tally just 2:29 into the second period. Katie Gray scored a power-play goal late in the second while Jessica Clermond scored midway through the third for a 4-0 Purple Eagle lead.
Allison Rutledge recorded 24 saves as Niagara (3-5-1) held a 31-26 advantage in shots.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Scott Mollison had 29 saves to earn his second straight win as Niagara defeated Quinnipiac, 4-1, at Dwyer. Ryan Gale and Marc Norrington scored power-play goals for the Purple Eagles (5-6-0). "It was a big weekend for us," said Niagara coach Dave Burkholder. "After going 3-5 on the road, we needed to come home and get results or else we'd be questioning each other, the system, our work ethic. This weekend solidifies what I've said all along, that we're a good hockey team."
At the Buffalo State Ice Arena, Canisius (4-5-1, 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) got two goals from Joel Kitchen in a 4-1 win over Sacred Heart. Bryan Worosz made 17 saves for the Griffs.
"Tonight, we emphasized playing for the full 60 minutes and playing as a team," said Canisius coach Brian Cavanaugh. "With every shift on the ice, it didn't matter what line or defensive pair we put out there. They did exactly what we asked them to."
VOLLEYBALL: Christina Wildes had 27 kills and 17 digs as Canisius earned a four-game win over Niagara at the Koessler Center. Kim Hoffman added 15 kills and eight digs for the Golden Griffins (11-15, 4-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Michelle LeSouder had a match-high 31 kills for the Purple Eagles (7-17, 5-4 MAAC) while Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) had 24 kills.
CROSS COUNTRY: Jenny Koeppel (Amherst) placed ninth in the field of 230 for the University at Buffalo at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Koeppel's time of 20:59.7 was nearly a full minute better than her 21st place finish a year ago and earned her All-Northeast honors. The Bulls placed ninth in team scoring. On the men's side, Dan McKenna placed 90th among 233 runners as the Bulls placed 22nd. . . . Sophomore Jenny Vacanti (Niagara Wheatfield) earned All-Region status for Buffalo State with a 17th-place finish among 201 runners at the Atlantic Regional Championships at St. Lawrence. Vacanti's time of 23:14 missed the NCAA Championship qualifying mark by two seconds.
SWIMMING: Pat Garvey won both the 200 and 100-yard individual medley as Niagara (3-0, 3-0 MAAC) swept the events in a win over Canisius (0-5, 0-2 MAAC). On the women's side, Christen Kane (Lockport) swept the IM events as the Purple Eagles (6-3, 5-1) defeated both Manhattan and the Griffs (0-9, 0-5). . . . Mark Sy won the 1,000 and 500 free and the 200 butterfly as the UB men won their first meet of the season over Mid-American Conference foe Ohio. The women (2-4, 0-4 MAC) won five events but still lost to the Bobcats. . . . The St. Bonaventure men (3-1) won the final event, the 400 free relay, to edge LaSalle while the Bona women (3-2) won 10 events to defeat the Explorers.