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KOEPPEL WILL RACE IN NCAAS

Jennifer Koeppel (Amherst) of the University at Buffalo, the Mid-American Conference champion, was chosen as one of three at-large qualifiers for the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championship, which will be hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22.

Saturday, Koeppel finished ninth in a field of 230 runners at the NCAA Northeast Regional held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Koeppel is the first woman in UB cross country history to earn a spot in the Division I championship run.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Allison Paiano's power-play goal with 1:12 left in the opening period stood up to give Colgate a 1-0 victory over Niagara and a split of their weekend series in Dwyer Arena.

Niagara (3-6-1) went 0 for 5 on the power play. Purple Eagles goalie Nikki Rudy made 16 saves. Each of Rudy's four losses this season has been by just one goal, including two 1-0 games. Her goals-against average is 1.99 with a .934 save percentage.

The Purple Eagles return to action Friday and Saturday when they face College Hockey America opponent Quinnipiac in Connecticut.

In the SUNYAC, Buffalo State lost at undefeated Plattsburgh, 7-0, to fall to 2-4-1 on the season, 0-2 in conference play. Bengals goalie Meredith Larsen had 35 saves as her team was outshot, 42-6.

WRESTLING: UB's Mark McKnight (3-1) lost to No. 1-ranked Sam Hazewinkel of Oklahoma in the 125-pound finals of the Oklahoma Gold Classic at Brockport on Saturday. In the semifinals, McKnight defeated Kent State's Kent Opfer, who was the Mid-American Conference runner-up to McKnight last year.

MEN'S HOCKEY: Sean O'Connell (St. Francis), Sean Burke and Matt Samson scored for Buffalo State (2-5-1, 1-2-1 SUNYAC) in a 5-3 loss to Plattsburgh.

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