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NU SOFTBALL EARNS SPLIT; BUFFALO STATE LAX IS 3-0

Freshman Tory Healy drove in all three Niagara runs in a 3-2 win at Cleveland State in a softball game played Thursday.

Healy scored Lisa Baker (West Seneca West) with a triple in the first inning and homered in the sixth with Baker aboard for the game-winning hit. The Purple Eagles dropped the nightcap, 5-3, as they allowed four runs and had two errors in the fifth.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Buffalo State outshot RIT, 34-18, on its way to a convincing 14-6 win at Coyer Field. The Bengals (3-0) scored the game's first four goals and never trailed. In the second half, Tara Ammerman scored three goals and had an assist.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Canisius dropped a 10-6 decision at Marist in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Dan Carey and Stephen Ola each scored early in the third quarter to give Canisius its only lead at 5-4. Griffs goaltender Thomas Kucharczak, peppered with 43 shots, recorded 14 saves for the Griffs (3-2, 2-1).

MEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo's Turner Battle had 10 points as M.D. Designs was able to overcome 22 points from Niagara's Juan Mendez and beat Sales Systems Ltd., 90-84, in the consolation of the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational.

Mendez was coming off another 22-point game in Wednesday's first round, a 109-102 overtime loss to Holiday Inn Portsmouth.

Sean O'Brien (Orchard Park) of St. John Fisher was named ECAC Upstate second-team all-star. O'Brien led Fisher (28-1) to the most successful season in the program's 42-year history. He led the conference in assists (142) and free-throw percentage (89) and shared his team's lead in scoring (13.8).

BASEBALL: St. Bonaventure split with Bucknell, winning the opener, 11-7 and dropping the nightcap, 13-2. Trailing 5-3 in the opener, Randy Moley (Lancaster) roped a two-run double to ignite a seven-run sixth inning. In the second game, Bona never recovered after giving up five runs in the third.

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