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GRIFFS NEED OT TO BEAT NIAGARA

Canisius (4-6, 3-2 in the MAAC) overcame a two-goal deficit in the final minutes for the second game in a row and earned a 10-8 overtime victory over Niagara (5-5, 1-4) Wednesday in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse.

The Golden Griffins trailed, 8-6, after Niagara's Emma-Lee Harrison scored her second goal of the game with 2:10 left. Freshman Alana Chan scored for Canisius with 1:24 left and sophomore Amanda Marts tied it with 32 seconds left. Marts then scored the winning goal at 2:19 of overtime. Chan assisted on both of Marts' goals.

On Sunday, Canisius trailed Fairfield by two with 2:37 to play but rallied for a 12-10 victory.

The loss eliminated Niagara from a possible berth in the MAAC playoffs.

In nonconference play, Courtney Gibbons scored a career-high six goals and became the fifth player in St. Bonaventure lacrosse history to break the 100-point plateau as the Bonnies defeated Bucknell, 14-9, in Lewisburg, Pa. Kati Hurley scored her seventh hat trick of the season and Kelly Chevez had two goals and three assists for the Bonnies.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Dan Carey scored four goals and Kevin Ross had a goal and two assists as Canisius (4-5, 3-3 in the MAAC) defeated Siena, 7-5, in Loudonville. The Griffs built a 5-1 lead early in the third period and held off the Saints. Angus Dineley had 10 saves for Canisius. Stephen Ola (Williamsville South) and Alex Khalil (Orchard Park) also scored for the Griffs.

BASEBALL: Joe Rizzo hit a two-run homer, Brian Pellegrini had three hits and John Zinnicker pitched a five-hitter in St. Bonaventure's 6-1 win over the University at Buffalo in Amherst Audubon Field. The game, scheduled as part of a doubleheader, was called because of rain with no outs in the top of the seventh. The second game was canceled.

It was the home opener for UB (11-20), which lost its seventh in a row.

Pellegrini tripled in the third inning and scored on a groundout to give the Bonnies the lead. Shane Sudbrook doubled another run home for Bona in the fourth. Pellegrini singled in the fifth before Rizzo's home run.

Phil Vanhorne tripled and scored on Dan Quinn's single for the UB run in the sixth.

Freshman Mike Folli extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff double in the first inning for Buffalo.

Zinnicker walked two and struck out only one in getting his first win in five decisions. UB sophomore Matt Francavillo allowed eight hits and four walks in six innings.

The Bonnies (18-17) are scheduled to face UB again Tuesday in the Big 4 doubleheader in Dunn Tire Park.

Elsewhere, Josh Matlow had a pair of two-run doubles as Canisius (7-21) defeated Binghamton, 9-5, to salvage a split in a nonconference doubleheader at the Demske Complex. In the opener, Brendan Hitchcock had three hits, including a home run to lead Binghamton to an 8-3 victory.

Canisius announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Aaron Boag of Burlington, Ont., and catcher James Travers of Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pa.

SOFTBALL: UB (13-23, 8-5 in the MAC) beat Mid-American Conference leader Central Michigan, 2-0, at Nan Harvey Field in a game called in the bottom of the sixth because of rain. The second game of a scheduled doubleheader was canceled. The UB runs came across in the bottom of the fifth on two-out RBI singles by Ann Major and Lacy Schneider.