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For the third straight year, the Niagara women's tennis team will be playing for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Purple Eagles defeated Rider, 4-1, in the semifinals Saturday at St. Peter's in New Jersey. They will face top-seeded Marist today; they dropped the regular-season match to the Red Foxes, 6-1.

Senior Mariam Al-Shikarchy ran her winning streak to 11 with a 6-1, 6-3 win at first singles.

Meanwhile, the Niagara men's team lost in the semis, 4-0, to defending MAAC champion Manhattan.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Scoring the first eight goals of the game, Canisius easily earned a 12-6 MAAC win over Virginia Military Institute.

Junior Dan Carey and sophomore Kevin Ross each scored four goals to pace the Golden Griffins' offense.

VMI (5-7, 2-4) pressured the Griffs in the final quarter with 23 shots, but Canisius sophomore Angus Dineley gave up just three goals in the period to preserve the win for the Griffs (5-5, 4-3).

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Though Lindsay Hamann opened the scoring for Niagara, the Purple Eagles dropped an 18-13 decision at Siena. The Saints (9-6, 5-1 MAAC) held a 10-5 halftime advantage before the teams scored eight goals apiece in the second. Rachel Jones led Niagara (5-6, 1-5) with five goals, while Hamann added three. Siena held a 33-26 advantage in shots and a 49-37 advantage in ground balls.

GOLF: Niagara remained in fourth place at the MAAC Championship after posting a team score of 308 at the Magnolia Golf Course at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Junior Andrew Burke shot the low round for the Purple Eagles with a 4-over 76, tying his output on the first day. His two-day total of 152 stands tied for 12th overall. Canisius stands in seventh place in the nine-team field after shooting 310.

TRACK AND FIELD: The University at Buffalo women won 17 of the 18 events at the annual UB Open. No team scoring was kept. Sarah Vance (Lockport) set a school record in the discus. Her toss of 156 feet, 7 inches broke the 2002 mark set by Sarah Fletcher by 7 inches. The Bulls' men won 10 events with Gary Asbach (Grand Island) winning the long and triple jumps.

BASEBALL: One game got finished before the rain fell in Rhode Island as St. Bonaventure fell, 14-4, to the Rams. Craig King went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for the Bonnies (18-18, 4-9 Atlantic 10).

Medaille dropped a pair of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games at Pitt-Greensburgh. Tom Wasielewski (St. Francis) went 2 for 3 in a 3-2 loss, while Erik Saladin went 2 for 3 in an 8-2 loss for the Mavs (9-19-1, 7-11).

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