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Buffalo St. enjoying NCAA ride

Buffalo State is making the most of its first appearance in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament.

The No. 18 Bengals, who made the field as an at-large team, advanced into today's second round. They meet Trinity in Hartford, Conn., at 11:30 a.m.

The Bengals (14-6) won their first ever NCAA playoff game, an 18-10 decision over No. 10 Springfield on Wednesday. As has been the case most of the season, the seniors led the way.

Karen Shaddock scored 10 goals against Springfield, bringing her season total to 106. That leads all of Division III and is nine shy of the all-time single-season record. Her 147 points this season is seven shy of the D-III mark.

Classmate Kendyl Clarkson leads the nation with 86 assists, two off the single-season D-III record. Her six assists in the first-round win gave her the Division III mark for career assists with 238.

"It's an incredible group of seniors," Buffalo State coach Meg Stevens said after her team received the at-large berth after falling in the title game of the SUNYAC tournament to Cortland. "We have seven seniors on the team and they really wanted a conference championship. But this is just incredible. They have [52] wins in their four years here and really led this program to one of the top programs in Division III."

Trinity (17-1) was ranked No. 5 in the latest national poll, making the NCAA field by way of automatic bid. The Bantams won the New England Small College Athletic Conference title, then took its opening round game, 16-1, over Bridgewater State.

Trinity is also host to the second-round matchup between Colby (14-2) and Messiah (16-3). The winners of Saturday's game advance to the quarterfinal. That game will be at 1 p.m. in Hartford.

The NCAA field began with 31 teams as No. 1 ranked Salisbury (19-0) received the only first-round bye.

No. 2 Cortland (17-1) won its first-round game, 22-6, over Castleton and hosts the second round and quarterfinals this weekend. The Red Dragons will play No. 11 Mary Washington (14-4) at 12:30 today. Freshman midfielder/defender Courtney Haas (Williamsville East) has played in nine games for Cortland this year.

The NCAA Division III Final Four will be May 19-20 in Montclair. N.J.

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