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Area colleges: Bona women's soccer picks up tie

St. Bonaventure women's soccer picked up its first tie of the season, a 0-0 affair with UMass-Lowell at the Marra Athletic Complex.

Bona sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Malcolm made four saves, including one on a point-blank shot in the second overtime period, to record her first shutout of the year.

St. Bonaventure generated offense throughout the game, firing 12 shots. UMass-Lowell keeper Julia Schneider was credited with five saves.

Bona (0-5-1) is still searching for its first win and will tackle that against Canisius  at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo.

The Golden Griffins (3-2-0) are in action on Friday, playing Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa.

Headlining Friday’s games are the University at Buffalo, who look to build off its impressive 5-0 win over Youngstown State when the Bulls host Cornell (0-2-0) at 7 p.m. at UB Stadium. UB is 1-3-0 overall.

Meanwhile on Monteagle Ridge, Niagara (3-1-1) hosts Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m.

Volleyball

Canisius will host its first tournament since 2013 as Bucknell, Charlotte, and Eastern Washington travel to the Koessler Center for the Canisius Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Griffins (2-5) will play Bucknell at 6 p.m. Friday then meet Charlotte (10 a.m.) and Eastern Washington (6 p.m.) on Saturday.

Canisius freshman Claire Leonard was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Tuesday after she tallied 48 kills with an average of 12.5 points per match during the two-day Duquesne Invitational. Leonard is currently ranked fourth in the league with 3.00 kills per set and is the top-ranked freshman in that category.

Niagara and Buffalo both hit the road for weekend tournaments. The Purple Eagles (1-5) are at the Hartford Invitational and will face host Hartford (noon) and Central Connecticut State (2:30 p.m.) on Friday then face the New Jersey Institute of Technology at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Niagara’s Rylee Hunt earned her third career MAAC Libero of the Week after averaging 5.20 digs per set in three matches at the Pioneer Classic.

Buffalo (3-2) travels to Washington, D.C. to face Coppin State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the Georgetown Tournament, playing James Madison (11 a.m.) and the host Hoyas (7 p.m.) on Saturday.

Men’s soccer

Canisius and St. Bonaventure will meet in a traditional Little Three matchup at 7 p.m. in Olean. The Bonnies, making their home debut, are 2-2-0 and are led offensively by Paul Afford who had three goals and two assists. The Golden Griffins are 2-1-0 with sophomore Tory Brady the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goals for Canisius in wins over Robert Morris and Virginia Military Institute.

Niagara (0-4-0) will look for its first win in Oneonta when it travels to host Hartwick for the Mayor’s Cup. The Purple Eagles open the event against Robert Morris.

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