Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball games will be shown on ESPNU five Fridays in January and February. Any game on the schedule for those dates can be flexed onto ESPNU as a Wildcard game. They include six games involving Canisius and Niagara. Those are: Niagara at Siena and Canisius at Manhattan 7 p.m. on Jan. 5; Canisius at Manhattan at 9 p.m. on Jan. 19; Canisius at Marist and Niagara at Saint Peter's at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2; Marist at Niagara, 9 p.m. on Feb. 23.
In addition ESPN will televise all four men's basketball quarterfinal rounds of the conference tournamemt in Albany in March 1 on ESPN3 as well as the men's and women's basketball championship games on ESPNU (women) and ESPN or ESPN 2 (men) on March 5.
Junior defending Alex Grattarola of Canisius was named MAAC's Defensive Player of the Week in men's soccer. Grattarola tallied three goals, including two game-winners and added an assist to lead Canisius to shutout victories over St. Bonaventure and Central Connecticut State while helping anchor a defense that limited the opposition to just eight shots. The Griffs extended their current shutout streak to 319 minutes, 44 seconds.
Several Daemen College athletes were honored by the East Coast Conference.
Sophomore forward Jamie Boyar (Williamsville South) was named women's soccer offensive player of the week after she scored three goals in Daemen victories over Lake Erie College and Tiffin. Boyar became the first freshman since 2008 to lead the team in goals and points last season.
Freshman goalkeep Katelin White (Lew-Port) was named ECC Defensive Player of the week after she recorded 16 saves in the two games last week.
In Daemen's men's soccer freshman forward Kristian Aadnoy was ECC Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week. The native of Norway scored four goals in three games as the Wildcats went 2-1.
Niagara coaches to speak
Niagara University will hold a coaches luncheon featuring men’s basketball coach Chris Casey, hockey coach Jason Lammers, and women’s basketball coach Jada Pierce on September 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Clet Hall Dining Commons on the campus. Admission is $8.