Canisius swept the its regular season soccer games from Niagara on Wednesday.
Sophomore Gretta Dry (Lockport) scored in the 18th minute and the Golden Griffins women’s team stayed in the lead the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory over the Purple Eagles at Niagara Field in Lewiston. Madeline Beaulieu assisted on the goal, serving a cross to Dry, who headed in her second of the season.
Each goalkeeper, Alana Rossi of Canisius and Sabrina Locas of Niagara was credited with two saves.
Canisius is 7-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Niagara fell to 6-4-2, 2-2-1 in the MAAC.
In the men’s game at the Demske Sports Complex, Alex Grattarola assisted on the game’s first goal by Filippo Tamburini and scored himself later in the first half of the 5-0 Canisius victory. It stayed 2-0 until Troy Brady (Grand island) scored his eighth and ninth of the season for the Griffs in a span of 51 seconds late in the second half. Will Pauls of Canisius (7-2-1, 2-0-1 MAAC) closed out the scoring with his first of the season at 88:49. Blair Melvin had his second assist of the game on Pauls’ tally.
Niagara is 1-8-1 overall, 0-2-0 in the MAAC.
UB groundbreaking will be Saturday
The University at Buffalo will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new athletics fieldhouse on Saturday before the Bulls' football game against Western Michigan.
UB president Satish Tripathi, athletic director Allen Green and members of the Murchie family, whose record donation made the facility possible will take part in the groundbreaking. The ceremony will begin at noon outside the north entrance to UB Stadium (scoreboard end). Kickoff for the UB-Western Michigan football game is 3:30 p.m.
UB announced last month that the facility would be named the Murchie Family Fieldhouse after a major donation from the family of Tunney Murchie, a 1975 UB graduate who is owner and president of Lackawanna Products Corp. in Clarence. Murchie’s donation to the project is the largest single gift in the history of UB athletics.
Hilbert names Pasternak women's lacrosse coach
Hilbert College named Emily Pasternak as head coach of its women's lacrosse team, effective Wednesday. A Hamburg native, Pasternak has been head junior varsity coach at Frontier High School since 2015. Before that she was an assistant varsity coach at Williamsville North. As an undergraduate at Hilbert, Pasternak was head coach of the Empress Travel Club and with the WNY/ROC national tournament since 2016. Also she developed Breaking Boarders Lacrosse which provides lacrosse coaches and players the opportunity to coach underprivileged youth in the U.S. and abroad.
She was a three-year starting goalie at Frontier and first team All-Western New York selection in 2013. She began her college career at Delaware State before an injury ended her playing career.
Hilbert finished the 2017 spring season with a 4-10 record. after going winless the season before.