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Niagara completed its nonconference schedule on Wednesday with a 7-5 victory over Albany at Bobo Field in Lewiston. The Purple Eagles snapped a 5-5 tie with two runs in the eighth when Owen Dziados drove in the go-ahead run with a ground rule double. Wyatt Olson hit a two-run homer and Julian Gallup hit a solo shot for Niagara. Gallup also made a diving catch in center …

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Canisius College's underdog run through the lacrosse postseason came to an end with a thud Wednesday. No. 18-ranked Robert Morris defeated the Golden Griffins, 12-6, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I men's tournament at the Demske Sports Complex. Robert Morris' defense controlled the game, keeping the Griffs from good scoring chances. The Colonials led at h…

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Chantal Martinez Blanco still gets teased by family and friends about her college choice when she returns to Puerto Rico. Three years after she left the sunshine and comforts of the Caribbean island to pursue better tennis and a quality education, they continue to ask the same question: Why the University at Buffalo? Even she didn't fully understand the answer when s…

Area collegesTuesday’s resultsSOFTBALLRegion III-B semifinalMonroe CC 8, Niagara CCC 3NCCC (15-27, 3-5): Tempestt Torres 3-3, HR, 2B; Vicki Waugaman 2 hits, 2 RBIs

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Canisius College men's lacrosse was a heavy underdog to even make the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins were the lowest seed in the four-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, an accomplishment in itself considering the Griffs were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll. Two overtime winners later, the Golden Griffins are hosting an NCAA t…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Canisius men's lacrosse: The Golden Griffins prevailed in a pair of overtime thrillers over the weekend to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and earn an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. The Griffs' exhilarating weekend kicked off with a…

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Buffalo State defensive lineman Khalil Sommerville, a graduate of Bennett High School, will be getting at least a look-see from the Buffalo Bills when the team convenes its rookie minicamp later this week. Sommerville, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound, first-team all-Empire 8 selection, is scheduled to join the Bills for a workout on Thursday. It is unclear whether he will partici…

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Robert Liebel of Tonawanda was named Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet and was among five Buffalo State athletes to earn first-team all-SUNYAC honors at the conference outdoor track and field championships held this past weekend. Liebel won the 200 meters (21.61) and ran a leg of the winning 4x400 relay team. He also had runner-up finishes in the 100 meters and the …

Area collegesSunday’s resultsBASEBALLQuinnipiac 8, Niagara 1Canisius 15-6, St. Bonaventure 8-5C (Game 1): Gage Lanning 2-3, HR, 4 RBIs; Christ Conley 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runsSB (Game 1): Tyler Kelder 1-3, HR, 3 RBIs; Jeff Palczewski 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBIsC (27-18) (Game 2): Stephen Bennett 3-5, 3B, 2 runs; Gage Lanning 3-4, RBISB (9-28) (Game 2): Casey Vincent 2-3, HR, 3 RBIs, 2…

Canisius will host Robert Morris at noon on Wednesday in the play-in game for the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. The winner will move on to play at No. 1 seed Maryland in the first round of the tournament at noon on Sunday. The play-in game between the two lowest-ranked teams that qualified for the tournament will be the second of the year between Cani…

Area collegesSaturday’s resultsBASEBALLQuinnipiac 6-6, Niagara 3-10N (Game 1): Peter Battaglia 1-4, RBI, SBN (18-23, 7-10) (Game 2): Owen Dziados 3-5, 2B, 4 RBIs; Greg Cullen 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIsAMCC Tournamentat Penn State-Behrend3-Penn State-Behrend 4-9, 6-Hilbert 1-8H (Game 1): Eric Flores 1-3, RBI; Zachary Crane CG, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SOH (11-24) (Game 2): Connor Duck 2-4, …

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It took just six seconds of overtime for sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault to score and give Canisius College its third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. The goal gave the Golden Griffins a 10-9 win over Detroit Mercy and gave them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Boissonneault’s game-winner came after he intercepted a Detroit Mercy p…

Area collegesFriday’s resultsBASEBALLCanisius 11, St. Bonaventure 0C (25-17): Mark McKenna 3-4, 3B, 3 runs; Christ Conley 2-3, 2 runs, RBI; J.P. Stevenson 6 IP, 2 hits, 9 KsECC at Jamestown CC (2), ccd.SOFTBALLUB 7, Miami (OH) 3UB (16-29, 7-14): Janelle Martinez 3-4, HR, 4 RBI; Alyssa Cuevas HR, 2 RBIAMCC Tournament5-Penn State-Altoona 6, 4-D’Youville 2For Division I infor…

Area collegesThursday’s resultsBASEBALLECC 15, Broome CC 3ECC (22-13, 14-5): Mike Flemming 2-3, 2b, 3b, 4 RBIsNiagara CCC 1-16, Onondaga CC 2-4NCCC (27-5, 7-2): Game two: Garret Boldt 3-4, 4RBIJamestown CC at Tomp.-Cort. CC (2), ccd.SOFTBALLECC 4-24, Mohawk Valley 0-4ECC (13-9, 13-7): Gianna Zarcone 8-9, 3 2bs, 3 RBIsMonroe CC 4-9, NCCC 3-1NCCC (11-26, 9-7): Game one: Eric…

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Canisius College men’s lacrosse has earned a shot at the championship. So too has Canisius’ women’s team, although its triumph shouldn’t be all that surprising given its history in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. The men, however, are a different story. The fourth-seeded Golden Griffins stunned No. 1 seed Quinnipiac, 11-10, in a MAAC semifinal game…