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Junior defenseman Matt Williams scored the game-winner in the second period and assisted on the first Niagara goal Saturday night as the Purple Eagles opened their Atlantic Hockey schedule with a 2-1 victory over Mercyhurst in Dwyer Arena. It was the opener for the visiting Lakers. Williams and Ryan Rashid assisted as senior Giancarlo Iuorio got Niagara off to a 1-0 lead a…

DEKALB, Ill. — It looked to be the passing of an era when Northern Illinois said goodbye to its senior class at the end of last year’s MAC championship season. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was departing. So too was the nucleus of an offensive line that helped make Harnish an elite dual-threat QB. How could the Huskies suffer such losses and still maintain the momentum …

1. The Lynch Pin. Everything Northern Illinois does on the offensive side revolves around Jordan Lynch, below. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior quarterback is eighth in the nation in rushing at 131 yards per game and has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,255 yards and nine TDs. He’s elusive, he’s fast and UB’s introduction to him came during his freshman year, whe…

Callum Willmott would have preferred his first collegiate hat trick been more conventional not one disguised as an own goal but the Niagara University sophomore isn’t complaining. The Purple Eagles (8-0-4, 2-0-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) men’s soccer team ran their unbeaten streak to 12 games, their best stsart ever, after beating rival Canisius, 3-2, Satur…

For two games it appeared that the University at Buffalo’s offense had struck the perfect balance. The running game was churning. Quarterback Alex Zordich had completed two-thirds of his passes and was a Perfect 10 (for 10) in the first half against Morgan State. All systems were a go.Then came the Mid-American Conference opener against Kent State and a humbling 23-7 def…

There are some issues that don’t need to be mentioned over and over and for Jeff Quinn, his defense’s inability to create turnovers falls in that category. The University at Buffalo has forced just one turnover through four games this season, which ranks 119th nationally, and places the Bulls in a class with the Oklahoma Sooners, who have also come up with only one. No…

The Niagara men’s hockey team finished an overtime goal from the championship game last year and that left a young group wanting more. The Purple Eagles took some lumps with a tough first semester schedule, but came back with a strong second half, going 12-3-2 to close out the regular season with a 17-11-9 mark. They won their first-round Atlantic Hockey playoff series o…

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Earlier in the week, current University of Connecticut athletic director and former University at Buffalo AD Warde Manuel came across a necktie he recognized as perfect for the occasion. Some of the stripes were UConn blue. Some of them were UB blue. And the two schools were meeting Saturday at Rentschler Field. "The tie was intentional," Manuel sai…

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - From the outside looking in, the University at Buffalo's 24-17 loss at Connecticut Saturday afternoon represented a step in the right direction. The Bulls found their resolve after going down by 17. They played without workhorse running back Bo Oliver and still out-rushed one of the nation's top defensive teams. In many ways, it was a solid bounce-ba…

The University at Buffalo suffered injuries to four key starters Wednesday night in a humbling, 23-7 loss to Kent State, including junior tailback Branden Oliver.- Oliver, senior defensive end Steven Means, junior wide receiver Fred Lee and senior strong safety Issac Baugh were all lost during the game with undisclosed injuries. Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said the injuries w…

It was the biggest win in Buffalo State football history. Sounds like a bit of hyperbole, but it's not. The unranked Bengals defeated the three-time defending national champion Warhawks from Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-6. Buffalo State broke the host's 46-game win streak. But what does that win actually mean? The rest of the season will determine whether that win was a one-…

Star runner Branden Oliver missed the second half with a leg injury. The passing game was all or nothing - usually nothing. And the Kent State defense lived up to its reputation as a hard-hitting, turnover-producing force. The University at Buffalo could have done without the glare of the national television spotlight Wednesday night as it dropped a 23-7 decision to the G…

One game does not make a season but it certainly can set the course for a season. A victory over visiting Kent State tonight puts UB on target for all it hopes to accomplish this year. A loss and its stated goals of winning the MAC or becoming bowl eligible begin to sound hollow. There's no overstating the importance of this game to UB's master plan. The Bulls will face, …

They come from the big city of Atlanta, and smaller cities like Augusta and Savannah. Even the town of Rossville, with a population of just over 4,000, is represented on a Georgia Bulldogs football roster that consists predominantly of in-state players.To grow up playing football in the South is to hope to play college football in the South. But not everyone realizes that …