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LEWISTON – Quinnipiac coach Baker Dunleavy brought a plan into the Gallagher Center to shut down Niagara’s Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott, who entered the game as the MAAC’s second and third-leading scorers. It worked. What Dunleavy didn’t expect was how badly his team would still lose. Niagara’s role players stepped up in a big way Thursday, powering the Purple Eagles …

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Steve Pondeca, a 19-year-old freshman on the Niagara University men's soccer team, was arrested on charges of petit larceny on March 8 by the Town of Niagara Police Department. After being held at the Niagara County Sheriffs Office, Pondeca was released early the following morning after meeting $600 bail, according to the Niagara County Sheriffs' app. By New York State …

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The Niagara University men's soccer team has hired former University at Albany assistant Bill Boyle as the Purple Eagles' new head coach, multiple sources confirmed Monday. Boyle has been a Division I assistant coach for the last five seasons -- three with Colgate University under Erik Ronning (20-27-14 record) and two with Albany under Trevor Gorman (14-17-7 record). In …

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After being voted into the All-NPSL Supporters XI in summer 2015 after a strong campaign for FC Buffalo, Matthew "Nanu" Ferguson endured a gloomy junior season for the Niagara Purple Eagles. With the miserable 1-16-3 campaign in the past, Ferguson is now presented with a fresh opportunity -- a chance to prove or even redeem himself -- through his invitation to the Nationa…

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Niagara University men's soccer will begin the search for a new head coach, as the school confirms that Eric Barnes will not have his contract renewed. In Barnes' three years at the helm, Niagara accrued a record of 11-39-7, reaching the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference postseason just once, in 2015, when the entire conference qualified for Disney. The Purple Eagles los…

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Rivalry matches are often beautiful for their unpredictability. Regardless of where two nearby nemeses rank before the game, the ensuing competition is fierce and emotions run high because pride and bragging rights are on the line. Even, explosive matches frequently result. It took the Niagara Purple Eagles 101 minutes to overcome the Canisius Griffins, 1-0, on Wednesday …

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If you're a Big 4 soccer fan, there are reasons to be hopeful. Struggling sides Niagara and St. Bonaventure have some promising underclassmen, while the cupboard isn't example bare at the University at Buffalo and Canisius College, either. St. Bonaventure's Kieran Toland, UB's Scott Doney and Fox Slotemaker, and Canisius' Mo Kretschmer are ineligible for this list, as the…