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FREDONIA FALLS IN DIVISION III FINAL MIDDLEBURY SCORES FIRST-PERIOD GOAL AND HOLDS ON FOR 1-0 VICTORY

Middlebury College scored on a first-period power play and held on to defeat Fredonia State, 1-0, Saturday night in the NCAA Division III hockey championship game in Middlebury, Vt.

Mark Spence scored the lone goal at 8:04 of the first period while Fredonia State, hit with a tripping call, was playing a man short.

Jason Sirota made 36 saves for Fredonia (23-5-4). Middlebury finished 22-2-2.

This was Fredonia's second straight trip to the Final Four. Last season, the Blue Devils were unbeaten before losing to Wisconsin-River Falls in the semifinals.

LACROSSE: Canisius overwhelmed visiting North University of Maryland, 18-5, at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs (3-2) got four goals and five assists from Jason Cummings, four goals from Scott Ranson and three goals and an assist from Cort Knodel (St. Francis) and Ned Franz (Hamburg). Canisius scored 16 straight goals to lead, 17-2, at the end of the third period.

BASEBALL: Visiting St. Bonaventure dropped a double-header to Rutgers, 6-5, 12-8, to fall to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10.

SOFTBALL: Canisius opened defense of its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title by sweeping a double-header at Fairfield, 4-0 and 2-0. The victories were Nos. 300 and 301 for 16th-year coach Mike Rappl.

Kristin Spak threw a two-hitter in the opener, striking out six, while Jen Silata had a two-run homer and three RBIs.

Christina Chavez threw a one-hitter in the nightcap, yielding a single with one out in the seventh. Jody Tassone had two hits while Mikki Pavlick had an RBI single.

Buffalo State finished its 12-game southern trip to Fort Myers, Fla., with a pair of victories. The Lady Bengals (7-5) got a three-hit shutout from Deanna Hunt (Gowanda) to down Dickinson College, 5-0, in the first game. Kelly Bley had the winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh for Buffalo State in a 5-4 win over Wheaton.

Hilbert (2-6) dropped a pair of games on the final day of its southern trip. Karen Slomba was 3 for 3 with a home run in Hilbert's 7-5 loss to Westchester College. Jeannine Unger had three hits and Slomba added two in a 7-6 loss to Williams College.

Niagara split its opening MAAC double-header with Iona, beating the Gaels, 3-0, in the first game and falling, 11-0, in the nightcap. In the opener, freshman Joni Sontrop spiced a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts while Angela Townsend, a freshman from Starpoint, cracked a two-run homer.

WOMEN'S TRACK: The University at Buffalo's Lisa Kragbe set a school record of 1 minute, 3.1 seconds while placing third in the 400 intermediate hurdles at the Raleigh (N.C.) Relays at North Carolina State. Kragbe's time qualifies her for the ECAC meet and the Junior Nationals. Also qualifying for the ECACs were Judith Novak, who placed sixth in the 5,000 meters (17:19.36), and Stacey Strothmann, who finished 10th in the 10,000 meters (36:21).

UB also won five events at the Rochester Institute of Technology Early-Season Open. Winners were Regina Larkin in the 100 meters (13.2 seconds), Amy Grinnell in the 1,500 (5:11.5) and the 3,000 (11:27), Gretchen Welch in the 5,000 (19:23.6) and Karen Lilly in the 800 (2:32.1).

UB's Barb Rabinovici was runner-up to Grinnell in the 1,500 and the 3,000.

MEN'S TRACK: Erie Community College had four first-place finishes at the Rochester Institute of Technology Early-Season Open. Freshman Damian Satchell won the long jump (22 feet, 2 inches), sophomore Robin Gilmore won the 200 meters (22.0) and freshman Spencer Hill won the high jump (6-2). Gilmore and Satchell also were part of the winning 400-meter relay (42.2). Lamonze Hunter and Eli Santiago also ran the relay.

The University at Buffalo's Ben Atkinson, a junior from Iroquois, won the javelin at 153-7.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: St. Bonaventure improved to 11-0 with an 8-1 victory over Duquesne. Bona's Lada Nateetorn won, 6-2, 6-3, at second singles.

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