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'FAB TWO' POWERS NIAGARA SOCCER

Niagara University used its "British Connection" to hand the Manhattan Jaspers a 5-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer loss Sunday afternoon at Lewiston-Porter High School.

John Turner from Leeds, England, and countryman Simon Sly of Bristol each scored twice to pace the Purple Eagles. Craig Donaghue got the other goal for NU (2-7-2, 1-4).

Junior Dan Hetrick scored St. Bonaventure's lone goal in a 4-1 Atlantic 10 Conference loss to visiting Xavier. The Bonnies (6-4, 2-2) outshot Xavier, 21-7. Jeff Bauer had a goal and an assist to lead the Musketeers.

Ryan Handley (Eden), Ryan Puntiri and Ryan Zambon provided the offense for Canisius in a 3-0 MAAC victory over visiting St. Peter's. The win was the Griffs' second in a row after losing 13 straight. John Ford got the shutout by making eight saves.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Tara Ruzzier's overtime tally lifted Manhattan to a 2-1 MAAC victory over Canisius (4-5, 3-2). Shannon Strykowski opened the scoring for the Griffins, but Ruzzier tied it before halftime with her first of the afternoon.

Xavier showed its power with a 6-0 pasting of St. Bonaventure, raising its record to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10. Bona, outshot 29-3, fell to 6-5, 1-3.

St. Peter's beat Niagara goalkeeper Jackie Conik only twice, but that was enough to secure a 2-0 MAAC win. The Purple Eagles dropped to 1-3-1 in the conference and 3-5-2 overall.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Niagara split matches against Long Island University and St. Peter's.

Junior hitter Tracey Johnson (Mayville) collected 14 kills in NU's 15-5, 11-15, 15-4, 15-8 win over LIU. In a 15-10, 15-1, 12-15, 17-15 loss to St. Peter's, Kelly Cruttenden had 13 kills for the Eagles (5-14, 1-5).

Shannon Zaranek nailed 12 kills and Jennifer Hall and Erin Oveis had 22 digs each, but they couldn't keep Canisius (10-4, 1-4) from falling to Manhattan, 15-13, 15-13, 18-20, 15-12.

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