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MONMOUTH GOBBLES GRIFFS; ECC FALLS

Matt Merklinger scored four touchdowns and was one of two 100-yard rushers for Monmouth as the Hawks handed the Canisius football team its 23rd straight loss, 42-0, Saturday at West Long Branch, N.J.

Merklinger ran for 104 yards on 12 carries and had scoring runs of 45, 1, 25 and 6 yards for the Hawks, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since the program's inception in 1993. Canisius is 0-3. Monmouth also had Chad Smith run for 120 yards on 11 carries. Canisius was outgained, 483 yards to 116.

At Scranton, Pa., Erie Community College suffered the first loss in its young football history, falling to Lackawanna College, 23-16.

After trailing, 16-3, ECC tied the game with seven minutes left on two touchdown throws from Michael McDonnell (Timon/St.Jude) to Bradon Hawkins. But with 4:40 left in the game, Lackawanna scored on a 65-yard touchdown play for the win.

The Kats -- playing their first season -- fell to 3-1 while the Falcons, ranked 12th in last week's National Junior College Athletic Association poll, are 4-0.

MEN'S SOCCER: Dave Aselan scored twice while Dusty Hinman and Dennis Behrens each added a goal as Buffalo State (3-6, 2-2) shut out Utica-Rome in State University Athletic Conference action, 4-0. . . . Fredonia's Adam Flanders had four saves in a 5-0 shutout of New Paltz.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Rosie Luzak (Lew-Port) scored three goals, giving her a league-leading 10, as visiting Niagara beat St. Peters, 5-0. Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Himes recorded her second straight win as the Purple Eagles evened their record in the MAAC at 2-2. . . . Canisius fell to 1-7 and 1-3 in the MAAC with a 4-1 loss at Manhattan. Jen Gwizdowski (Kenmore) scored for the Griffs. . . . St. Bonaventure fell to 2-3-1 with a 2-0 loss to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. . . . Buffalo State fell to 2-6, 1-4 in SUNYAC play, with a 6-0 loss to Oneonta State. . . . Fredonia State (3-5-2, 0-4) jumped to a 2-0 lead but fell at New Paltz, 3-2, in SUNYAC play. Katie Remus (Grand Island) and Mikelle Huber scored the goals. . . . Danielle Mazzu (Lake Shore) scored twice and Medaille (3-6) outshot D'Youville, 39-3, in a 4-1 victory.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cheryl Hoak had five aces and 10 digs and Medaille (11-6) racked up 28 aces in a sweep of Cazenovia, 30-13, 30-26, 30-12. . . . Erin Holahan (Roy-Hart) had 111 assists, 32 digs and six aces while Jamie Van Horn (Niagara-Wheatfield) had 26 kills, six blocks and 11 digs as Daemen (12-2) got past Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) in five games, 30-26, 30-21, 19-30, 18-30, 15-11, and beat Carlow (Pa.), 28-30, 30-24, 30-25, 30-18.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Milena Matijevic of Niagara is the only non-Colgate singles player with a 2-0 record entering today's championship round of the Nike Fall Classic at St. Bonaventure. The doubles teams of Holy Angels grad Amanda Pesono and Natalie Rumpel (St. Bonaventure) and Erica Zielinski and Sheri Ugowski (UB) are 2-0 entering today's final doubles round. . . . Christina Wilson (Kenmore East) won at fourth singles for Buffalo State's lone victory in an 8-1 loss to Cortland State. Megan McKenna (Albion) and Danielle Vegas (St. Mary's/Lancaster) were winners for the Red Dragons.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Todd Ludden (25:20.15) took second to lead five UB runners in the top 10 as the Bulls were first among six schools at the Red Flash Invitational on a 5-mile course at St. Francis (Pa.). Jeremie Slick (25:42) was fourth and West Seneca East grad Rick Stewart (26:04) was fifth. . . . Niagara-Wheatfield grad Tom Proctor (27:13) was eighth out of 100 runners and Buffalo State finished third at the Geneseo Invitational.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Melissa Burrows took second overall as UB finished second to host St. Francis in a seven-school Red Flash Invitational. . . . Eden native Michelle Mackowiak (20:23) was 13th out of 91 runners as the Buffalo State finished third in the Geneseo Invitational.

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