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NIAGARA, CANISIUS AND ECC SCORE MEN'S HOCKEY WINS

Thomas Clayton scored a power-play goal and Barret Ehgoetz added a short-handed tally in the second period Saturday night to give the Niagara University men's hockey team to a 4-1 win over visiting Army and lift the Purple Eagles to 2-2 on the season.

Joe Tallari opened the scoring with a short-handed goal for the Eagles, but Army (2-2) scored twice to take a 2-1 lead after the first period. Nick Kormanyos added a third-period goal -- the only even-strength goal of the game -- for Niagara, which outshot Army, 39-17. Rob Bonk made 15 saves for the Purple Eagles.

At the Buffalo State Sports Arena, Chris Duggan had two goals and an assist while Rob Martin and Todd Houston each scored two goals as Canisius College evened its record at 1-1 with a 9-3 win over Alabama-Huntsville and a split of their two-game series.

Erie Community College ushered in a new era as Gary Ross earned his first victory after succeeding program founder Ralph Galanti. Kevin Shields (Hutch-Tech) had three goals and Mike Piccillo (Lancaster) added two goals and an assist for Erie in a 7-3 non-conference win over Rochester at Buffalo State.

In the SUNYAC Challenge at Fredonia State, Cortland goalie John Larnerd earned MVP honors as the Red Dragons beat Fredonia, 4-1, to take first place in the tournament. Dan Rohanna had the lone goal for Fredonia; Dave Barnett was the lone Blue Devil on the all-tournament team.

Potsdam, which dropped Buffalo State to 0-2 on the season with a 5-0 victory, took second place in the tournament, followed by Fredonia and Buffalo State.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Stephanie Romain scored with four seconds left in overtime to give Niagara its second straight 3-2 victory at Findlay (Ohio). The Purple Eagles are 2-0.

Candice Ceelen and Brady Cochrane supplied assists on the game-winner. Candice Moxley had a goal and an assist while Valerie Hall also scored for Niagara.

FOOTBALL: Running back Elijah Freer rushed for 116 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as Montclair State defeated Buffalo State, 38-27, in Upper Montclair, N.J. Ed Collins threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Red Hawks (7-0), ranked seventh in the nation, overcame four first-half turnovers.

"We are a quality team right now," said Buffalo State first-year coach Bob Swank. "We were right with them physically and had several big plays on both sides of the ball. But the reason they're the No. 7 team in the country and we're not is that they found a way to win the game."

The Bengals (1-6) entered the fourth with a 27-24 lead. But Montclair State went back inf ront on the first possession when Freer scored on a 1-yard run. Montclair State's Jamarl Buie closed the scoring on a 4-yard run.

Buffalo State's Mike Potter tied a school record held by three other players with three interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

VOLLEYBALL: Buffalo State clinched second place in the SUNYAC West Division and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1997 with two sweeps of conference opponents in pool play at Brockport. Lisa Herrscher (Clarence) had 12 kills and six digs while Krista Wierzbicki (Maryvale) contributed 29 assists as the Bengals overwhelmed Oswego, 30-18, 30-18, 30-12. Wierzbicki added 34 assists and nine digs and Monica Polka (Lewiston-Porter) collected 23 kills, 11 blocks and seven digs in a 30-26, 30-25, 30-21 victory over Fredonia.

UB lost its fourth straight match and fell to 0-10 in the Mid-American Conference with a 30-21, 30-11, 31-29 loss at Akron (13-4, 7-3). Molly Schrantz had eight kills for the Bulls (4-15). . . . Jennifer Debee had 12 kills but Canisius dropped a 30-22, 30-26, 30-20 match at Siena. . . . Julie Skidary accumulated 15 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks while Vanessa Gerbitz (Orchard Park) had 13 kills and Jess McAndrew (Ellicottville) added 12 kills as Niagara (6-6, 0-2) notched a 30-22, 30-26, 27-30, 30-17 MAAC victory over Marist (1-16, 0-4). . . . Erika Felicetta (Cheektowaga) earned MVP honors as Medaille took the Northeastern Athletic Conference Tournament. Felicetta had 17 kills and 13 digs as Medialle swept Keuka (30-25, 30-16, 30-23) and D'Youville (30-20, 30-27, 30-19). . . . Erin Holahan (Royalton-Hartland) had 103 assists and 33 digs while Katie Schrantz (Lancaster) had 27 kills and nine blocks as Daemen (18-5) beat Seton Hill, 30-17, 30-27, 30-23, and lost to Malone, 32-30, 25-30, 30-21, 30-28.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Keuka scored with 12 minutes remaining to beat host Hilbert, 1-0, in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship. . . . Siena (9-5, 5-2 MAAC) outshot Canisius, 17-1, en route to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Golden Griffins (3-10-1, 2-5-1). . . . Krista Morse, Julie Fortuna and Katie Remus all scored for Fredonia (7-8-2, 3-7 SUNYAC) in a 3-0 win over Utica/Rome.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Canisius swept the top five spots to win the Little Three meet at Delaware Park. Zac Palcic (Gowanda) covered the 8K course in 28:24. Senior Ken Bigos and Gowanda native Geoff Koch took second and third, respectively, for the Griffs. Canisius took first with 15 points, while Niagara had 52 and St. Bonaventure had 77. . . . Jason Walsh (Frontier) was eighth of 102 runners with a time of 26:50 to help Buffalo State to a sixth-place finish among 10 schools at the SUNYAC Championships at New Paltz.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Canisius took the top three spots to win the Little Three meet at Delaware Park. Canisius freshman Aileen Hoak (Hamburg) took first in 19:21 over the 5K course, followed by senior Carolyn Nugent (Amherst) in 19:42 and Sarah Klein in 20:09. The Griffs took first with 18 points, easily beating Niagara (42) and St. Bonaventure (84). . . . Eden native Michelle Mackowiak (20:03) was 18th among 99 runners as Buffalo State took fifth place among 11 teams at the SUNYAC Championships at New Paltz

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