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PITRA BREAKS THROUGH AT RIGHT TIME FOR UB MEN'S SOCCER

Senior Kevin Pitra scored his first goal of the season off a free kick from Mike Peplinski on Tuesday, giving the University at Buffalo a 2-1 victory over Northern Illinois in a Mid-American Conference men's soccer game in DeKalb, Ill.

Peplinski scored the first UB goal and goalkeeper Brian Wozniak stopped nine shots for his sixth win of the season.

UB (7-6-2, 2-3-1 MAC), which won its third in a row, will close its regular season against St. Francis (Pa.) Friday in Amherst. The Bulls will have six days off until the start of the MAC tournament in Akron.

Canisius (5-11-2) completed its season with a 4-0 loss to visiting Oneonta State. Griffs goalkeepers Matt Fernandez and Dave Borchard combined for 13 saves.

Justin Weber (Amherst) scored for Buffalo State in a 3-1 loss to Penn State-Behrend. The Bengals finished the season 3-14.

Tim Smith resigned as men's soccer coach at Niagara after a 4-13-1 season. NU was 2-7-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

MEN'S HOCKEY: Dan Kreiner, an Amherst native and a Park School graduate, recently was inducted into the Salem (Mass.) State College Varsity Club Hall of Fame. Kreiner, who played at Salem State in the late 1970s, holds the school's single-season record for goals with 30. He had 193 career points in four varsity seasons. Kreiner also played varsity tennis for four seasons, competing in two NCAA Division III tournaments. Kreiner lives in Boxford, Mass.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Sophomore Virginia Jennings and junior Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe have been voted co-captains by their UB teammates. McMeeken-Ruscoe was chosen despite the fact that she never has dressed for a game at UB. The New Zealand native transferred from the University of Hawaii and sat out last season under NCAA rules.

Coach Cheryl Dozier also announced that sophomore transfer Rochelle Cherry of Rochester has left school for personal and family reasons. Cherry, a 6-foot-3 center, came to UB from the University of South Florida.

The Bulls will play their first game Thursday morning at 10 when they face Premier Sports International in an exhibition game at Alumni Arena.

CROSS COUNTRY: Eight members of the Niagara University men's and women's teams were named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Senior Michael Hull earned a spot on the men's side.

The women placed seven members -- Katie Adams, Tracey Garner, Katie Herman, Heather Jackson, Katarina Kuklova, Monica Wagner and Melissa Wisnock (Newfane).

WOMEN'S SOCCER: No. 8 seed Canisius will face No. 9 Iona today in the MAAC tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

No. 6 seed Niagara will play No. 3 Loyola on Thursday morning at 11:15 in the quarterfinals.

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