The rebuilding effort is taking root at Buffalo State. In an all-around solid game, the Bengals earned a 30-19 football win against The Apprentice School in Newport News, Va., Saturday, bringing their record to 2-2 in the Atlantic Central Football Conference and 2-5 overall.
Quarterback Mike Mikoliachik completed 14 of his 28 passes for a career-high 296 yards with three touchdowns. Special teams blocked an extra point and four punts -- one of which was blocked by David Barabas and recovered in the end zone by Nick Warren for an 18-0 Bengals lead.
"We put together a complete game for the first time today," said Buffalo State coach Paul Shaffner. "I was very impressed with the way we moved the ball up and down the field on offense and our defense and special teams made a number of big plays for us."
Perry Taglienti had 12 tackles for the Bengals, including 2 1/2 for losses. Jeff Shostack had a career-high 118 yards receiving.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Ryan Gale tipped in a pass by Ryan Carrigan just under two minutes into the third period to give Niagara a 3-2 win at Vermont and its first series sweep of the season. Vermont (1-4) took a 2-0 lead on a pair of power play goals in the first half of the first period. Niagara (2-3) struck back, first on a backhand power-play goal by Sean Bentivoglio. With 18 seconds left in the opening period, Pat Oliveto scored on a power play to tie the game. Andrew Lackner recorded assists on the first-period goals. Jeff VanNynatten recorded 34 saves as the Catamounts outshot Niagara, 36-18.
"It was a classic game where our goaltender stole a game on the road for us," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "We're very happy with this because in college hockey you don't have a road sweep very often."
Canisius ralled from a 3-1 deficit to its first win of the season, 5-4, over Robert Morris. Michael Cohen (Williamsville North), Hamburg native Tim Songin, Billy Irish-Baker (Clarence), Joel Kitchen and Andrew Dawe scored for Canisius (1-2-1). . . . Morgan McElman and Sean Castagna scored for Buffalo State (1-1) in a 6-2 loss at Fredonia.
VOLLEYBALL: Kim Hoffman had 12 kills and 11 digs for Canisius in a four-game loss at Iona. . . . Lizaiha Garcia had 12 digs for UB in a three-game loss at Akron. . . . Sam Damsteeter (West Seneca East) had 15 kills and 28 digs for Buffalo State in a four-game win over Oswego in the final round of SUNYAC pool play. The Bengals lost in four games to Fredonia. . . . Mary Helak (St. Mary's) had 25 digs to pace Medaille to a four-game win over D'Youville. April Lyons led D'Youville (12-19) with 15 kills and 20 digs. . . . Amy Anderson (West Seneca West) had seven blocks for Hilbert in a three-game loss to Mount Aloysius. . . . Nichole Kuslik (Sweet Home) had 34 kills on the day as Daemen lost to St. Vincent in four and defeated Notre Dame in three. . . . Lynn Koszuta had a school-record 60 attack attempts as ECC lost in five games to Alfred State.
CROSS COUNTRY: Jenny Vacanti (Niagara-Wheatfield) placed sixth out of 100 runners for Buffalo State at the SUNYAC Championships.
SWIMMING: Roman Margulis won the 200-yard individual medley and the 200 butterfly as St. Bonaventure defeated Duquesne. Taryn Ahern won the 500 and 1,000 free events to pace the Bona women in their win over the Dukes. . . . Kahla Walkinshaw won the 200 fly, 500 and 1,000 free as the UB women defeated Siena. . . . Niagara's men won 10 of 13 events in their win over Fairfield. Jodi Kennis (North Tonawanda) won the 100 butterfly as the women lost to the Stags. . . . Buffalo State's men's and women's teams lost to Geneseo. Freshman Nicole Rutkowski won the women's one-meter dive with a school record score of 231.60.