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CLARKSON DEFEATS NIAGARA

Perhaps two consecutive road sweeps was a bit too ambitious. Instead, Niagara had to settle for a split in men's hockey after dropping a 4-3 decision to Clarkson in Cheel Arena on Saturday night.

The loss ended a three-game win streak for the Purple Eagles (3-4).

Niagara never led, tying the game at 1-1 on a Pat Oliveto goal and then at 2-2 on a goal by Justin Cross. The Knights took a 3-2 lead just 43 seconds into the third period, then scored a short-handed goal for some breathing room. Cross added another goal with 1:27 left.

"They won the special-teams game, and that kept us out of our rhythm," said Niagara coach Dave Burkholder. "It was one of those nights where we were playing catch-up."

Meanwhile, Canisius dropped the first game of its series with Wayne State, 3-2, in Detroit. The Warriors built a 3-0 lead before Andrew Dawe scored a pair of power-play goals in the second. Bryan Worosz recorded 23 saves for the Griffs (1-3-1) as the Warriors held a 26-25 shots on goal advantage.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Sixth-ranked St. Lawrence held a commanding 42-24 advantage in shots on goal during a 2-0 win over visiting Niagara (2-3). The Purple Eagles went 0 for 12 on the power play.

CROSS COUNTRY: Jenny Koeppel (Amherst) won the Mid-American Conference cross country individual title for the University at Buffalo with a time of 23:50.20. "Jenny ran a textbook-perfect race," said UB coach Vicki Mitchell. "Everything she trained for all season came out for her to be MAC champion." The Bulls placed fourth in the team scoring. On the men's side, the Bulls placed seventh with Dan McKenna finishing 26th. . . . Aileen Hoak (Nardin) placed 11th with a time of 22:29.59 while the Canisius women's team placed eighth at the MAAC Championships. The Niagara women finished ninth in the 10-team field, led by a 24th-place finish by Julie Dickhans. On the men's side, Canisius placed eighth and Niagara ninth. For the Griffs, Christian Volk (Canisius) placed 30th while Jonathan Lacki (Grand Island) was 49th for the Purple Eagles. . . . At the Atlantic 10 Championships, St. Bonaventure finished last in the 11-team field on both the men's and women's side. Mary Town posted her best time of the season with a 20:03 to finish 57th while Andrew Shulha was 66th. . . . Stacey Zinch earned all-conference honors with a seventh-place finish for Hilbert at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships. Andy Kozak (St. Francis) placed 28th for the Hawks' men's team.

VOLLEYBALL: Christina Wildes had a match-high 15 kills and five digs for Canisius (9-13, 2-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in a three-game win over St. Peter's. Kim Hoffman added 14 kills and eight digs while Mary Boller (Clarence) had 12 kills and three solo blocks. . . . Niagara (5-15, 3-2 MAAC) needed four games to defeat Manhattan. Erin Graham, Michelle LeSouder and Raelean Rush (Sweet Home) all had 14 kills while Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) had 20 digs. . . . Buffalo State (6-28) ended its season by dropping a pair of three-game matches at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Lauren Clark (Mount Mercy) had five kills and seven digs in a loss to Elizabethtown while Kristen Scheffold (Lancaster) had 16 digs in a loss to Lycoming. . . . April Lyons had 12 kills and five blocks for D'Youville (13-20), but the Spartans lost in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship to Keuka. . . . A four-game win for Medaille (12-13, 3-6 AMCC) over LaRoche qualified the Mavs for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament. . . . Daemen (24-13, 15-2 AMC) clinched the America Mideast Conference North title for the third straight year with a pair of conference wins over Carlow and Ursuline. Nicole Kuslik (Sweet Home) had 28 kills while Mary Bellanca (Sweet Home) had 52 digs on the day.

MEN'S SOCCER: Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster) scored two goals to register 102 career points but Medaille lost to SUNYIT, 4-3.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Joanna Daugenti scored 22 points with nine rebounds in a 79-71 win for Daemen (2-0) over Wilfred Laurier.

SWIMMING: Winning 24 events and setting 12 personal bests, Niagara's men rolled past Canisius while the women defeated the Griffs and Sacred Heart.

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