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ECC takes hit at Nassau

Erie Community College suffered its first football loss of the season with a 30-19 setback at Nassau Community College on Friday night.

The Kats were down, 23-7, at halftime to sixth-ranked Nassau (3-0) and were never able to get in an offensive groove.

Ray Braxton (Lackawanna) threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, providing the ECC scoring. Braxton completed 12 of his 22 passes for 86 yards, while Derrick Beckworth rushed for 69 yards.

The Kats are 2-1 after opening the season with three straight road games. They host Morrisville in their home opener next Saturday.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Brittany Bisnott scored on a breakaway in the 87th minute to give Niagara (4-1-1) a 1-0 win over the University at Buffalo. The Bulls (2-3-1) held a 17-15 advantage in shots. Katy Owings earned the shutout with 14 saves, while Anna-Lesa Calvert recorded 11 saves for UB. . . . Heather MacDougall scored in the 57th minute for St. Bonaventure (1-6) in a 7-1 loss at No. 13 Virginia. . . . Christina Cullen and Amanda Janosy scored for Canisius (0-6) in a 3-2 loss at Cornell. . . . Buffalo State suffered its first loss of the year -- on an own goal in overtime. The Bengals lost to Oneonta, 2-1, when in OT a shot came off the crossbar and into the Buffalo State net. Gina Monaco (Niagara Falls) scored for the Bengals (4-1-1). The loss snapped Buffalo State's school-record, six-game unbeaten streak that dated back to last year.

VOLLEYBALL: Niagara entered its first losing streak of the season after dropping a three-set match to San Diego State at the Medical Mutual CSU Invitational at Cleveland State. It's the first time the Purple Eagles (5-3) have lost two straight this season. Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) had 16 kills. Stephanie Hopkins (Sweet Home) had a team-high eight kills and added 11 digs. . . . Mary Boller (Clarence) had a team-high seven kills for Canisius in a three-game loss to St. John's at the Bucknell Invitational. Lauren Lackovich posted 16 assists for the Griffs (3-5). . . . Nikki Morzenti had 16 kills and Lizaiha Garcia had 21 digs for UB (5-5) in a five-game loss to West Virginia at the Mountaineer's tournament.

GOLF: St. Bonaventure held an eight-shot lead after the first round at the Bucknell Invitational. Andy Whalen and Josh Anderson each shot an even-par 70 to stay one stroke off the leaders' pace. The final two rounds are scheduled for today.

CROSS COUNTRY: At the National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame, the Canisius men finished 20th of 33 teams while the women took 30th in a field of 35. Chris Castleman finished 79th with a time of 27 minutes, 23 seconds. Alison Konecki placed 116th in a time of 20:49. For St. Bonaventure, the men took 29th while the women were 35th. Andrew Shulha placed 93rd with a time of 27:35. Carrie Jackling placed 211th in a time of 23:05.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Niagara and UB will be on the road for Bracket Buster Saturday.

The one-day men's college basketball extravaganza pits potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other. Overall, 18 leagues and 100 teams compete in the event, scheduled for Feb. 18. Both local teams will play on the road. Matchups and nationally televised games will be announced Jan. 29, while pairings for the remaining games will be announced Feb. 2.

FOR THE RECORD: UB men's soccer player Dan Gwyther was named one of the top freshman "making an impact" in Division I soccer by College Soccer News. The honor, which went to 26 players after Week Two of the season, was announced on the outlet's Web site. Gwyther had an assist for the Bulls in their 3-0 win over Siena last week. He has been a crucial part of a Bulls team that is off to a 5-0 start.

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