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Canisius beats VMI in lacrosse Freshman's five leads NU women

A balanced scoring attack helped Canisius open the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's lacrosse season with an 11-9 win over Virginia Military Institute.

Scoring two goals each for the Golden Griffins (2-4, 1-0 MAAC) were Reed Peterson, Tom Hensel, Kevin Ross and Brad Favero.

The Griffs scored five of the first six goals in the second half to build an 11-6 lead with a goal by Stephan Ola (Williamsville South) seconds into the fourth quarter proving to be the game-winner.

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WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Freshman Jennifer Champion scored a team-high five goals to help Niagara to a 14-4 win over St. Francis (Pa.). The Purple Eagles (3-3) have won three of their last four games. Vanessa Shultz (Clarence) added three goals for Niagara, which held a 36-14 advantage in shots.

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BASEBALL: Niagara swept its doubleheader with Radford (Va.) winning, 9-7 and 3-2. In the first game, the Purple Eagles (6-10) won in the eighth, scoring runs on singles by Andre MacNevin, Brian Clifford (Timon-St. Jude) and Paul Solini. Tyler Addison earned the win while Solini went 3 for 4. In the second game, Niagara scored three runs in the third inning helped by a triple by Jeff Vincent and a single by Clifford. Josh Sawatzky took the win. . . . Branson Joseph drove in two runs while going 2 for 4 to give Canisius a 3-2 win over Mount St. Mary's in College Park, Md. The Griffs (5-14) dropped the opener of the doubleheader, 4-2. . . . James Kingsley collected three hits and an RBI but University at Buffalo lost, 14-3, to the University of New Orleans. Steve Geltz (Wilson) gave up five runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts for the Bulls (4-13).

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SOFTBALL: Jess Martin drove in four runs for Canisius (8-12), but the Griffs lost, 8-6, to Florida International at the USF Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Juliette Bowers took the loss for the Griffs, giving up three runs on four hits in two relief innings. At the same tournament, UB dropped both its games. The Bulls (7-16) lost to Illinois-Chicago, 2-0, and to Elon, 5-4. Sophie Barstad homered in the nightcap and Mary Russell drove in two runs for UB. . . . Niagara split its games at the Bash at the Beach Tournament hosted by Delaware State, losing, 7-6, to St. Francis (Pa.), but beating Saint Joseph's, 5-3. In the win, Lisa Baker (West Seneca West) went 2 for 3 and Katie Gleiser (Maryvale) pitched a four-hitter with a career-high seven strikeouts.

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MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: D'Youville (15-7) won the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a three-game win over Bard College. Mike Rozek (West Seneca West) became the fourth Spartain to reach the 1,000-career kill mark with 12 kills and four blocks in the match. Rozek was named the NEAC Player of the Year.

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WOMEN'S TENNIS: Danielle Grenier and Julianne Prokopic won at first doubles for Niagara (4-8) in a loss to IPFW.

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MEN'S TENNIS: Walter Garica and Alex Abji teamed up for a doubles win and took their singles matches for Niagara (7-2) in a win over Robert Morris.

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Allison Depp became the first Daemen athlete to earn first-team All-America status. The junior center earned NAIA Division II All-America first team honors. The Lockport graduate set school season records for points (693) and rebounds (331). She was among national leaders in six statistical categories including points per game (20.4) and rebounds per game (9.7). Teammate Germany Jackson (Traditional) was an All-America honorable mention for the second straight year. The junior guard averaged 18.3 points and seven rebounds a game. . . . Fredonia sophomore forward Cheryl Kindzia (Williamsville North) was named to the D3hoops.com All-East second team.

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