Canisius' Tarasova goes solo
Natalia Tarasova of Canisius earned 94.000 points to win the solo event for the second year in a row at the U.S. College Synchronized Swimming Championships in Stanford, Calif.
In the overall scoring, the Golden Griffins tied for third with the University of Incarnate Word (Texas), as each team earned 72 points. Ohio State finished first with 96 points.
Tarasova, a senior from Moscow, Russia, was selected as the 2010 Collegiate Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the coaches.
Senior Yulia Shepeleva of Canisius placed third in the solo event with 91.500 points, and the pair of Shepeleva and Tarasova earned second place in the duet with a 93.250 score. Ohio State took first by a slim margin, earning the top spot in 93.875 points.
The Canisius trio of Brittanie Grant, Jessica Grogan and Victoria Mintz took eighth place, earning 84.250 points.
Coaches honor UB's Pierce
University at Buffalo senior guard Rodney Pierce (Hutch-Tech) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District First Team. Buffalo is a member of District 14, made up of schools from the Mid-American Conference. Pierce earned the award for the second straight year.
Canisius senior guard Frank Turner was named to the NABC All-District 1 second team.
Bengals still unbeaten
Buffalo State (3-0) outscored Ithaca (1-2), 4-1, in the second half to stay unbeaten and earn a 9-6 victory Monday in a non-conference women's lacrosse game at Coyer Field.
Kendyl Clarkson became the eighth Buffalo State player to total 100 career points, finishing with two goals and five assists to bring her career total to 102. Karen Shaddock added three goals and an assist for the Bengals, while Katie Henderson (Frontier) scored twice. Ashley O'Brien made seven saves for Buffalo State, which next faces No. 13 Tufts at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Troy.