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NU men's hockey drops RIT; Two quick goals lift Canisius men

Sophomore forward Ryan Murphy had a career-high four-point night as the Niagara men's hockey team defeated RIT, 4-1, on Friday night at Dwyer Arena during Senior Night, earning the Purple Eagles to a first-round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.

Murphy recorded his first career hat trick and contributed an assist in the win. Sophomore Patrick Divjak scored a goal and an assist while freshman forward Isaac Kohls added two helpers. Niagara goaltender Chris Noonan made 22 saves for the game, improving his overall record to 12-5-4.

Carl Larsson and Ryan Bohrer scored 32 seconds apart as the Canisius hockey team beat Mercyhurst, 2-1. The Griffins (10-19-4) are the No. 9 seed going into the playoffs.

Senior Dan Morrison had 27 saves, giving him 2,787 to break the Canisius College saves record of 2,771 held since 2005 by Bryan Worosz. "It's nice to be recognized as a record holder, especially at a school like Canisius," said Morrison. "Anywhere you go, you want to go make an impact on and off the ice."

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Senior defenseman Erica Owczarczak scored two goals to help Niagara to a 3-2 overtime victory over Syracuse at Dwyer Arena.

Owczarczak scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 3:23 remaining in overtime.

Senior Jocey Kleiber found Owczarczak just inside the blue line, who lifted a fluttering snap shot on net that beat Orange goalie Kallie Billadeau stickside.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING: University at Buffalo sophomore Brittney Kuras won her second individual title in as many days as the Bulls completed action at the Mid-American Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Kuras claimed the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 47.66 seconds, setting a UB and Ocasek Natatorium pool record.

The time sliced a second and a half from Caroline Simmons' record from the 2011 MAC Championships. It was Kuras' second individual victory in as many nights after she won the 200-yard individual medley and was part of UB's victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team Thursday.

INDOOR TRACK: UB freshman Emma Siuciak finished second in the women's pentathlon with a five-event total of 3,704 points in the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Akron's Stile Fieldhouse.

In a close finish, she finished just 45 points behind Eastern Michigan's Kate Wolanin. Siuciak's highest finish was a third place in the shot put at 34-9.50.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Medaille ended Penn State Behrend's run at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title for the second straight year with a 58-49 win in the conference semifinals on Friday night.

The Mavericks (22-4) outscored the Lions (21-5) 37-19 in the second half thanks to 52 percent shooting and going 8for 10 from the free-throw line in the final minute of the game to advance to their second straight championship game.

Joelle Pollak scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win.