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Daemen runner off to successful start

It was a fast start to her collegiate career for Daemen freshman runner Mackenzie Donahue (East Aurora). Not only did she pick up her first win in the Highlander Invitational at Houghton College, she set a school record.

Donahue led the entire race in wet conditions and finished the 5K course in 18:37.03.

Her performance came after being named the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week. In her first collegiate race, she took third at the Talon Invitational, running 11:36.0 on the 3,200-meter course at Roberts Wesleyan College.

In other cross country highlights from the weekend, the University at Buffalo claimed its own UB Stampede at Beaver Island State Park. The men won their third straight Stampede title while the women picked up their first team win of the season.

Buffalo senior Zach Ahart (Starpoint) won the men’s race, finishing the 8K course in 25:44 while junior Chrissy Clarkin won the women’s 5K race in 18:24.

Game of the Week

The University at Buffalo volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season when it fell in three games to No. 13 Ohio State.

The lessons learned will require a quick turnaround as the Bulls begin Mid-American Conference play against No. 24 Ohio University. They host the Bobcats at 7 p.m. Friday in Alumni Arena.

Ohio U. (10-2) is coming off a five-set loss to No. 10 Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Little Three Championship

An automatic berth in the 2014 Porter Cup will be on the line in the 59th Little Three Golf Championship on Saturday at Pine Acres Golf Club in Bradford, Pa. It’s a 36-hole event first contested in 1952, but there were several years in which the tournament was not held.

Canisius is the three-time defending champion after ending a run of six titles by St. Bonaventure. Niagara last won in 2003.

The individual winner receives a berth into the Porter Cup. Last year, it was Canisius golfer Michael Carring who shot a course record 67 (5-under par) in the first round at Harvest Hill.

Honor roll

D’Youville goalkeeper Christina Ventresca was named the women’s soccer defensive player of the week by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. In 290 minutes over three matches last week, Ventresca allowed just one goal and recorded two shutouts. The senior holds D’Youville records in wins (32) and shutouts (12).