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Siena holds off Canisius men’s lacrosse

Four days after perhaps the biggest victory ever in men’s lacrosse at Canisius College, the Golden Griffins lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clash to Siena, 10-7, in Loudonville on Saturday.

The Saints took a 2-0 lead and Canisius (4-5, 1-2 MAAC) trailed the rest of the way, although the Griffs did manage to close the deficit to one (8-7) on a unassisted goal by Evan Gould with 7:17 left in the game.

However, goals by Conor Prunty and Colin Clive put it away for Siena (6-3, 3-0 MAAC). Jeff Edwards and Vince Gravino each had a goal and an assist for Canisius. Nick Tuttle, Billy Jacobbi (Williamsville South), Austin Romantic, Sam Connors (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) and Gould had single tallies.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Canisius began its MAAC season with a 19-12 win over Iona in New Rochelle, putting the game away with nine straight goals in the second half.

Tori Quinn had five goals and three assists and Maria Kotas (Lancaster) and Taylor Giglio each had four goals and an assist while Ashley Bull had three goals for the Griffs (5-4, 1-0 MAAC).

Host Fairfield handed Niagara a 15-7 loss in the Purple Eagles’ MAAC opener. Maria Battista had three goals and Danielle Maio had a pair of goals and an assist for NU (3-5, 0-1 MAAC).

BASEBALL: The University at Buffalo split with Ball State in a Mid-American Conference doubleheader played at Monroe Community College in Rochester. Mike Burke doubled home Tyler Mautner in the bottom of the 10th to give UB a 14-13 win in the first game which was suspended after nine innings on Friday. UB had trailed, 8-0. Ball State won the second game of the series, 5-2, behind All-America pitcher Scott Baker.

Burke was the winning pitcher in relief in the opener and starter and loser in the second game.

Canisius (17-7, 5-0 MAAC) extended its winning streak to seven games by sweeping a doubleheader from Manhattan, 4-3 and 10-0, at the Demske Sports Complex. Jesse Puscheck (North Tonawanda) singled home the winning run in the seventh inning of the opener. Sophomore left-hander Alex Godzak pitched his first shutout in the nightcap, allowing just three hits, and two walks and striking out four.

Greg Rodgers drove in three runs, two with a first-inning triple, as Niagara (6-17, 1-3 MAAC) defeated Monmouth, 7-5, in West Long Branch, N.J.