Defending champion Quinnipiac needed just four matches to close out Niagara and win their semifinal match, 4-0, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s tennis championships on Saturday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. Quinnipiac will meet Marist on Sunday for the championship.
After winning three singles matches, Quinnipiac clinched the match by taking the doubles point when the All-MAAC team of Rachel Horton and Sydney Young defeated Niagara’s Haley Hollins (Orchard Park) and Sydnee Wheeler, 6-2.
BASEBALL: Thad Johnson, a senior from Frewsburg, hit a grand slam home run with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give St. Bonaventure a 6-3 victory over La Salle and a sweep of an Atlantic 10 baseball doubleheader over the Explorers. La Salle had taken a 3-2 lead in the top half of the inning. Brandon Schlimm pitched a 2-hitter going the nine-inning distance as the Bonnies won the opener, 3-1. Schlimm struck out five.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Niagara, which trailed at 9-3 halfway through the second quarter, staged a comeback but fell short and lost to Fairfield, 9-7, in a first-round game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs in Lewiston.
Sarah Arndt scored two goals, while Caroline Crump tallied one goal and two assists for the Purple Eagle, who shut out the Stags in the second half. Hailey D’Hont, Jillian Ford, Alexis Morales, and Cailyn Negus rounded out the Niagara goal scoring.
Kara Martin led Niagara with four ground balls and three caused turnovers..
Niagara (9-9) finished with the second highest win total in its women’s lacrosse history.
Mikayla Place had four goals and four assists in her final women’s lacrosse game at St. Bonaventure, a 17-13 loss to Richmond on Senior Day at the Marra Complex. Place had 28 goals and 53 points for the Bonnies (3-14, 1-8 A-10).
SOFTBALL: Jessica Berzins hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning of the second game to give Canisius (18-28, 9-5) MAAC a doubleheader sweep over Monmouth, 5-1 and 5-4, at the Demske Complex. Bridget Hogan homered and drove in five runs for Niagara in a 10-4 win over Rider. The visiting Broncs won the nightcap, 5-4, however. Freshman Katie Weimer (Orchard Park) went 3 for 4 with a double but the University at Buffalo (15-34) lost the finale of a three-game series at Ohio U., 2-1.