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Canisius women’s lacrosse seeks another championship

The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team can extend its dynasty in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Griffins will play Monmouth in the championship game at noon at the Demske Sports Complex. The winner moves on to the NCAA tournament. The Griffins will be looking for their fifth championship in six seasons, and they have been in the title game in each of those six seasons.

Canisius, the top seed in the tournament, advanced on Friday night with a 10-7 win over Fairfield. Erica Evans had four goals, including the 100th of her career. She is the first sophomore in school history to reach the century mark in goals.

Monmouth (12-7, 6-2 MAAC), the third-ranked team, beat Marist, 9-3, in the other semifinal. Marial Pierce had three goals and an assist for the Hawks.

Canisius has a 12-6 record overall, 9-0 in the MAAC. The Griffs have won 10 of their last 11 games, losing only to nationally ranked Syracuse.

BASKETBALL: Syracuse center Chinonso Obokoh reportedly will transfer to St. Bonaventure next season. He was a standout at Bishop Kearney in Rochester during his high school career.

Obokoh only played 67 minutes in 11 games for the Orange last season, and probably would have been a fourth-string center next season. He had announced his intention to transfer at the end of last season.

Obokoh will graduate this month, and therefore be eligible to play for the Bonnies immediately. He will have at least one year of eligibility left, and could ask the NCAA to grant him a second year.

TRACK AND FIELD: Three University at Buffalo women were winners at the Jim Thorpe Open at Penn State. Corinne Birchard (800), Laura Libruk (3,000 steeplechase) and McKenzie Kuehlewind (hammer throw) had good tune-ups for next week’s MAC Championships in Toledo, Ohio.

In men’s competition, Alex Siracusa took the long jump at 21-6¾. Jack Dylan and Dylan Servos set season-bests in the 1,500-meter run.

SOFTBALL: Buffalo State refuses to go away in the SUNYAC Tournament, at Cortland this week.

The Bengals finished a game on Saturday that started Friday, earning a 6-3 win over Plattsburgh, the No. 2 seed. Lexi Haley won her 16th game of the season on the mound, and she also drove in a run. Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga) added a home run.

Later Saturday, Buffalo State survived against with a 5-2 win over Geneseo and will face No. 1 seed Cortland on Sunday at 11 a.m.