One of the great sports rivalries in Western New York remains in a state of perpetual lopsidedness. It was more lopsided than ever this school year.
Canisius College won its all-sports rivalry with Niagara University, called the Battle of the Bridge, for the eighth straight year.
The final score was 30-8, the biggest margin ever, which means Canisius again will retain possession of the Canal Cup, which gets displayed at the triumphant school’s athletic complex.
Each school essentially gets one point for every head-to-head meeting in each sport, with the exception of men’s and women’s basketball, which counts two points for every meeting.
Niagara beat Canisius twice in men’s basketball, which accounted for four points. Canisius got four points in hockey, because the Griffs swept the Purple Eagles in the regular season then won twice in an Atlantic Hockey Conference playoff series. Canisius was the regular-season champion in hockey, while Niagara finished last in the AHC. This was the first year hockey counted four points in the competition.
The only other points accumulated by the Purple Eagles came from two wins in volleyball, a split in softball and a tie in men’s soccer. The Battle of the Bridge competition was created in 2006-07.