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Colleges: Canisius men's soccer wins at Cornell

Evan Walsh scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to give Canisius (5-1) a 2-1 men's soccer victory over Cornell in Ithaca.

The Big Red scored first on Tommy Hansen's goal in the fourth minute. Troy Brady (Grand Island) leveled things in the 21st minute for Canisius.

Goalkeeper Marco Trivellato had three saves in the victory.

Canisius will play at Rutgers on Tuesday.

St. Bonaventure (3-2-1) lost to Hartwick, 3-1, in a nonconference match in Oneonta. Kosi Nwafornso scored for the Bonnies to tie the game in the 63rd minute. Hartwick is 2-3-0.

Buffalo State men's soccer (5-1) is off to its best start since 2011 (5-0-1) with Saturday's 2-1 victory over Medaille at D'Youville College's Dobson Field.

The Bengals rallied for second half goals by Luke Pavone and Robert Williamson to win it. Pavone scored off a cross from Williamson. A deep cross from Danny Clavin set up Williamson's winning goal in the 68th minute. Medaille scored on a first-half goal by Mitchell Ali with an assist from Lachlan Wilkinson.
Andrew Queen made for saves in goal for Buffalo State which has a nonconference home game against Morrisville State on Tuesday before its SUNYAC opener at Geneseo on Friday.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Canisius (5-2-1) played a 0-0 overtime draw in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener at Iona (1-6-2). Griffs goalkeeper Alana Rossi had six saves in earning her fifth shutout.

Niagara (4-3-1) opened its MAAC  schedule with a 2-0 loss to Monmouth on Niagara Field. NU goalkeeper Sabrina Locas had six saves in the loss.

"I thought we were very timid in the first half and lacked the confidence that we needed to be successful," said Niagara coach Peter Veltri. "In the second half, we played much better ..."

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The University at Buffalo team had to go to five sets for the fifth time in 10 matches this season to defeat Appalachian State, 23-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-7 on Saturday morning in the College of Charleston (S.C.) Tournament.

Sophomore setter Scout McLerran recorded a career high 65 assists in the win, surpassing the 64 that she recorded twice last year. Polina Prokudina led the way with 26 kills on a career-high 60 total attacks. She recorded a double-double with 17 digs. Andrew Mitrovic added 14 kills and just four errors on 41 swings, but she also led the Bulls defensively with a career-best 24 digs. Rachel Sanks added 11 kills, while Megan Wernette had 10 kills, three aces, and six digs.

Later, host College of Charleston swept the Bulls, 25-15, 25-16, 26-24. Prokudina had 15 kills and McLerran 32 assists for UB.

Niagara (5-5) opened its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with a three-set win (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) over Saint Peter's (0-10) in Jersey City, N.J.  A kill by Draik Banks started a 14-5 run for Niagara to win the opener. The Purple Eagles started the second set on a 10-3 run and had 15 kills in the third. Nicole Matheis had a double-double for Niagara (10 kills, 13 digs). Rylee Hunt had 20 digs for the match.

Buffalo State was swept by St. Lawrence (25-16, 28-26, 25-20) and Case Western (25-17, 25-13, 18-25, 25-28) as it wrapped up its Bengal Classic in Houston Gym. Lauren Hansen and Emile O'Brien had seven kills apiece for the Bengals against St. Lawrence. Hansen had nine kills and 14 digs against Case Western. Alyssa Durski (Eden) had 38 assists all day for Buffalo State. Case Western (3-0) won the Classic. Allie Harford (Silver Creek) made the All-Tournament team.

Daemen (3-7) broke its seven-match losing streak by defeating Adelphi (21-25, 25-23, 25 -20, 21-25, 15-7) and Saint Rose (26-24, 25-23, 25-17) in Albany. Adelphi competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament last season.
Sophomore Meghan Ballou (Eden) led a balanced offense against Adelphi with 15 kills while adding 10 digs, her fourth double-double this season. Freshmen Jenn Heritz posted 11 kills for a .556 attack percentage, while sophomore Cristina Apostol chipped in with 10 kills and three blocks. Veteran setter Katie McKrell dished out 44 assists and three service aces.

Ballou continued to be dominant against Saint Rose, hammering a career-high 17 kills, leaving her three shy of 300 for her careers. Heritz posted 11 kills, and sophomore Sydney MacInnis had 19 and McKrell had 16 of Daemen 41 assists.


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