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Colleges roundup: Canisius, Niagara fall to Atlantic Hockey foes

Army West Point handed Niagara its first Atlantic Hockey loss of the season with a 3-1 win at Dwyer Arena Friday night.

Purple Eagles (5-3-1, 4-1-1) sophomore Kris Spriggs scored the game’s first goal 11:16 into the first period on the power play, but the Black Knights (6-3, 6-3) went on to tie it up early in the second and score twice more in the third.

NU outshot Army, 29-17 for the game. Freshman goalie Brian Wilson made 14 stops. The teams finish their series tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Elsewhere, Canisius lost a 4-3 Atlantic Hockey contest in overtime at Mercyhurst.

Matt Hoover and Dylan McLaughlin scored within 30 seconds of each other to give the Griffs a 3-2 lead with 5:28 left in regulation. Mercyhurst evened it up with 1:25 remaining and then scored 2:01 into overtime for the win.

Ryan Schmelzer scored first for Canisius and also had an assist on McLaughlin's goal.

The teams play again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY: The University at Buffalo women's team finished 10th out of 36 and the men's team 14th out of 37 at the NCAA Northeast Regional hosted by the Bulls at Audubon Golf Course.

New Hampshire's Elinor Purrier finished the 6K women's race first in 21:20.8, while Providence secured its third straight Northeast Region team crown. Canisius finished 29th and St. Bonaventure 36th.

Griffs junior Siobhan Quinn was the top local finisher in 27th with a school-record 22:32. UB sophomore Stephanie Ward (22:51.6) finished 51st, while Sylvia Russell (54th) and Morgan Mahoney (57th) were close behind. Cornell freshman Gabrielle Orie (Nardin) came in 72nd.

The men's individual title went to Syracuse's Justyn Knight (31:43.4), and the Orange placed five in the top 11 to claim the team title as well. Canisius came in 16th and St. Bonaventure 37th.

Redshirt senior Jeff Antolos became the first male runner at Canisius to place in the top 25 and earn all-region recognition after he came in 18th with a school-record 10K time of 32:30.05. Teammate Donovan Glavin finished 32nd. St. Joe's grad William Hilbert's 42nd-place finish was tops for the Bulls.

Stephanie Ward setting new standards for distance runners at UB

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: UB dropped its second straight MAC contest in a four-set loss to Miami (Ohio). The Bulls won the first set, 25-17, but lost the last three by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22.

Cassie Shado had a team-high 15 kills, while Scout McLerran led the offense with 41 assists. Andrea Mitrovic added 10 kills and 20 digs.

The Bulls (15-11, 8-7) wrap up their regular season today against Bowling Green (16-10, 12-3) at 6 p.m. at Alumni Arena.

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