With four goals from Caroline Crump the Niagara women's lacrosse team defeated St. Bonaventure, 16-6, in Allegany on Thursday afternoon.
The Purple Eagles scored the game's first four goals and dominated the scoreboard the rest of the way. It's the first time in 13 seasons Niagara has started the year 2-0.
Rachel MacCheyne had three goals and two assists for Niagara while Shea Swartwout had three goals.
Rylee Arnold led St. Bonaventure (0-3) with three goals and one assist.
Niagara travels to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne on Sunday while the Bonnies head west and will play at Fresno State on Tuesday.
Burns win 50 free
University at Buffalo senior Megan Burns won her fourth straight 50 freestyle title at the Mid-American Conference women's swimming and diving championships.
Burns swam a season-best time of 22.47 seconds in the final to claim the victory over Sadie Fazekas from Akron and fellow UB senior Eve Kosten, who finished tied for second in 22.85 seconds.
The Bulls are in second place with 223.5 points while the Akron Zips extended their lead on day two with 292.5 points in the team competition.
Mergler wins for Buff State
Senior Connor Mergler (Williamsville North) captured his fourth straight 50 free title for Buffalo State at the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championships. He won the event with a time of 20.78 then helped the Bengles set two school records.
Mergler joined Cody Wittmeyer Hamburg), Alec Siskar (Williamsville North) and Kyle Callan on the 200 free relay team thatfnished second with a school-record time of 1:24.95.
The 400 medley relay finished third and set a school record in a time of 3:30.01 with a team of Mergler, Wittmeyer, Josh Bartel, and Tanner Rees (Roy-Hart).
Niagara hosts Marist
The Niagara men's basketball team closes out the regular season hosting Marist at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles are looking to end a two-game losing skid heading into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament which begins on March 1.
Niagara is 11-6 and in third place in the MAAC with the league's leading offense (83.5 points per game) and the league's worst defense (allowing 84.0 points per game). Kahil Dukes is second in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 21 points a game.
The Purple Eagles have been without Matt Scott for the last two games after he injured his ankle in a game at Iona on Feb. 16. Scott still ranks third in the league in scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.4).
Marist comes to Lewiston with a 4-12 league mark, 6-22 overall. The Red Foxes are coming off a 69-51 win over Saint Peter's, which ended a five-game losing streak.
Canisius women travel to Siena
The Golden Griffins close out their women's basketball regular season with a game against Siena in Loudonville. Canisius is 10-18 overall, 8-9 in MAAC play, and are coming off a 72-66 win at Niagara.
The Saints are 14-3 overall and at 9-7 are in a three-way tie for third place in the MAAC with Fairfield and Rider. Siena's last game was a 44-43 loss at Fairfield.
Buffalo State in semifinals
The Buffalo State women's basketball team will play second-seeded Oneonta a 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the SUNYAC tournament. The game will be at top-seeded Geneseo, which plays New Paltz in the second semi.
The Bengals (13-13) advanced with a 54-51 win over No. 3 Cortland in the quarterfinals. Freshman Katie Villarini (Hamburg) had 16 points in the win.
The men's semifinals will be at top-seeded Plattsburgh (20-4) as they play Oswego with Brockport and Oneonta meeting in the other semifinal.