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College roundup: Canisius women get OT lacrosse win

Senior Jen Reininger scored with 3:31 left in the second overtime to cap a 10-9 comeback victory for the Canisius College women's lacrosse team over Iona in New Rochelle on Friday.

The Golden Griffins trailed by four goals, 9-5, when Jourdan Roemer started the rally with 13 minutes left in regulation. She scored her 24th goal of the season on a free position with Bryar Cummings scoring 59 seconds.

Reininger scored her 28th of the season with 6:24 to play to bring the Griffs within one with Roemer tying the game with 3:20 left to play.

Senior goalie Rebbeca VanLaeken recorded five saves in the two overtime periods.

"I am proud of our team and their efforts today," Canisius coach Allison Daley said. "We battled extremely hard to come back from behind and win in overtime. We showed a lot of grit and determination on the field today and believed in each other and our systems. Today was a total team effort. This is a special team and one that I am proud to coach."

Roemer had five goals and one assist while Reininger finished the game with four goals,

The Griffs improved to  5-5 overall and 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

St. Bonaventure will look for its first win of the season on Saturday when they host George Washington at noon at the Marra Athletic Complex. the Bonnies are 0-9 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic 10.

Baseball

Niagara scored nine runs in the second inning en route to a 13-8 win over Fairfield in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener in Connecticut.

With bases loaded, Wyatt Olson singled through the left side, scoring Peter Battaglia. Joseph Tevlin then doubled to right field scoring two more runs. An RBI single from Michael Gabriele and a two-run double from Benny Serrano put the Purple Eagles up, 6-2. Greg Cullen had an RBI ground out, Battaglia a sacrifice fly RBI and Trevor McCauley had a solo homer to round out the inning for Niagara.

The series continues with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday.

Canisius dropped a 4-2 decision to host Monmouth slipping to 13-8 overall and 2-2 in MAAC play.

Liam Wilson had two doubles in Friday's game, giving him 45 in his career, tying the redshirt senior for third place in program history. Wilson has reached base in all 21 games this season for the Griffs.

Ryan Stekl and Stephen Bennett also had two-hit days for the Griffs.

Canisius concludes the three-game series with Monmouth with a doubleheader on Saturday with a doubleheader.

St. Bonaventure opened its three-game series against Massachusetts with a 5-3 loss in Amherst, Mass.

Trailing 5-1 heading for the ninth inning, the Bonnies scored twice and sent the tying run to the plate. Casey Vincent started the rally with a one-out single to center, moving to third on a double by David Vaccaro. Both scored on Jeff Palczewski's double down the left field line.

But UMass ended the rally as reliever Casey Aubin picked up the final two outs, dropping the Bonnies to 4-14 overall, 0-4 in the Atlantic 10.

Softball

St. Bonaventure took an early lead but the Bonnies couldn't hold off Dayton as the Flyers recorded a 12-5 win at Joyce Field in Allegany.

Bona had a 5-4 lead over Dayton, but the Flyers scored single runs in the third and fifth then exploded for six runs in the seventh inning.

McKenna Holtz led off the first inning by drawing a walk, then scored on a triple by Alexandra Deal. Deal scored on a ground out by Hailey Blencowe for a 2-0 lead. Dayton responded with a four-run first and Bona answered back as Blencowe belted a bases-clearing double for a 5-4 lead.

The Flyers tied the game in the third then took the lead for good in the fifth on a solo home run by Ellie Ziegler.

St. Bonaventure (8-17, 1-5 Atlantic 10) hosts Youngstown State in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The University at Buffalo dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Northern Illinois, 10-0 and 9-1. The Bulls scored their only run of the day in the fifth inning of the nightcap when a ground out by Ufuoma Ogagan scored Anna Aguon. Buffalo (11-16, 3-2 MAC) finishes the series in DeKalk, Ill., with a 3 p.m. game Saturday.

Niagara (7-18) opens its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Siena in Loudonville.

Women's Tennis

Buffalo won all six singles matches as the Bulls recorded their seventh straight team win and remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference play with a 6-1 win at Miami, Ohio. Buffalo is 10-3 overall, 3-0 in league play.

Men's Lacrosse

Canisius looks to rebound after a 19-9 loss to Hobart as the Griffs return to conference play with a game against Marist in Poughkeepsie at noon on Saturday.

Senior Connor Kearnan leads the Griffs in assists (27) and points (42). Canisius is 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC.

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