One of the longest conference winning steak in Canisius College sports history fell Sunday at the Demske Complex.
Monmouth, which had never defeated Canisius in seven previous meetings, never trailed this time in defeating the Golden Griffins, 14-12, ending Canisius' 27-game winning streak in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season games.
The Griffs' previous loss in a MAAC game was the finale of the 2014 regular season, to Fairfield, 11-9. Canisius avenged that loss by defeating the Stags in the semifinals of the conference tournament the next week and going on to win the fourth of its six MAAC tournament championships over a seven-year span.
Against Monmouth on Sunday, Canisius rallied to tie the game on four occasions, the last at 8-8 with on an unassisted goal by Allie Stewart (Lancaster) with 22:57 to go in the second half. However, the Hawks outscored the home team, 6-3 the rest of the way.
Jen Reininger's third goal of the game brought the Griffs to within a goal, 11-10, with 11:32 left, but Monmouth scored the next three. Canisius did not get another goal until Reininger scored her 33rd of the season with 4:22 left and Jourdan Roemer tallied her fifth of the game for Canisius with 51 seconds to play.
Roemer is just one goal away from the 100-mark for her career, halfway through her junior season.
Canisius faces a busy week. The Griffs will host Marist at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, play at Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. on Saturday and then meet North Carolina in a neutral site game in Syracuse at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
St. Bonaventure erased a three-shot deficit on the final day and finished on top of a 17-team field to win the Towson Spring Inviational at the Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md.
The Bonnies shot a 303 on Sunday for an overall total of 603. First day leader Central Connecticut State (609) was next.
It was the third victory in tournament play for Bona this season. Previously, the Bonnies had won the Binghamton Intercollegiate, and the Little Three Championship.
"I can't remember the last time where we were probably the favorite on paper going into a full-field event," said Bona coach Ryan Swanson. "It is one thing to win, but to win under that pressure in incredibly cold and difficult conditions when every team is coming for you says a lot about our guys."
Junior Brent Morgan led the Bonnies, finishing fourth in a field of 90 players with a 149 on rounds of 74 and 75.
Matt Abendroth shot 75 for a final 150. Zach Chaddock (78-75-153), Danny Gianniny (74-79-153) and Corey Long (77-78-155) figured in the Bona team scoring.
Playing as an individual, Nolan Ditcher of Bona carded rounds of 81 and 79 for a 160.
Canisius 5-11, Saint Peter's 1-2: Charlie Sobieraski (Lockport) allowed three hits over five innings and Ryan Stekl drove in five runs with a homer and two doubles for the Griffs (16-10, 5-3) in the opener. Liam Wilson and William Krull drove in two runs each in the second game. Saint Peter's is 0-22, 0-9 in the MAAC.
Niagara 9, Iona 6: A two-run homer by Peter Battaglia and a solo shot by Owen Dziados helped the Purple Eagles (9-14, 4-2 MAAC) get off to a 5-0 lead as they won the rubber game of a three-game MAAC series at Bobo Field. Iona is 8-18, 2-5 in the MAAC.
Central Michigan 7-13, UB 1-5: The Chippewas completed their three-game sweep of the Bulls in the Mid-American Conference doubleheader in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Ufuoma Ogagan and Danielle Lallos each had three hits on the day for the Bulls (13-20, 5-6 MAC).
Marist 7-0, Canisius 5-5: Emily Nicosia pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game and Denver Keller homered in the nightcap as the Griffs (4-25, 1-3 MAAC) split a doubleheader with the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie.
Quinnipiac 5-9, Niagara 1-0: Jennifer Timm homered in the ninth for the only run by the Purple Eagles (9-23, 2-5 MAAC) in the opener of a the doubleheader in Hamden, Conn. Jerri Ann Orfano had Niagara’s only hit in the second game.
UB 6, Western Michigan 1: The Bulls won their 10th straight match and improved to 6-0 in the MAC. Junior Sanjana Sudhir, sophomore Emil Abibula, junior Arianna Paules Aldrey won in singles and the teams of Janja Stojanovska and Anna Savchenko at No.2 and Chantel Martinez Blanco and Lolade Ogungbesan at No. 1 won the doubles point for UB./