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Colleges: Griffs get a new challenger; it's Niagara

Defending champion Canisius (8-6, 5-1 MAAC) stands alone in first place in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse, but the Golden Griffins may have a new challenger on their hands.

The Griffs outscored Quinnipiac, 8-2, in the first half and went on to a 12-7 victory over the Bobcats in Hamden, Conn. on Saturday.

Later Saturday, Niagara (7-7, 4-1 MAAC) defeated Monmouth, 18-10, in West Long Branch, N.J. What's significant about the outcome is that Monmouth defeated Canisius last Saturday at the Demske Complex in Buffalo, ending the Griffs' 27-game MAAC win streak in MAAC regular season.
Niagara is tied for second place with Marist, which loss to Canisius on Wednesday. The Purple Eagles will play at Marist on Wednesday. Also in the picture is Fairfield (7-6, 3-2 MAAC) which lost to Marist at home on Saturday, 11-10.
Jourdan Roemer scored four goals, Jen Reininger had three and Allie Stewart (Lancaster) and Bryar Cummings had two each in the Canisius victory. Marissa Malvaso had the other Griffs goal. Roemer had 40 goals and Reininger 39 on the season.

Niagara's junior scoring star Rachel MacCheyne scored six goals and assisted on two others in the victory at Monmouth. Caroline Crump had three goals and two assists and Shea Swartwout had three goals and an assist.
MacCheyne scored three straight goals in the first 8:27 of the second half to give Niagara a 9-5 lead and had two more later in the half, giving her 46 for the season.

It was too cold in Williamsville for the Erie Community College baseball team to get in its game with Jamestown CC. The ECC softball team, however, braved the elements to sweep a doublehader from Genesee CC, 5-4 and 12-1.

Sophomore Gianna Zarcone picked up the pitching win in both games, she also singled to left in the seventh inning of opener to give the Kats a walk-off win.

Zarcone pitched all five innngs of the second game and went 2 for 3 with a triple. Courtney Bailey was 2 fore 3 two doubles and three RBIs and Alyssa Garlow was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.

St. Bonaventure 3, VCU 2: Freshman Braydon Nelson pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning after giving up a run to save the Atlantic 10 Conference victory for Bona.

Mike Magnanti doubled and Ryan MacCarrick singled in the seventh when the Bonnies scored what turned out to be the winning run.


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