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Colleges: UB athletes excel in Princeton meet

It was another big day for University at Buffalo athletes against many of the best in the East at the Larry Ellis meet in Princeton, N.J.

Devon Patterson of UB finished third in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet, 6 1/2 inches, but he was first among collegiate competitors. Club athlete or unattached athletes finished 1-2. His winning throw was nearly 5 feet better than the next collegiate competitor.

Samuel Wray of the Bulls was second with a discus throw of 170 feet, 10 inches. Again he was the best among the collegians.

Brandon Carter of UB was second at 6-8 1/4 in the high jump, trailing only Jeff Giannettino of Army, who cleared the same height with fewer misses.

Mitchell Moore of the Bulls was second in the 400 hurdles in 52.62. Anthony Okolo of Penn was first in 53.34.

Selina Von Jackowski of UB was second in the 100 hurdles in 13.68. However, she was first among collegiate entries.

Women's lacrosse

Five teams, including Canisius and Niagara, stand atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse standings tied with 5-2 records after Saturday's games.

The key results were Fairfield's 11-8 victory over defending MAAC champion Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex and Iona's 12-11 upset of Marist on Senior Day in Poughkeepsie. Niagara joined the log jam by scoring the first five goals of the game on the way to a 15-11 victory over Quinnipiac in Lewiston. Monmouth won at Siena, 13-12.

Final seeding for the MAAC Tournament will be determined by four games on Wednesday: Canisius at Niagara, Fairfield at Manhattan, Iona at Monmouth and Marist at Siena. The Nos. 3 and 4 seeds will host first-round games next Saturday. The No. 1 seed will host the semifinals May 3 and the championship game May 5.

Lauren Smolensky  and Allie Stewart (Lancaster) led Canisius with three points each. Stewart had two goals and Smolensky one. Jen Reininger and Bryar Cummings also had two goals each for the Griffs.

Fairfield goalie Paulina DiFatta made 11 of her 12 saves in the first half as the Stags took a 7-3 lead. Canisius tied the game at 7-all on Jourdan Roemer's 44th goal of the season and again at 8-all on a goal by Stewart but Canisius was shut out the rest of the way.

Rachel MacCheyne had five goals, giving her 53 for the season and Caroline Crump has four tallies, giving her 43, in the Niagara victory.


Canisius 10-7, Saint Peter's 0-1: Canisius stands only in seventh place with a 3-3 record in MAAC play but there is plenty of time to catch up and qualify for the conference tournament. The Griffs have 12 games to play, including a doubleheader today at Manhattan. Then it's 10 home games in a row, including six against the top three teams in the standings.

Ericka Mackie tossed a complete game, 2-hit shutout in the first game for the Griffs. Freshman Emily Nicosia (Williamsville North) went the distance in the second and sophomore Brittany Sockwell hit her first career home run.

Massachusetts 10-5, St. Bonaventure 1-1: UMass is undefeated (13-0) in Atlantic 10 Conference play while the Bonnies are 8-28 overall and 1-14 in the conference.


Monmouth 6-8, Niagara 1-5: Shortstop Greg Cullen went 3 for 3 in the second game and 3 for 6 on the day for the Purple Eagles (12-19, 4-7).

St. Bonaventure 2, Dayton 0: Casey Vincent pitched a four-hitter for the Bonnies (8-21, 4-8 A-10), striking out eight and walking four. Sam Fuller singled home one of the two Bona runs.


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