Canisius finished its golf season on a strong note at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in Buena Vista, Fla., by shooting the best team round of the tournament on Sunday.
The Griffs best four scores on the final day totaled 292 that moved them from eighth place to fifth in the final standings with a 910 score.
David Hanes (73-225), Matt Genaway (75-227), Jaret Chipman (72-230) John Dantonio (72-233) carried Canisius to their 4-over-par round for the day on the par-72 layout. Mark Lesinski the fifth Canisius golf shot 78 for a 235 total.
Iona won the championship with an 895 total despite a final round 306. Niagara was last ninth and last with 32-953.
Canisius 1-2, Manhattan 0-0: Erika Mackie pitched a three hitter with six strikeouts in the first game and a five hitter in the second in shutting out the Jaspers twice in Riverdale. They were her 37th and 38th victories at Canisius. Brittany Sockwell homered in each game, and Morgan Altman homered in the night cap to account for all the Griffs' runs.
Canisius was in seventh place in the MAAC standings when the day started but is now in fourth at 5-3 with lots of games and a favorable schedule left to close in on the teams ahead of the Griffs in the standings -- Monmouth (11-1), Iona (9-5) and Fairfield (9-5). After Wednesday's doubleheader at Niagara, the rest of the Canisius conference games are home.
Niagara 3-8, Saint Peter's 2-0: Jennifer Timm doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning of the first game for Niagara (12-27, 4-6 MAAC) and Jennifer Szilagyi pitched a four-hit shutout in the second game against the Peacocks (5-33, 0-12 MAAC)
Massachusetts 5, St. Bonaventure 2: Hailey Blencowe drove in both Bona runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh against the first-place Minutewomen, who are 14-0 in Atlantic 10 play. Fordham (15-1) is second. Bona (1-15) occupies last place.
Canisius 8, Quinnipiac 5: After losing a doubleheader to the Bobcats on Saturday, Canisius ground out a win in Sunday's series finale to improve to 21-14 overall and 10-5 in MAAC play. It was only the second loss in 12 MAAC games for Quinnipiac.
A three-run triple by Ryan Stekl, one of his three hits in the game, highlighted a five-run first inning for the Golden Griffins. Canisius needed five pitchers to get out of the sixth inning after giving up three runs.
Monmouth 8, Niagara 7: The visitors overcame a deficits of 3-0 amnd 7-5 to defeat the Purple Eagles on Bobo Field in Lewiston. Julian Gallop hit a solo home run and had two other hits for Niagara.
Dayton 12, St. Bonaventure 0: Aaron Ernst of the host Flyers shut out the Bonnies on six hits.
UB 5, Ball State 2: The University at Buffalo (5-2 MAC) secured the No. 2 seed for the Mid-American Conference Tournament which it will host starting with the semifinals on Friday at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.
Hao Shen Koay, Ethan Nittolo, Petr Vodak and Nickolas Frisk won singles matches and the teams of Vidit Vaghela/Vodak and Koay/Villhelm Fridell won the doubles point for UB.
No. 1 seed, Western Michigan will face No. 4 Ball State at 10 a.m. and UB will take on No. 3 Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Davidson 14, St. Bonaventure 2: The visiting Wildcats (8-7, 3-4 A-10) scored the first four goals of the games and controlled the draws, 16-3, in dominating the Bonnies (0-15, 0-7 A-10).##