Canisius (10-8) broke open a close game with eight unanswered goals over a span of 22 minutes, 9 seconds and routed Niagara (8-10), 17-7, Saturday night at the Demske Complex to win a first-round game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs.
Jen Reininger scored two of her six goals during the run which extended the Griffs' lead to 11-2. Another five-goal run in the second half sealed the issue and sent the defending champion Griffs on to a semifinal game at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Marist after Fairfield faces Iona in the other semifinal at 3 p.m.
Reininger has 52 goals for the season. Allie Stewart (Lancaster) scored four goals for Canisius while Bryar Cummings and Marisa Malvaso had two.
Niagara's Rachel MacCheyne scored twice, giving her 56 goals for the season.
UB women netters advance, men lose
The University at Buffalo women’s team moved on to a title showdown today while the men’s bid was cut short in Mid-American Conference tennis championships on Saturday.
Jannik Ortiz of Western Michigan won the second singles match over UB’s Villhelm Fridell to clinch the men’s match, 4-2 for the Broncos and give them the championship at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.
UB gained the doubles point when the teams of Vidit Vaghela/Petr Vodak and Ethan Nittolo/Matthew Johnson triumphed, but the Bulls took only one of the four of the five singles that were played to a conclusion.
In winning their 13th match in a row, the best women’s team in UB tennis history swept the four singles matches that were completed in a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green in the MAC semifinals Saturday in Muncie, Ind.
UB will face Miami (Ohio) in the title match Sunday. It will be the second year in a row the two have reached the championship match.
Tanja Sojanovska, Lolade Ogungbesan, Emel Abibula and Arianna Paules Aldrey won singles for UB after Bowling Green had taken the double point winning two matches after the UB team of Chantal Martinez Blanco and Ogungbesan had won, 6-2.