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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.


The same words are repeated, over and over. Talk to the three hockey linemates separately, away from coaches and teammates, and they still harp on the same two themes -- hard work and leadership.They credit the veterans for bringing them into the fold and attribute their success to nothing more than hard work.But there's something special about the Canisius freshmen line. …

Their style is fast and sloppy without much defense.But hey, it works.The Canisius women's basketball team won its fourth straight game Tuesday, a 100-89 marathon over Bucknell (3-5) in nonconference action in the Koessler Center.It was the first time the Griffs have hit the 100-point mark since scoring 104 in a win over Niagara on Feb. 12, 1997.Canisius (5-4) overcame poo…

Would the offense please report to the bench?Though the University at Buffalo women's basketball team gutted out two wins with good defense, the Bulls' lack of offense has been costly.The latest deficiency cost them Saturday with a 64-45 loss to Boston College (4-2) in front of 1,221 in Alumni Arena.Coach Cheryl Dozier would like to look at this game as a learning opportun…

By the way, did you realize St. Bonaventure has a women's basketball team?It's a fact easily forgotten the last few years, what with the success and postseason appearances of the men's team, combined with the absolute futility of the women's program.In the last two seasons, the Bona women have opened the season 0-4 and have never, at any point in those two seasons, had a w…

When Jim Crowley decided to change St. Bonaventure's style of play this year, he harped on two things -- defense and passing.If you focus on something, Crowley says, it usually will work out, provided, of course, that everybody believes in it.The work and the faith are beginning to show in Olean, as the Bonnies won their second straight Big 4 game with a 56-43 decision ove…

When Sally Kus walked into the room to meet her new team, she was greeted by a swell of high-pitched screams of joy.Junior Emily Dills couldn't believe the legendary volleyball coach she knew from her Cheetah Club volleyball days was becoming her full-time coach at the University at Buffalo."I screamed and cried through the entire meeting," said Dills, who redshirted this …

For Jim Beichner, everything is a different shade of blue.Seven years ago, the University at Buffalo wrestling coach started to rebuild a weak, winless program into a respectable team with a bunch of blue-collar kids.Now, he's making the push for the Top 25 with blue-chip athletes.After sending a school-best four wrestlers to the NCAA championships last season, Beichner ha…

This is not your typical St. Bonaventure women's basketball team.They're tall, they're deliberate and they're patient. They have a handful of people who can hurt you on offense while getting up in your face on defense.And though it's still very sloppy at times, with a cast of characters dominated by freshmen and sophomores, it's starting to be effective.On Tuesday, the Bon…

Dennis Greene sounds like a broken record. But he can't help it. The man picked to be the first head coach for Erie Community College's foray into football just wanted to break even this year. Going 5-5 with a first-year program would have had him doing cartwheels into the Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lot.Instead, the Kats finished their inaugural year with a dominating wi…

Before their home opener Tuesday night, sophomores Jessica Kochendorfer and Virginia Jennings had a little heart-to-heart.With the University at Buffalo struggling in its first two losses at the Michigan State Spartan Classic, the Bulls needed to find some offense -- and some leadership.So the young but experienced tandem took matters in their own hands, keeping the Bulls …

Phil Hansen's career tells a backwards tale.As a second-round draft choice from North Dakota State in 1991, the defensive end found himself plumb in the middle of the Buffalo Bills' Super Bowl run. His first three years in the National Football League ended in three straight trips to the Super Bowl.Now, 11 years later, he's entrenched in a rebuilding movement. In an enviro…

The Big Picture: Win just seven games and lose three and a half starters and expectations are bound to be low. St. Bonaventure was picked to finish last in the Atlantic 10 East after losing its top two scorers -- Melissa Fazio and Gellaine Clark -- from last year's 7-21 squad. Also gone are Shannon O'Connell and Trish Raniewicz, both of whom shared starting time.That leave…

The Big Picture: Things can't get much worse than last season's 9-19 campaign. The Griffs' longest win streak was two games and they won just two of their last seven.Canisius could play the youth and injury cards last season. Banged-up with only one senior, the Griffs were in almost every game but they tended to self-destruct in the final minutes.The team returns nearly in…

Her speech is not forceful; her look not intimidating.Yet there are two undeniable absolutes about Shauna Geronzin -- she hates to lose and she wants to play.And she can be incredibly stubborn about both.The 6-foot forward from Clinton, Iowa, enters her senior season for the Canisius College women's basketball team as the designated go-to player, the conference all-star an…

When Lyndsay Wall walked into the room to face a small, but ominous looking cabal of reporters, two of her 20-something teammates asked the media to take care of their baby.Her eyes were a bit wide as she entered the scrum."Wow, there's a lot of you," the 16-year-old from Churchville, N.Y., said. "I wasn't expecting this."When it was Cammi Granato's turn to enter the fray,…