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Two Niagara hockey players who starred in last weekend’s shutout sweep of Connecticut were honored Monday by the Atlantic Hockey Association.Senior forward Giancarlo Iuorio earned AHA Player of the Week honors after he scored five goals in the two-game series, including a hat trick in a 3-0 win over UConn last Friday night. Iuorio had two goals in the Purple Eagles’ 5-0 wi…

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The Buffalo State volleyball team played for a conference championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in its history Sunday afternoon.But the magical ride ended for the Bengals, who made too many unforced errors against 17th-ranked Cortland, which earned a 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 victory in the State University of New York Athletic Confere…

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As soon as the ball left his foot Patrick Clarke turned his back and fled. He fled in the direction of the scoreboard showing no time left on the clock. Toward the scoreboard that was updating UB’s point total with finality. He kept running and running because closing in were a couple tons worth of teammates eager to bury him beneath the victory pile.A 47-yard field goal f…

Senior Giancarlo Iuorio continued his scoring streak with two goals as Niagara defeated Connecticut 5-0, Saturday night at Dwyer Arena, completing a weekend shutout sweep of the Huskies in Atlantic Hockey Association play.Ryan Murphy had a three-point night with a goal and two assists, while Jeff Hannan added two assists and freshman Matt Chartrain contributed a goal and a…

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One wonders how today’s game at UB Stadium might be perceived had there been a swap of conference schedules. What if the University at Buffalo caught Akron and Massachusetts early on and faced Ohio University at home? What if Miami (Ohio’s) first four games had been against the top two teams in each division? Might the Bulls and the RedHawks be meeting on different terms t…

1. In a Rush. Still trying to make sense of the play calling down the stretch of last week’s loss to Toledo. Branden Oliver’s gouging the Rockets on the ground. The best-case scenario is a clock-devouring drive to the go-ahead touchdown. So how does it go from there: three throws, one completion, minus-3 yards. It was a baffling sequence from a team that wants to build its…

Niagara University senior Giancarlo Iuorio stunned Connecticut with three goals to propel the Purple Eagles men’s hockey team to a 3-0 victory Friday night at Dwyer Arena.Iuorio scored a goal in the opening minute of play and added another two quick goals in the second to give the Purple Eagles (3-2-2, 2-0-0 AHA) its second win in two games over AHA foes. It was Iuorio’s f…

Coach Jeff Quinn announced on his weekly radio show Thursday that Joe Licata will replace ailing Alex Zordich as UB’s starting quarterback Saturday against Miami.Zordich came out of the last game, against Toledo, late in the third quarter with an unspecified injury. It’s believed to involve his ribs.“He was hurt,” Quinn said. “We just feel he needs to relax a little bit. W…

The Medaille men’s soccer team advanced to the title game of the Allgheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with a 4-0 blanking of La Roche. Pablo Ordonez scored a goal with two assists for the Mavericks in their semifinal win. Medaille (16-2) advances to Saturday’s finals and will play the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between Penn-State Altoona and top-seeded Penn Sta…

Niagara junior Carsen Chubak earned Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week honors for the second time this season.Chubak made 67 saves on 68 shots Friday and Saturday in helping Niagara beat Clarkson, 2-0, and rally from an early three-goal deficit to earn a 4-4 tie with the Golden Knights. He made 23 saves in relief of Cody Campbell on Saturday, a day after making…

Through the first half of the season UB appeared a few if-onlys from a breakthrough. If only the defense could force some turnovers then things would be different. If only the special teams could contribute then victory would be at hand. If only the offense was healthy.Apparently there’s more to it than that. A defense maligned for its lack of takeaways produced two Saturd…

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David Fluellen emerged from the locker room Saturday still wearing full armor along with two rubber bracelets. One over his left wrist confirmed he made a sound decision to play college football at Toledo. Another over his right wrist was a shout out to the Bills, his way of taking Buffalo with him.Fluellen knew he was home when he stepped off the bus and walking into UB S…

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Admittedly, it was a gamble. The Toledo women’s team entered the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships as the well-established team to beat. But the Rockets have their sights set on bigger goals on the NCAA stage. Ranked 20th in the country, Toledo decided to structure its training to peak for NCAA regionals, not the conference meet.It was a bold move and it …

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He had it in his head all along that he’d attend the University at Buffalo. He’d play his college football down the road from where he burned up the grass for Lockport. Follow in the footsteps of another area high school star, James Starks, who excelled at running back for the Bulls. The groundwork had been laid. Regular conversations took place between David Fluellen and …

Niagara’s Kayla Stroman and the University at Buffalo’s Javon McCrea took home preseason player of the year honors Thursday as the inaugural All-Big Four Basketball Teams were announced at media day. The teams were selected by members of the media and the athletic communications departments of Canisius, Niagara, St. Bonaventure and the University at Buffalo. Stroman, a red…