Cani­sius men edge Cor­nell on the road

Bona, Buf­falo State also post wins

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Evan Walsh scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to give Cani­sius (5-1) a 2-1 men’s soc­cer vic­tory over Cor­nell in Ithaca. The Big Red scored first on Tommy Hansen’s goal in the fourth minute. Troy Brady (Grand Is­land) lev­eled things in the 21st minute for Cani­sius.

Cani­sius goal­keeper Marco Triv­el­lato had three saves in the vic­tory. Cani­sius will play at Rut­gers on Tues­day.

St. Bon­aven­ture (3-2-1) lost to Hartwick, 3-1, in a non­con­fer­ence match in Oneonta. Kosi Nwafornso scored for the Bon­nies to tie the game in the 63rd minute. Hartwick is 2-3-0.

Buf­falo State (5-1) is off to its best start since 2011 (5-0-1) with Satur­day’s 2-1 vic­tory over Medaille at D’You­ville Col­lege’s Dob­son Field.

The Ben­gals ral­lied for sec­ond half goals by Luke Pavone and Robert Wil­liamson to win it. Pavone scored off a cross from Wil­liamson. A deep cross from Danny Clavin set up Wil­liamson’s win­ning goal in the 68th minute. Medaille scored on a first-half goal by Mitchell Ali with an as­sist from Lach­lan Wilkin­son.

An­drew Queen made four saves in goal for Buf­falo State.

WOMEN’S SOC­CER: Ni­a­gara (4-3-1) opened its Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence sched­ule with a 2-0 loss to Mon­mouth on Ni­a­gara Field. NU goal­keeper Sab­rina Lo­cas had six saves in the loss.

“I thought we were very timid in the first half and lacked the con­fi­dence that we needed to be suc­cess­ful,” said Ni­a­gara coach Peter Vel­tri. “In the sec­ond half, we played much bet­ter and had a 30-minute stretch that we dom­i­nated the play and played the way we nor­mally do. We need to put this game be­hind us and fo­cus on Wed­nes­day’s con­fer­ence game.”

WOMEN’S VOL­LEY­BALL: The Univer­sity at Buf­falo team had to go to five sets for the fifth time in 10 matches this sea­son to de­feat Ap­palachian State, 23-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-7 on Satur­day morn­ing in the Col­lege of Charleston (S.C.) Tour­na­ment.

Sopho­more set­ter Scout McLer­ran recorded a ca­reer high 65 as­sists in the win, sur­pass­ing the 64 that she recorded twice last year. Polina Proku­d­ina led the way with 26 kills on a ca­reer-high 60 to­tal at­tacks. She recorded a dou­ble-dou­ble with 17 digs. An­drew Mitro­vic added 14 kills and just four er­rors on 41 swings, but she also led the Bulls de­fen­sively with a ca­reer-best 24 digs. Rachel Sanks added 11 kills, while Megan Wer­nette had 10 kills, three aces, and six digs.

Later, host Col­lege of Charleston swept the Bulls, 25-15, 25-16, 26-24. Proku­d­ina had 15 kills and McLer­ran 32 as­sists for UB.

Ni­a­gara (5-5) opened its MAAC Con­fer­ence sched­ule with a three-set win (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) over Saint Peter’s (0-10) in Jer­sey City, N.J. Ni­cole Matheis had a dou­ble-dou­ble for Ni­a­gara (10 kills, 13 digs). Rylee Hunt had 20 digs.

Buf­falo State was swept by St. Lawrence (25-16, 28-26, 25-20) and Case West­ern (25-17, 25-13, 18-25, 25-28) as it wrapped up its Ben­gal Clas­sic in Hous­ton Gym. Case West­ern (3-0) won the Clas­sic. Al­lie Har­ford (Sil­ver Creek) of the Ben­gals made the All-Tour­na­ment team.

Dae­men (3-7) broke its sev­en­match los­ing streak by de­feat­ing Adel­phi (21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 2125, 15-7) and Saint Rose (26-24, 25-23, 25-17) in Al­bany. Sopho­more Meghan Bal­lou (Eden) led Dae­men against Adel­phi with 15 kills and 10 digs. Fresh­men Jenn Heritz posted 11 kills for a .556 at­tack per­cent­age. Vet­eran set­ter Katie McKrell dished out 44 as­sists and three ser­vice aces. Bal­lou had 17 kills against Saint Rose leav­ing her three shy of 300 for her ca­reer.

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