Niagara Gazette — “I think our coaching staff can accept that.”
Like Jackson Teichroeb the night before, Ignagni played well in stopping 27 shots but was not happy with losing.
“It is tough going out there and losing your first game,” he said. “Doing well and trying to keep your team in the games gives you a little confidence. But you have to win. Both me and Jackson were brought here to try to win.”
For now, the competition continues for Ignagni and Teichroeb, who have been battling since training camp.
“We both knew coming in this year that there is going to be a competition in every game and every practice, to see who is going to start,” Ignagni said. “I think it is a good thing. There is nothing wrong with that. Hopefully you are going to have two goalies that are going all of the time. Its good.”
Freshman goaltender Steve Perry made 30 saves for Clarkson. The Golden Knights were 1 for 3 on the power play while Niagara was blanked in five attempts.
Burkholder had no update on Niagara senior Ryan Murphy, who missed his second straight game because of what Niagara officials termed “personal reasons.” Murphy is listed as being out indefinitely.
Iona 3, Niagara 0
The Purple Eagles were defeated by the Gaels in straight sets Sunday, 25-20, 25-12 and 25-19.
Melissa McGwin and Amanda Sedore each shared team-high honors with seven kills, while Allison Reis led the team with 11 digs and Logan Rae had a team-high 18 assists in her second match as setter.
Niagara (1-17, 0-7 MAAC) was unable to match Saturday’s dramatic five-set match against Manhattan. The Purple Eagles played Iona (6-11, 4-3 MAAC) close in the first and third sets. In the first set, the match was tied at 14-14 when Iona went on a 4-0 spurt.
An attacking error by Iona brought Niagara to 21-19 but it would be the closet it would get. Iona comfortably won the second set, before pulling away in the third set. The set was tied at 13-13 when the Gaels used an 8-1 run to create distance.
Niagara is on the road next weekend for matches against Quinnipiac and Fairfield.