Getting straight set victories in each of the singles matches, the Niagara women’s tennis team defeated Manhattan, 6-1, Sunday at the Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens to improve to 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

“We got off to a slow start, but we had a solid day of tennis,” coach Paul Calkins said.

Hilary Hansen, Alyssa Lucas, Raquel Solis, Vanja Lakic, Emma Cunnington and Brittany Walters won singles matches. Cunnington and Walters both won 6-0, 6-0.


NU swept at Richmond

The Purple Eagles lost both games of a doubleheader Sunday, falling to 0-3 on the season. Richmond scored 25 runs on 24 hits in the 16-9 and 9-2 victories.

Niagara took an early lead in both of games. Matt Luccesi hit a first-inning grand slam in the opener, and the Purple Eagles scored three more runs in the fourth to go up 7-4. But the Spiders scored 10 runs in the bottom of the inning to pull away.

Trevor Rutkowski hit his first career home run to put Niagara up 1-0 early in the second game. Matt Wietlispach, who also homered in Niagara’s 8-6 loss on Saturday, hit a double and scored from third to make it 2-0, before Richmond took over.

UB 12, Iona 9

Adam Skonieczki went 3-for-6 with three RBIs as the Bulls improved to 3-1 in the final game of DeMarini First Pitch Classic win Williamsburg, Va.

Pizzuto scored the winning run when Brad Augustin was walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

Reliever Zach Anderson got the final four outs without giving up a hit to earn the victory.


Boston College 20, Niagara 1

Freshman Caitlin Sacco had the lone goal as the Purple Eagles opened the season with loss amidst the snow at Niagara Field.


UB pair wins MAC championships

Connor Vander Zalm set a new UB record with his winning time (15:39.75) in the 1,650 freestyle Saturday night at the Mid-American Conference championships in Nashville, Tenn.

Zach Ruske won a MAC title in the 200 backstroke, breaking his own school record with a time of 1:47.08.

UB finished sixth in the team competition, won by Eastern Michigan. This is the Bulls best showing at the MAC championships since 1998.

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