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Canisius coaching search update

---Canisius College placed as 4-6 week window to hire Tom Parrotta’s replacement and the process appears to be on schedule.

Canisius AD Bill Maher, with the help of Bill Carr Associates, is narrowing his list of candidates, which includes former St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron, according to multiple sources. The list also includes Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans and Bob Walsh, the former San Diego and Iona assistant now at Division III Rhode Island College, according to sources. All have head coaching experience which Maher desires.

Baron, who coached at St. Bonaventure from 1992-01, had four consecutive 20-win seasons at Rhode Island before last season’s 7-24 finish and was fired a year after he agreed to a contract extension through the 2013-14 season. He has a career record of 390-367 (.515).

After leading Norfolk State to its first MEAC championship, Evans led the school to an upset win over Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A native of Brooklyn, Norfolk State has seven New York natives on its roster.

Walsh just completed his seventh season at RIC where he’s made seven consecutive trips to the postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

---Rodney McKissic


Audio from Tallahassee: Moritz' postgame after Bona defeats Marist

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The News' Amy Moritz recaps Bona's 66-63 win over Marist in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bonnies will face top-seeded Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 round on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

You can also download this audio by clicking here.

Game analysis: St. Bonaventure vs. Marist


How St. Bonaventure won: The Bonnies won the rebounding battle, 40-26, and had 15 offensive rebounds -- key to keeping possessions alive, particulary late in the game when Bona got tight and missed some easy shots. CeCe Dixon hit two free throws with 23 seconds left and solid Bona defense iced the game.

Player of the Game: Jessica Jenkins. She struggled at times in the second half, but her 16 points in the first half and went 4 for 7 from three point range. That set the tone. When Jenkins is on, the rest of the team relaxes.

Player of the Game II: Doris Ortega. The sophomore had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She was strong in the paint and a smart player.

Stat Check: Bona won the reboudnding battle, 40-26.

Stat Check II: Bona did not have a turnover in the last 11 minutes of the game.

Play of the Game: Chelsea Bowker's three-pointer to give Bona a 52-49 lead with 9:38 left. That was a huge lift for a stalled offense.

Play of the Game II: CeCe Dixon iced a one-and-one with 23 seconds left to give Bona three-point lead.

She said it: “We really feed off his energy. I’ve never seen him get a technical since I’ve been here. We knew he was trying to get us going a bit. That worked.” -- Jenkins on her thoughts on the technical called on Jim Crowley.

In the House: 713 at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee.

What It Means: St. Bonaventure is in the Sweet 16 in its first trip to the NCAA Tournaemnt. 

What's Next: No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

---Amy Moritz



Live blog: Bona vs. Marist

Big 4 Hoops Chat

Niagara drops women's hockey

The women's hockey era at Niagara appears to be over.

The university issued a press release today, saying that they have restructured the atheltics department.

"The restructuring includes the addition of women's track and field as a varsity program and the immediate contraction of the women's ice hockey program," the release said. "In addition, money will be invested into the women's lacrosse program to meet the standards outlined by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference."

Here's the background:

In December, the MAAC had its meeting of the Council of Presidents where they approved a five-year strategic plan. That plan included an emphasis on lacrosse.

"Another major component of the strategic plan is to elevate men's and women's lacrosse to core sports beginning in 2014-15. At that time, the league's members will begin a multi-year plan to increase funding for lacrosse, which will include an increase in full-time coaching positions and scholarships."

Niagara has women's lacrosse, but not men's lacrosse. It appears the restructuring was at least in part to address the needs of upgrading its women's lacrosse program to comply with upcoming MAAC standards. The Purple Eagles finished 2-11-1 overall, 1-5-0 in the MAAC. They are 1-4 to start this season.

The women's hockey team had fallen on hard competitive times (they went 10-16-8 overall, 3-6-3 in College Hockey America this season) they did go to the Frozen Four in 2002 and already have the infrastructure. Hockey, however, is one of the more expensive sports to maintain.

That leaves Division III Buffalo State as the only collegiate varsity program in Western New York.

Niagara will begin competing in track and field in the 2013-14 season. There are six other schools in the MAAC which have track and field -- Saint Peter's, Manhattan, Iona, Rider, Loyola and Marist. In Western New York, all local schools have a cross country program, but only the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State have track and field programs.

--- Amy Moritz


Audio from Tallahassee: Moritz previews Bona-Marist matchup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The News' Amy Moritz previews the NCAA Tournament second-round matchup between St. Bonaventure and Marist. The game tips off at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Moritz will also be live blogging during the game and providing postgame audio analysis.

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Live chat: Bona women's basketball at the NCAA tournament

Audio from Tallahasse: Amy Moritz's postgame analysis

News Sports Reporter Amy Moritz recaps the stunning triumph by the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, which rallied from an 11-point deficit to win in overtime to become the first Big 4 women's program to win an NCAA Tournament game.


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Game Analysis: St. Bonaventure vs. Florida Gulf Coast


How St. Bonaventure won: This team likes a to play with their backs against the wall. And they dug themselves a pretty big hole, down 11 with 6:29 to play. But Bona did what Bona does -- defend hard and find multiple ways to score. In a 12-0 run late in the game which put the Bonnies back in contention, key offensive plays came from Armelia Horton, Chelsea Bowker, Megan Van Tatenhove and CeCe Dixon. Though they couldn't close it out in regulation, Bona had all the momentum in the overtime.

Player of the Game: Megan Van Tatenhove. She played perhaps the worst 15 minutes of her collegiate career in the start of the game, picking up three first-half fouls. But when the game was on the line, the senior stepped up and took control. She made plays, hit shots and got to the free throw line. She finished with a game-high 18.

Player of the Game II: Armelia Horton. Frankly, she could have had quite a few more than her 17 points since she missed a few layups, but Horton was fantastic at getting dribble penetration on the baseline for open looks. She added nine rebounds, several which were big. 

Stat Check: Florida Gulf Coast shot just 7 of 26, or 26.9 percent, from three-point range.

Stat Check II: Jessica Jenkins struggled to even touch the ball let alone get off shots. She was just 2 of 9 from the field and 1 of 5 from three-point range.

Play of the Game: Chelsea Bowker hit a three-ponter with 4:34 left to cut the game to a 5-point deficit, 54-49. 

Play of the Game II: At the beginning of overtime, Doris Ortega missed a 15-foot jumper. While her teammates got back on defense, she followed her shot, wrestled the ball away from Sarah Hansen and was fouled in the process. She sunk two free throws to set the OT tone for Bona.

He said it: “With this group anything's possible. We've won 30 game in a lot of different ways. When it was late and we felt we had it in control, I felt great for our kids and the people who made the trip down here. We know Bonnie Nation was watching everywhere and for them to be part of this and to keep this thing going with their support is something. We're certainly aware and of that and appreciate it." -- Jim Crowley

In the House: 1,227 at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee.

What It Means: It is the first NCAA women's tournament win in the Division I era for a Big 4 team. It's also the first NCAA tournmaent win for the Bona basketball program since the men beat Villanova in 1970.

What's Next: Marist in the second round on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Regional coverge on ESPN2. All the time coverage on

---Amy Moritz


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges 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 several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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