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UB floors it

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By Bob DiCesare

We showed you the first pictures of UB's ongoing floor resurfacing -- including the New York State image at center court -- last week. Now the athletic department has released a rendering of how things will look when the job is complete. As we first reported in early April, AD Danny White plans to emphasize the "New York State" aspect of the university in an effort to grow public awareness and alumni affinity.

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Niagara women lose three players

By Rodney McKissic

The Niagara University women’s basketball team will enter next season minus three major contributors.

Starters Lauren Gatto and Kayla Stroman reserve Shy Britton will not return to the team, Niagara athletic department spokesman Derick Thornton confirmed on Tuesday.

Gatto and Stroman both received their degrees this month while Britton was dismissed from the team for a violation of the school’s student athlete’s code of conduct.

The 6-foot-2 Gatto will be difficult to replace. The Illinois-Chicago transfer led the team in scoring (14.0), rebounding (6.2) and field-goal percentage (49.0 percent). She graduated with a master’s degree in business management and had a year of eligibility remaining.

Stroman, who also earned a business management degree, was a fixture at point guard in her three-plus seasons at Niagara. She started all 31 games as a freshman before her sophomore season was cut short by a knee injury. Stroman, who had one season of eligibility remaining, started the next 63 games of her career, including 31 last season when she averaged 6.6 points and a team-high 4.0 assists.

Britton saw action in 30 games last season and started five while averaging 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.  

Canisius baseball wins first MAAC title, earns NCAA bid & will face No. 1 North Carolina

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MONDAY UPDATE: Canisius is heading to North Carolina, where it will face the No. 1 overall seed Tar Heels.

By Keith McShea

The Canisius College baseball team achieved program firsts Sunday afternoon when it won the program's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship to also earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

They did it in walk-off style, but it sure was not your typical game-winning situation.

Junior Jose Torralba was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Canisius a 12-11 victory over Siena before 517 at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton, N.J.

"Getting hit with that pitch," Torralba said, "never felt better." 

By winning the MAAC championship, Canisius earns a trip to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. See here for the conference-by-conference list of automatic bids.

Canisius will learn which of 16 NCAA regional sites it will head to at noon Monday, when the NCAA baseball selection show is aired on ESPNU. In the 64-team tournament, four teams are placed at each regional, and double-elimination tournament determines which teams advance to the Super Regional round.

"This is truly a very resilient group," said ninth-year Canisius coach McRae. "They’ve been through their ups and downs all season. With this group of guys and the way our season's gone, there couldn’t have been a better ending.

"It's overwhelming. It's a ton of emotions rolled into one. To think ... of how bad the program was when we inheritied it to take it where it is today, I couldn't be happier for everybody: from the first recruiting class to the guys who are here right now. It's an awesome experience for everybody." 

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Canisius High grad White earns MOP in Division II lax title game

By Keith McShea

Canisius High school graduate Jeff White was named the Most Outstanding Player of Sunday's NCAA Division II championship game has he had 13 saves to help Le Moyne to a 11-10 victory over Mercyhurst. 

The Dolphins, ranked third in the nation, won their last 10 games of the season to claim the program's fourth national title, the last over top-ranked Mercyhurst University at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.

White played every game for Le Moyne, with his 18-2 record matching the team's.

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Amherst grad, Baylor sophomore Ashley Fields earns trip to NCAA track championships

By Keith McShea

Amherst grad Ashley Fields, a sophomore on the Baylor track and field team, will compete in the NCAA Championships in two events after qualifying during Saturday's final day of the NCAA West preliminary meet at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium. 

Fields earned a trip in the 200 meters and as part of the Bears' 4x400 relay team.

Fields scored a personal-best time of 23.27 in taking second in her heat of the 200. She was in a close race with six runners as she turned down the homestretch, but used a strong final kick to finish second. Overall, her time was fourth-best on the day.

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UB or not UB, Part II

By BOB DICESARE

Think of Penn State University and you probably think of the system’s flagship school in State College, Pa., not Penn State-Behrend or Penn State-Altoona.

Think of Ohio State University and surely the location that comes to mind is Columbus, not the satellites in Lima, Mansfield or Newark.

But when people outside of Buffalo think of the State University of New York, who knows what they’re thinking? Are we talking Binghamton? Albany? Stony Brook? Or any of the other schools that comprise the SUNY system?

The absence of a a clear-cut flagship entity and the opportunity to lay claim to being "The" State University of New York has been the motivation behind a movement within the University at Buffalo athletic department first reported on The Buffalo News “Campus Watch” blog in early April.

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Iroquois grad Wagner a Division II lacrosse All-American

By Keith McShea

Andrew Wagner, an Iroquois High grad and junior defenseman at Mercyhurst, was named a Divsion II All-American for the second straight season. The team was announced Monday by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

The 6-3 Wagner was the Lakers' top defenseman, recording 25 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers while defending the opposition's top attackman each week. 

Last season Wagner received the William C. Schmeisser Award as Division II's Most Outstanding Defender.

Wagner and Mercyhurst will play in Sunday's Division II championship game against Le Moyne at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia's Franklin Field.

Wagner is one of many Western New York natives on the rosters of the teams participating in the national championship games this weekend in Philadelphia.

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Canisius lands Stetson transfer

By Rodney McKissic

Canisius gained some much needed help in their backcourt with the addition of former Stetson guard Chris Perez.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Perez, who also played one season at Liberty, has already graduated from Stetson and will be eligible to play immediately. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

Perez is expected to fill the void created by the graduation of Isaac Sosa, the Golden Griffins' third-leading scorer behind Billy Baron and Harold Washington at 11.6 points a game.

Canisius not only loses both Sosa and Washington but reserve guards Alshwan Hymes and Reggie Groves, who had one season of eligibility remaining but has graduated and will not return to the team.

Also not returning are a pair of freshmen: Guard Jermaine Johnson, who will transfer to a junior college, and forward Tyrel Edwards who is seeking to attend an NAIA school.

In 31 games including 30 starts, Perez was Stetson's second-leading scorer at 15.1 points. He shot 48.6 percent from the floor overall and 31.1 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and led the team in steals with 35.

Buff State hires Candice Moxley

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Buffalo State today announced the hiring of Candice Moxley as its women's hockey coach. Moxley was a former standout for the Niagara program, playing from 2001-05 and was a member of the Purple Eagles Frozen Four team her freshman year. At Niagara, she played in 135 games scoring 34 goals with 78 points. 

Most recently, Moxley spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Ohio State under Nate Handrahan, a former player and coach at Niagara.

Her coaching experience includes serving one season as head coach at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario and two years as an assistant at Robert Morris where she also worked with Handrahan.

Moxley takes over a Buffalo State program which went just 6-18-1 this season as a member of ECAC D-III West. The Bengals have not had a winning season since 2000-01 when the team went 11-4-1 as a Division III independent.

Since Niagara eliminated its women's hockey program, Buffalo State is the only Western New York college to sponsor a varsity women's hockey program.

 

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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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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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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.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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