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Griffs poised to defend their MAAC title

by Amy Moritz

The longest winning streak in the nation just kept roling on Friday as the Canisius Golden Griffins defeated Fairfield, 6-2, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.

It was the Griffs 18th straight win -- the longest streak in the country -- and their 40th overall. That's the second straight season, and third since 2008, that the Griffs have registered 40 wins.

The offense worked incrementally but again forcefully. Senior Jimmy Luppens reached base in all five plate appearances getting base twice via hit, twice via walk and once via hit by pitch. Sophomore Anthony Massicci was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Junior Connor Panas reached base three times while senior Ronnie Bernick was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Alex Godzak won his sixth straight start, giving up two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings.

Iannick Remillard shut the door over the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season.

Canisius will play in the championship round Saturday. The schedule will be based on the results of the next two games of the tournament. The Griffs will defend their MAAC title against one of three remaining teams -- Siena, Monmouth or Fairfield.


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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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