Purple Eagles Athletics Updates
The Niagara Purple Eagles men's hockey team had its first game as a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association on Saturday Oct. 9. The players played against the Merrimack Warriors at Dwyer Arena for their home opener.
Purple Eagle Ryan Annesley began the game by scoring the first go at 2:13 in the first quarter. Soon after the impressive goal, Stephane DaCosta of the Warriors scored Merrimack's first goal. David Ross scored Niagara's second goal and Paul Zanette scored the third goal off the penalty kill. The Warriors scored their three goals consecutively to end the second period. Niagara's fourth and final goal came quite unexpectedly when the puck bounced off a Merrimack player's skate and landed in the tream's own net. This ended the game with a 4-4 tie.
Coach Burkholder stated before the game that Niagara should hold their own because sophomore Stephane Dacosta is one of the best players in the nation. Niagara accomplished this by only allowing him to score one goal.
The Purple Eagles next game is on Oct. 15 versus UMass-Lowell.
The Men's soccer team took on the Fairfield Stags last Sunday Oct. 10 at Niagara, but they lost 0-1. The Purple Eagles had many chances to score, but they were unsuccessful. Levi Tesch, Liam Gilbert, and Desmonde Betteto are a few players who contributed to outshooting Fairfield in the duration of the game. This isn't a surprise because the Niagara men's soccer team is ranked 29th in the country for shooting records.
Coach McGrane said some of Niagara's players are suffering from injuries. He predicts that once these team members are restored back to health, the Niagara Purple Eagles will have a chance at wining the MAAC.
This week the Purple Eagles have two away games. One is at St. Peters on Oct. 15 and the other is against Manhattan on Oct. 17..
The Niagara women's hockey team took on the Minnesota Mavericks on Saturday Oct. 9. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but Niagara won the game by scoring the most penalty shots.
We need to be disciplined in our systems and work hard as a team. We don't know very much about MSU-Mankato so we are going to concentrate on ourselves. Working hard and playing together are the first steps toward a strong collective effort, said NU Coach Chris MacKenzie. The defense held strong and worked together to prevent the Mavericks from scoring a single goal.
Niagara's next game is on Oct. 15 against the Maine Black Bears at Dwyer Arena.
(From Purpleeagles.com) The Niagara women's golf team finished in sixth place with a team score of 777 at the 2010 Holiday Inn Colonial Classic after the final round on Tuesday afternoon at the par-73 Club at Shadow Lakes.
Brittany Siechen was Niagara's top finisher with a 90 on day two for a combined score of 179, good for an 18th place tie. Ona Peck (tied for 22nd place “ 186), Ali Ince (30th place “ 203), Kelly Muszak (31st place “ 209) and Katie Hamilton (32nd place “ 229) rounded out scoring for the Purple Eagles in the 32 golfer field.
Youngstown State (658) took the team title, with Robert Morris (685), Mount St. Mary's (695), St. Francis (Pa.) (696) and Toronto (749) rounding out scoring.
The Purple Eagles conclude the 2010 portion of their schedule when they travel to take part in the Hofstra Invitational, starting on Oct. 25.