Keeping up with sports at NU
The Purple Eagles, who currently sit at 2-3-1 overall, are off to a less than pleasing start for the 2009 season. While dominating in back to back games, the club has been shut out twice and seems to be relying heavily on the play of senior goalkeeper John Fiutowski.
The matches they won were impressive, including a 1-0 blanking of William and Mary at the Old Dominion Tourney held in Virginia. Their second win was an imposing 5-1 rout of Robert Morris; four Niagara players scored, including Carl Haworth and Desmond Betteto, who tallied two goals on the night.
Match to Watch: Oct. 30 marks the Siena/Niagara match. It will no doubt be a classic. Niagara has not defeated Siena since 2006, but this year the Purple Eagles have homefi eld advantage.
Despite losing three of their last six games, (along with a 0- 0 tie to Syracuse), Niagara has allowed only fi ve goals against elite opponents. Junior netminder, Ashleigh Bowers, has turned away 48-of-57 shots this season, claiming an .842 save percentage, in the early part of Niagara's (4-4-1 overall) 2009 campaign.
With four goals and an assist on the season, freshman Jamie Raepple continues to lead the Purple Eagles in scoring. Other players have made their marks offensively, including Chiara Greco (2 goals+2 assists), who opened the scoring in Niagara's 2-1 win over Temple. Senior Michelle Emery had the winning score in the match.
Match to Watch: Niagara will hit the road to face Canisius on Oct. 11 - the Golden Griffi ns are currently 6-0-1 on the season. It should prove to be an exciting game.
Niagara competed at the Mulekicker Fall Classic, hosted by Army at West Point in NY. Team co-captain Jason Polka shot a 76 on the first day of the tourney, while fellow co-captain Joe Tonnos shot a 79. Trevor Kenney and Jeremy Christie also shot 79 that day.
The Purple Eagles would fi nish 8-of-12 at the tourney, but the highlight was the fi nal shot on the second day by Tonnos. The senior sunk a 194-yard hole-in-one, the fi rst of his career.
Upon the clubs return, they would join up at the Leo Keenan Invitational, hosted by St. Bonaventure on Sept. 20 - 21. The club placed 8-of-13, with co-captain Jason Polka fi nishing in the top 10. Polka, who shot a 145, tied for seventh place.
The final match of the fall season will be held Oct. 12-13 at Robert Morris.
Starting its inaugural season off with a challenge, the NU women's golf team faced off against Siena at the Jamesville Tournament. Siena, who are the defending MAAC Champions, defeated the Purple Eagles 342-394. Freshman Brittany Siechen, who shot an 85, placed second in the tournament, while junior Ona Peck carded a 92.