Women's soccer team fights hard in Manhattan
Niagara University will return to the HSBC Arena, as the Purple Eagles get set to take on conference rival Iona. The game, which is part of a doubleheader, will be on Jan. 2, 2010. Canisius and Fairfield will be the other match that day. Other notable games: Niagara will head to Canisius Jan. 29, 2010.
On top of the extended season schedule, it was announced that NU will take part in ESPN's "24 Hours of Basketball Tip-off Marathon." The event, will take place on Nov 17, and will feature teams from 20 conferences around the nation - including a match between Niagara and Drexel.
The extended season schedule, including all MAAC games, was announced at the end of September and is full of great matches. Among them are, Jan. 29, 2010 home match against Siena, and a pair of Canisius games. The first of which is at the Gallagher Center on Feb. 3, 2010.
The Purple Eagles have lost four of their past four games, and in two of those matches they failed to score a single goal. A tough 0-4 loss at Binghamton on Sept. 27 was followed by a 0-3 bashing at the hands of an elite UB squad.
Oct. 4 marked the club's fourth straight loss, a 3-1 final to St. Bonaventure.
An overtime win at Manhattan and a loss to St. Peter's greeted the Purple Eagles in their previous two matches, in what appears to be a rocky 2009 season. Niagara's Courtney Davies was the club's savior in the Manhattan match, as she netted the game-winner in OT. Net-minder Ashleigh Bowers earned her third shutout of the season with the 1-0 victory.
The St. Peter's game, was a hard fought battle by both teams, and resulted in no goals for Niagara and another tally in the loss column. The team currently sits at 6-6-1 overall, 2-2-0 in the MAAC.
The Purple Eagles have been given a spot on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Preseason Poll, sitting within the top 27 teams in the country.
In other NU hockey news, Purple Eagle alums Ted Cook and Travis Anderson signed deals in the ECHL: Cook with the Johnstown Chiefs and Anderson with the Stockton Thunder.
The Oct. 3 women's volleyball match against Siena was set to go in Siena's favor before the start. One of the top teams in the MAAC, Siena is the defending MAAC Champion. Niagara (11-6 overall, 3-2 MAAC), beat the Saints 3-1, behind freshmen Kari Honomichl and Amanda Wilken. The pair combined for 34 kills and five blocks in the victory. Sophomore Michelle James had 50 assists in the victory, while Hannah Hedrick had a double-double (17 kills, 15 digs), her 13th of the season.
Niagara took on another conference rival, Marist, on Oct. 4, winning in straight sets, 3-0. Team captain Shannon Ryan said, "It was a good win. We really played together, which is something that we've been trying to do all season."