Men's basketball to honor Calvin Murphy
On top of being the home-opener, Niagara's Nov. 17 game at the Gallagher Center will honor the squad's historic 1969-70 men's basketball team, the fi rst group to reach the NCAA Tournament. NBA Hall of Famer and former Purple Eagle Calvin Murphy will be on hand, as will other members of the classic Niagara team. A postgame autograph session and a 12:30 p.m. luncheon at The Como are planned for the event.
A 4-4 tie greeted the Purple Eagles as they opened the 2009-10 season at home against Colgate. The Oct. 9 game featured big hits and even bigger goals from NU vets and newcomers alike.
Rookies Marc Zanette and Brent Vandenberg earned goals in the tie while junior netminder Adam Avaramenko made 26 saves in the draw.
NU's following two games, which were against tough opponenets, resulted in two losses. The Purple Eagles fell 3-4 in OT to the Clarkson Golden Knights, one of the best collegiate hockey clubs in the East, then fell 3- 4 the next night to St. Lawrence. Senior Tyler Gotto has a tally in each match.
The men's hockey team isn't the only on-ice club struggling at Monteagle Ridge: Niagara's (1-3-2) women's squad has one win on the season, a 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State. Net minder Jenni Bauer had 36 saves in the win, while freshmen Jenna Hendrikx and Natasha Fryer contributed a goal each.
After a huge 4-0 win over Manhattan and a close 3-2 victory against St. Peter's, the Purple Eagles (4-8-1 overall, 2-2-0 MAAC) are coming off back-to-back losses to conference foes. An Oct. 16 match at Loyola had little high points, as the squad was blanked 4-0. The next match pitted the Purple Eagles against the Rider Broncs. Bryan DaCruz tallied the lone goal for Niagara in the match, which saw NU fall 3-1.
Winning four of its last six, the Purple Eagles (8-7-1, 4-3-0) are coming off a close 1-0 win over conference rival Marist. Goalkeeper Ashleigh Bowers recorded her fourth shutout of the season after making one save in the win. Freshman Jamie Raepple tallied Niagara's lone goal in the match, her fi fth of the season.
Last year a mere memory, the Purple Eagles are on a roll this season. Niagara (16-6, 9-2) has won seven of their last eight games, many of which were against conference rivals. Depite claiming a better record, Fairfi eld (11- 10, 9-1) sits atop the MAAC standings, with NU at its heals in second.
An Oct. 15 game against Canisius resulted in a 3-1 Purple Eagle victory. Sophomore Hannah Hendrik helped the team grab the win by claiming her 16th doubdouble of the season.
The squad is closing in on a school record, which is currently 19 wins in a season. The Purple Eagles look to top that in their next seven matches to close out the season.