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Niagara has won three of its last five games (4-3 overall, 0-0 MAAC). Moreover, after taking down teams the likes of Howard and Central Florida, the Purple Eagles recently regained one of their most dominant players in senior guard Tyrone Lewis.
Lewis, who returned after a heartbreaking 69-67 loss to Austin Peay, made his comeback against Mount St. Mary's. He scored 18 points off the bench.
The game also saw stellar play from sophomore Kashief Edwards, who tallied a career-high 14 points in the win. Seniors Bilal Benn and Rob Garrison picked up double-doubles. It was Benn's fourth of the season and Garrison's first.
Reminiscent of last season, the NU's women's hoops team is off to a less-than-pleasing start. The Purple Eagles (0-6, 0-0) have suffered close losses, and were within grasp of their first win against Loyola on Nov. 28. But a last second 3-pointer by rookie guard Kayla Stroman was disallowed.
The game, Niagara's first real glimpse at a "W", featured a pair of 12 point games from sophomore Ali Morris and junior Liz Flooks.
After a 10-game winless drought, the Purple Eagles have netted a pair of wins, one of which was against College Hockey America's Robert Morris. The 5-0 blanking featured astounding goalkeeping from junior netminder Adam Avramenko.
Avramenko, whose shutout was just the second of his collegiate career, made 38 stops for Niagara (2-8-2, 1-1-1 CHA) in the win. He earned himself CHA Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Senior Chris Moran tallied a goal in the win, which brings his point streak to six straight games. Rookie Brent Vandenberg also potted a goal in the victory, Niagara's second of the season.
Thanksgiving weekend saw the Purple Eagles split a pair of games against Cornell, the latter going in favor of Niagara, 2-1. Junior Autumn Stuntz and newcomer Jenna Hendrikx potted goals in the win, while junior goaltender Jenni Bauer posted 37 saves.
The club has been successful in 2009 because of its entire team of skilled players. Niagara has 10 players with at least three points, and two (Jennifer MacLean, 11, and Jenna Hendrikx ,10) with point totals in the double digits. The squad has also been able to rely of the excellent play of Bauer, who has posted an impressive .916 save percentage through 15 games.
With one of the best success stories of late, the NU women's volleyball team took a near winless 2009 season and not only turned out a school record 20-win season, but grabbed itself a MAAC Championship title to boot.
The squad took down MAAC rival Marist in the title game, defeating them in three straight sets. Sophomore Hannah Hendrick tallied 10 kills and six digs in the win. Even more impressive was the All-Tournament Team nod she received as the most outstanding player.
Niagara Coach Susan Clements grabbed the 2009 MAAC Coach of the Year award for her outstanding leadership this season.
The club is now set to take on Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.