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College Athletic Report: Springer, Needham rolling for Bearcats

BINGHAMTON SENIOR — Shawn Needham, and fellow Hamburg native Matt Springer, have had big starts to their 2014 senior campaign for Binghamton.
The Binghamton men’s lacrosse team received four goals from Matt Springer of Hamburg, giving him his second hat trick of 2014 and 15th overall as a BU player, and helping the squad to a thrilling 11-10 road victory Saturday (March 1) at Hobart. The Bearcats upped their record to 2-2 overall. Also for Binghamton, fellow senior Shawn Needham, also of Hamburg, paced the defense, causing a pair of turnovers and picking up a career and team-high seven ground balls. Two games prior, Binghamton fell in its home opener 13-9 to visiting Siena, despite Springer pacing the team with four goals. In the process, he became the first BU player to hit the 100-goal mark in their 13-year Division I history. Needham caused a career-high three turnovers.

Freshman Maxwell strikes for UMBC lax

UMBC freshman attackman Max Maxwell of Hamburg was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for games ending Feb. 23. Maxwell scored his first three career goals, all in the second half, in UMBC’s 10-8 victory over Monmouth on Feb. 22. He scored game-tying and go-ahead goals in the third quarter and recorded UMBC’s ninth goal, credited as the game-winner, with 10:45 remaining in the contest. Maxwell, who scored the three goals on just four shots versus the Hawks, has started both games to date on the Retriever attack. The two-time high school All-American from Hamburg High School amassed more than 100 goals and 80 assists in his junior and senior seasons at Hamburg.

Wolf already making impact for Niagara

Taylor Wolf helped Niagara University women’s lacrosse team to its first win of the season, 12-6 over Cincinnati, on Saturday (March 1) at home. The freshman from Hamburg scored three goals. In her first collegiate, non-conference game, for Niagara, the weekend before, she scored three goals in a 16-13 loss. She was awarded the MAAC Rookie of the Week award and given the game ball.

Niagara’s Hogan named Rookie of the Week

Niagara softball freshman Bridget Hogan was named MAAC Softball Rookie of the Week announced on Tuesday. Hogan of Hamburg had an impactful debut as a Purple Eagle in Niagara’s season-opening four-game weekend classic in Elon, N.C. Hogan batted .357, which was tied for the second highest on the team, and led the team in slugging percentage (.714), RBIs (five), doubles (two), total bases (10), home runs (one) stolen bases (one) and tied for the team-high in hits (five).

Hogan’s biggest impact was her 3-for-4, three-RBI performance to spark Niagara’s 5-2 comeback win over Saint Joseph’s in its final game in the Phoenix Opening Classic. Hogan tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI single in the eighth inning. Hogan also made two appearances in the circle, striking out three and allowing 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Purple Eagles are back in action to participate in the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla. from March 3-7.

Cortland’s Konikoff earns ECAC honor

Cortland State junior Elise Konikoff of Hamburg has been selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Women’s Gymnastics Specialist of the Week for her performance in her team’s home dual meet against Brockport on Feb. 22. Konikoff won balance beam with a career-high 9.80, tied for first on vault with a season-high 9.65 and finished seventh on floor exercise with a career-best 9.50. She was competing on vault for the first time this season, and her beam score is tied for second-best in school history and just 0.025 off the school record.

Smith’s effort falls short in D’Youville loss

In the first round of the AMCC Tournament, third-seed and host Mount Aloysius defeated sixth-seeded D’Youville 71-54. Alexis Smith of Hamburg finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. D’Youville finishes the 2013-14 season with a 11-15 record. It was the Spartans’ first appearance in the AMCC Tournament since joining the league in 2009-10. It is also the program’s highest win total since the 2008-09 season.

Warren finishes Fredonia basketball career

Fredonia State’s upset bid ended with a 55-52 loss to Geneseo in the first round of the SUNYAC women’s basketball tournament. The loss ended the Blue Devils’ season at 15-10 while Geneseo, 20-6, advanced to the SUNYAC semifinal round at Platatsburgh. Jaimie Warren of Lake View, who scored her 1,000th career point at Fredonia earlier this season, finished with nine points in her final collegiate game. She completed her four seasons with 1,122 points, sixth highest in program history. She also recorded 749 rebounds, fourth all-time.

McColgin, Juniata spikers to No. 2 rank

Juniata men’s volleyball jumped up to No. 2 on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll as it headed into one of its toughest weeks of the season. The Eagles went 3-1 on the road with wins over Thiel, No. 7 Stevens, and Vassar. Their lone loss was to No. 1 SUNY New Paltz. The Eagles were led by junior Alex McColgin of Hamburg, who recorded 50 kills in that span. Junior Justin Waldorf of Eden picked up 10 kills in Juniata’s 3-1 (25-27, 26-24, 30-28, 25-21) win over host Vassar College on March 1 to close its third match in two days. The Eagles remain on the road and head to No. 14 Stevenson on Friday, March 7 before facing Cairn and Valley Forge on Saturday, March 8.


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