By Niagara Wire Sports Staff
Hockey wins the Battle of the Bridge
The Purple Eagles were crowned champions of this year’s Battle of the Bridge when they took two games out of two against the Canisus Golden Griffs. The Purple Eagles lethal offense came to play, as they put up 14 goals across two games. Forward Reed Robinson scored a hat trick in the second game, which saw the Purple Eagles win by a score of 9-6. Their performance in the Battle of the Bridge garnered shoutouts from several national media outlets and personalities, including ESPN’s John Buccigross and NCAA Hockey on Twitter.
Men’s Basketball upsets the Bonnies
On Nov. 12, The Purple Eagles defeated Big 4 rival, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, by a score of 80-72. With the win, the Purple Eagles can say that they’ve defeated the Bonnies in back-to-back years. This year’s victory tasted a little sweeter than last year’s, as the Bonnies were coming off an appearance in last year’s NCAA Tournament and an Atlantic-10 championship. The game was played in front of an electric crowd at the Gallagher Center, and at the time, propelled the Purple Eagles to first in the MAAC.
Women’s Soccer makes MAAC semifinals
After posting a 9-6-2 record in the regular season, the Purple Eagles advanced to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2014. They came into the MAAC Tournament as the four-seed and defeated the fifth-seeded Rider Broncs by a score of 2-1 in the quarter finals. Despite losing to the eventual MAAC champion Monmouth, their season was not one to forget. The Purple Eagles finished the season with double digits wins (10), The Purple Eagles fielded three All-MAAC players (Kelsey Araujo, Annie Ibey, and Ida Miceli), and posted a 9-1-0 (including playoffs) record at Niagara Field.