VOLUME 32, NUMBER 7 THURSDAY, October 5, 2000

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UB took on the best in the Mid-American Conference on Saturday night and it took Marshall University's best to defeat the hungry Bulls.

In the second half, the Thundering Herd (2-3, 1-0 in the MAC) had to pull out its "A" game to pull away from a 17-14 halftime lead and beat UB, 47-14, before 29,019 fans in Marshall Stadium. Quarterback Byron Leftwich completed 25-of-36 passes for a career-high 372 yards and three touchdowns as the Thundering Herd blew open a close game late in the third quarter.

The Herd took control of the game with two touchdowns in a one-minute period late in the third quarter. Marshall drove 55 yards on eight plays to take a 31-14 lead. On the first play of UB's next possession, All-America cornerback Danny Derricott intercepted a pass by Joe Freedy and returned it all the way to the UB three-yard line. Two plays later, Leftwich hit Lanier Washington with a three-yard score that ended UB's hopes and made it 38-14 on the final play of the third quarter.

UB (1-4, 1-1) had a chance to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, but two plays summed up the second half. Junior linebacker Duane Williams intercepted a Leftwich pass and returned it 53 yards to the Marshall five-yard line before being stripped of the ball, which rolled through the end zone for a touchback. After Marshall got the ball back, backup quarterback Steve Galbraith hit Washington on a 90-yard pass for a touchdown on a third-and-20 play.



Marshall 3, UB 0

UB dropped its second straight MAC game, losing 3-0 at Marshall.

It was a scoreless first half and both teams battled most of the second half without scoring. The Thundering Herd got going late in the second half, netting three goals in the final 17 minutes and keeping the Bulls to just two shots in the half.

Athletes of
the week
Fery Kasiman of the men's tennis team won all four of his singles matches at the St. Bonaventure Nike Fall Classic. Kasiman, a freshman for the fall season, rallied for three-set victories over St. Francis' Mark Willis and St. Bonaventure's Mark Gorski to enable the Bulls to sweep their four matches over the weekend. Kasiman is now 7-2 in singles action this fall.

Linnaea DiNallo of the women's soccer team led UB's defense in a pair of weekend victories. The Bulls defeated Mid-American Conference rivals Central Michigan, 1-0, on Friday and Eastern Michigan, 3-1, on Sunday, running their current win streak to three. For the season, DiNallo's defense has aided the Bulls to four shutouts and a 1.24 goals against average.


UB 1, Central Michigan 0
UB 3, Eastern Michigan 1

UB scored in the first three minutes of the game and then used a gritty defensive effort to hold on for a 1-0 MAC win over Central Michigan.

The Bulls broke free in the early stages of the game to get the goal. Cherie Rogers broke through the middle and chipped a pass over the Central Michigan defenders. The CMU goalie hedged to come out for the ball, allowing UB's Emily Russell to get to the ball and score the game-winning goal at the 2:46 mark.

On Sunday, the Bulls won their third-straight game with a 3-1 win over defending MAC champion Eastern Michigan.

The Bulls controlled most of the first half of action, and capitalized on it in the 31st minute when Elizabeth Pfeffer took a ball from the left side and sent it into the box where Devon Russell scored on a header. UB added to that lead a few minutes later as Paula Listrani hit a free kick to Pfeffer, who shot it past Eagles' goalie Sarah Willis at the 35:28 mark for a 2-0 UB lead at halftime.

In the second half, UB got an early goal when Lindsay Mislin broke free for her first career goal. Eastern Michigan kept the pressure on and finally got on the scoreboard late in the game.


UB 3, Canisius 0
Eastern Michigan 3, UB 0

The volleyball team swept the Canisius College Golden Griffins, 3-0, to open the week's play. Junior Heather Barfuss led the Bulls' attack with eight kills and junior Larissa LaCour posted 23 assists and a team-high seven digs.

The Bulls dominated play in the first and second games, scoring easy 15-6 and 15-5 wins. The Griffs threatened in the third game, but UB held on for a 15-12 win to break its two-match losing streak. Freshman Lindsay Matikosh and junior Sasha Courbat contributed six and five kills, respectively, and junior Amelia Liddle led the Bulls' defense with three blocks.

The Bulls returned to the MAC wars Friday night, losing a three-game match at Eastern Michigan to fall to 4-10 overall and 0-3 in the MAC. The Eagles pulled out a 15-10 win in the opening game of the match, before dominating the Bulls in games two and three, winning by scores of 15-3 and 15-2.

Cross Country

Women place 10th, men 14th at Lakefront Invitational

The men's and women's cross-country teams were among the huge field competing at Loyola University's Lakefront Invitational last weekend. The women placed 10th in the 46-team women's race with 331 points, while the men's team was 14th of 42 squads. The University of Missouri won both the men's and women's team competitions.

Eileen Rose was the top Bulls' finisher in the women's race, crossing the finish line in 22:44. Rose placed 29th among the 496 runners who entered the five kilometer race. In the men's eight kilometer race, Tony David was 27th of the 444 racers in 26:00.



UB swept its four opponents at St. Bonaventure's Nike Fall Classic, raising its dual meet mark to 5-0 this season. The Bulls defeated the Bonnies, 4-3, and Niagara, 7-0, on Saturday and then knocked off Youngstown State, 7-0, and St. Francis (Pa.), 6-1, on Sunday.

Fery Kasiman was the top gun for the Bulls during the weekend action, posting singles wins in all four of his matches.

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