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SUNY Morrisville’s Aaron Kopp kicked a 20 yard field goal with 3.1 seconds left to hand visiting Erie Community College a heartbreaking 17 16 loss in the season opener for both schools.

ECC led, 16 14, with 10.3 seconds left when Morrisville cornerback Jose Yaport blocked a punt attempt to give the Mustangs the ball on Erie’s 3 yard line.

“I would rather have gotten blown out than to lose like that,” said Kats coach Dennis Greene. “Losing 17 16 do you know how hard that it to live with?

“I will never do that again, ride 2 1/2 hours, get off the bus and try to play a football game. We didn’t start playing until the second half. But I’m not making excuses. We didn’t get it done as a coaching staff, and we didn’t get it done as a team.”

Jordan Rambacher (Maple Grove) gave Erie a 3 0 lead with a 23 yard field goal in the first quarter. Morrisville scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter for a 14 3 lead at halftime. Erie closed within 14 10 after three quarters on a 10 yard run by Ruben Green. Erie regained the lead, 16 14, early in the fourth quarter when Jerome Arrington caught a 52 yard pass from Mike McDonnell. But Rambacher pushed the extra point attempt to the right.

Erie had 263 yards of offense to Morrisville’s 142 yards.

Morrisville was ranked No. 15 in the NJCAA preseason poll while the Kats were No. 14. Erie beat Morrisville, 39 26, in the season opener last year.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Sally Kus picked up her first two NCAA Division I coaching victories as the University at Buffalo defeated Bucknell (3 2) and Canisius (3 0) on the final day of the UB Hampton Inn vitational in Alumni Arena. Junior Lindsay Matikosh (North Tonawanda) and sophomore Molly Schrantz (Lancaster) were named to the All Tournament Team.

The Bulls began the day with an impressive come from behind victory over Bucknell,
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led by 17 kills and 15 digs from Matikosh and a triple double from Schrantz (10 kills, 40 assists, 10 digs), her second of the tournament. The Bisons pulled out 30 27 and 30 28 wins in the first two games, but the Bulls came charging back with easy 30 20 and 30 17 wins in games three and four. The Bulls controlled play in the fifth and ended it at 15 10 on a block assist from Schrantz and junior Alexis Bouie (Albion). Bouie finished the match with 13 kills, a career high nine digs and six blocks, and freshman Katie Weekley added 10 kills and 10 blocks. Canisius finished 0 3 in the event.

Elsewhere, Niagara beat Navy in four games and lost to Stony Brook in four at the Robert Morris Kings Classic. NU finished with a 1 3 record in the Classic, which began Friday. Erin Graham and Michelle LeSouder each had 21 kills against Navy. Amy Davidzik (Lancaster) had 10 digs versus Stony Brook. . . . Buffalo State lost to Franklin Marshall, Salsburg State and Susquehanna to finish 0 3 in the Franklin and Marshall Invitational.

MEN’S SOCCER: St. Bonaventure downed Bowling Green, 3 1,
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on the first day of the St. Bonaventure/Adidas Soccer Classic at McGraw Jennings Field. It was the season opener for both teams.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Goalies Erin Strassburg (North Tonawanda) and Nastassja Dasque combined for a 2 0 shutout for Buffalo State in a season opening win over Hilbert. Gina Monaco (Niagara Falls) scored both goals for the Bengals.