The team to watch this fall season? Looks like it might be the University at Buffalo volleyball team.
The Bulls, who won the Cornell Invitational with a commanding three-game sweep of Bucknell, are off to their best start since 1989. Through their first six matches, UB has dropped just one game — that to Iona.
Buffalo has two wins over Niagara, and victories over Temple, Iona, Cornell and Bucknell.
The Bulls will travel to the Georgia State Tournament in Atlanta this weekend where they will play Davidson, Central Florida and the host school.
Junior outside hitter Liz Scott was named the MVP of the Cornell Invitational, hitting .453 with 27 kills and just three errors on 53 total attacks. Through the first six matches, she leads the team hitting .433.
Other impressive performances in the fall season came from St. Bonaventure cross country and Daemen women’s soccer.
St. Bonaventure cross country is doing something it hasn’t done in decades - win. The men’s team won its first invitational title in 10 years last weekend at the Seton Hill Griffin Classic in Greensburg, Pa. Junior Harley Thompson led the Bona men, finishing fourth overall in 29:36.6 on the 8K course.
Meanwhile the women won their first Little Three championship since the event started in 1983. Senior Kady Weisner finished second overall, running the 5K Delaware Park course in 19:08.8.
Daemen’s Wildcats opened the season with back-to-back shutout wins, defeating Alderson-Broaddus, 4-0, and Maine-Fort Kent, 2-0. The game against Maine-Fort Kent was a rematch of last year’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship game, which Daemen won, 1-0 in overtime.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kathryn Haessner earned both wins for Daemen, which has six shutouts in its last seven games dating back to last season.
Game of the Week
Brockport at Buffalo State. The annual I-90 Bowl gridiron clash is always intense and the Bengals host this year’s meeting at 2 p.m. at Coyer Field. Buffalo State is coming off a 41-28 win at Cortland in its season opener.
Senior quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home) threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more to lead the Bengals offense. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 226 yards with an interception. He added 118 yards rushing on 17 carries.
A look ahead
It’s never too early to start thinking about college hockey, particularly after last season’s run by Canisius and Niagara. The two rivals clash in the season opener on Oct. 12 in Lewiston.
But just to whet your appetite, Atlantic Hockey announced two games will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network - Niagara vs. RIT on Jan. 24 and Air Force at Army on Jan. 10.
Meanwhile, the name Conacher will once again be on the back of a Canisius College jersey. Shane Conacher, younger brother of Golden Griffins all-time leading scorer Cory, joins the team this season along with four other newcomers. Conacher led St. Michael’s to the Ontario Junior Hockey League Championship in 2013.
Also joining the Griffs will be forwards Jack Hidi (Toronto), Josh Kielich (Orchard Park) and defensemen Geoff Fortman (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and sophomore Brandon Russo, a transfer from the Penn State club team.