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College Power 10: Cicerone clutch for UB soccer

Russell Cicerone added another big moment in his dream senior season for the University at Buffalo men’s soccer team.

Cicerone scored in the 89th minute to give UB a 1-1 tie with Western Michigan. UB’s men lead this week’s College Power 10:

1. UB men’s soccer. Cicerone’s goal was his 12th of the season for the Bulls (9-3-2). He’s tied for fourth in the nation in goals and second in the nation in points per game (2.29). His 101 career points ranks third in Mid-American Conference history.

The Bulls (1-1-1 in conference) are in a heated battle in the six-team MAC, along with Bowling Green (2-0-1), Akron (2-1) Western Michigan (0-0-3) and West Virginia (1-2). Northern Illinois (0-2-1) visits UB Friday night.

2. Erie CC football. Quarterback Sam Castronova (Williamsville South) hit 20 of 26 passes for a career-high 332 yards and four touchdowns as the Kats routed Alfred’s JV, 54-14. The win improved the cats to 6-2 and 5-0 on the road. Erie goes to Troy Saturday for a noon game against Hudson Valley CC (3-3). Castonova also had 55 yards rushing on eight carries. Christian Cheatom (Lackawanna) had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown.

3. Jamestown CC women’s volleyball. The Jayhawks closed the regular-season 27-5 and on a 22-game winning streak. Coach Ashley Lund was named coach of the year, and SallyAnne Rudny (Southwestern) was named player of the year in the Western New York Athletic Conference. Rudny led the team in kills (502), Ashley Butman (Jamestown) in digs (286) and Destiney Portlow (Olean) in blocks (63). The region playoffs are this weekend at Niagara CCC.

4. Buffalo State women’s soccer: The Bengals finished the regular season undefeated in conference (9-0) and take the No. 1 seed into the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs. Freshman Taylor Carillo posted a school-record 11th shutout in a 2-0 win over New Paltz. Senior forward Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield) scored her seventh winning goal of the season. The Bengals (14-1-2), ranked 19th in the nation, await a semifinal game at home on Nov. 2.

5. Erie CC women’s soccer. The Kats, ranked No. 12 in the nation among Division III junior college teams, rallied from a 3-0 deficit to score a 4-3 victory Tuesday over Delta College in the Region III quarterfinals. Erie, the No. 3 seed, advanced to a semifinal meeting Saturday against No. 2 seed Finger Lakes CC at Tompkins-Cortland CC. Erie (14-2) lost at Finger Lakes, 2-1, seven weeks ago.

6. Canisius hockey: The Griffs had a promising start to their Atlantic Hockey schedule by earning a 6-3 win and a 2-2 tie with Robert Morris. Canisius was picked ninth, Robert Morris sixth in the preseason poll. Felix Chamberland had a hat trick in the first game and Ryan Schmelzer (Williamsville East) both goals in the second.

7. Daemen women's volleyball. Daemen scored wins over Molloy and Queens to run its winning streak to eight straight. Daemen is 16-6 and 8-1 in the East Coast Conference, tied for first with powerhouse Bridgeport. Senior Amber Drzymala (St. Mary's Lancaster) posted the 25th double-double of her career with 15 kills and 16 digs in the win over Queens. She's bidding to become the third player in team history to top 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. Her sister, sophomore Ashley Drzymala (St. Mary's Lancaster) ranks second in the league in total kills (291).

8. Buffalo State’s Bass Sarr. The Bengals’ senior striker from New York City finished the regular season tied for the SUNYAC lead in scoring with 11 goals and two assists. Buffalo State has a quarterfinal game at New Paltz, which beat the Bengals last week, 1-0.

9. Erie CC men’s soccer. The Kats finished the regular season 12-5 thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Mohawk Valley. Erie got goals from Majed Mohamed (Lackawanna) and Kovan Dalil (Kenmore West). The Kats play a quarterfinal playoff Wednesday at Cayuga CC.

10. Daemen women’s cross country. Daemen placed second at the ECC championship meet. Senior Mackenzie Donahue (East Aurora) and junior Amy Trabert (Amherst) both earned first-team All-ECC honors. Donahue placed second in the 5K at 18:09.8. Trabert was seventh in 18:49.7.

Email: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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