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College Power 10: Canisius hockey pulls upsets

The Canisius hockey team scored two upset victories last weekend over the Rochester Institute of Technology, the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Canisius tops this week’s College Power 10:

1. Canisius hockey. The Golden Griffins were picked to finish ninth in the 11-team AHC. But Canisius edged RIT, 1-0 and 2-1, thanks to great goaltending by senior Charles Williams. He made 41 saves in the first game and 43 in the second. Williams was named AHC goalie of the week. Canisius (4-5-1) visits Army Friday and Saturday.

2. Buffalo State women’s soccer. The Bengals make their first-ever NCAA Division III playoff appearance Saturday when they play host to Montclair State at 1:30 p.m. Buffalo State claimed the State University of New York Athletic Conference title with a 1-0 victory over Geneseo thanks to a goal by Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield). Goalie Taylor Carillo posted a school-record 13th shutout.

The Bengals, ranked 14th in the nation, are 17-1-2. Montclair is 15-3-2. Messiah, ranked sixth in the nation, faces the College of Staten Island at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winners play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State. There are 32 teams in the D-3 tournament.

3. UB men’s soccer. The Bulls claimed the No. 3 seed for the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 0-0 draw at Bowling Green. Goaltender Joseph Kuta, a sophomore from Mississaugua, Ont., made nine saves and tied the program record with his 10th shutout of the season. UB (11-3-3) meets No. 2-seed Bowling Green again at 4 p.m. Friday in Akron in a MAC semifinal. The title game is Sunday.

4. Erie CC women’s soccer. The Kats have advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III “elite eight” in Toms River, N.J. Third-seeded Erie CC (16-2) faces sixth-seeded Brookdale CC of New Jersey at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner faces the winner of No. 2-seed Montgomery vs. No. 7 Nassau at 1 p.m. Friday in the national semifinal. The title game is Sunday.

5. Daemen women’s volleyball. Daemen (20-6) won its 12th straight match by defeating four-time defending East Coast Conference champ Bridgeport in straight sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-18). The win clinched at least a share of the ECC regular-season title. The ECC tournament is at Daemen Nov. 18-19. Sophomore Ashley Drzymala (St. Mary's Lancaster) led Daemen with 14 kills. She ranks second in the league in total kills (344).

6. Erie CC football. The Kats finished 7-3 after a 30-29 loss to undefeated Milford Academy of Connecticut. The three teams that beat Erie have a combined 26-2 record, and Erie either led or was tied at halftime in all three of those games. Erie awaits word on if it will get a bowl bid.

7. Daemen cross country. Daemen junior Kevin Roginson (Williamsville North) finished sixth at the NCAA Division II East Region meet to become the first Daemen male to earn all-region honors. Daemen senior Mackenzie Donahue (East Aurora) placed 10th to earn all-East honors a second straight year.

8. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats put a scare into the University at Buffalo in an exhibition Friday before falling in overtime, 87-82. Jeff Redband, a 6-7 freshman from Batavia, scored 22 for Daemen, which opens its season at home at 8 p.m. Friday against Caldwell University of New Jersey.

9. Medaille men’s soccer. The Mavericks reached the title game of the Allegheny Mountain Conference before losing, 4-0, to Penn State-Behrend. Medaille (12-5-2) was led by Australian Lachlan Wilkinson, who scored 14 goals, second best in conference.

10. Erie CC men’s basketball. The Kats (3-0) are averaging 106 ppg.

 

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