The College Power 10 ranks the top teams, players, coaches and stories each week in WNY collegiate athletics.
1. Canisius men’s soccer: Dermot McGrane’s squad upped its record to 5-1 with a 2-1 victory Saturday at Cornell. The Griffs fell behind in the fourth minute, but Troy Brady leveled them in the first half and Evan Walsh converted from the penalty spot in the second half to extend their winning streak to five straight while McGrane became only the second coach in Canisius soccer history to reach 50 career wins. Brady’s five goals are tied for 13th nationally. The Griffs have a big game Tuesday at Rutgers of the Big Ten conference. The Scarlet Knights haven’t won in their last four games, but two of those losses came against nationally ranked opponents.
2. Buffalo State QB Kyle Hoppy: The Orchard Park product was 18 of 30 for 364 yards and three touchdowns in a 53-48 win over Morrisville State that lifted the Bengals to 2-0. Morrisville went ahead, 48-41, early in the fourth quarter, but Hoppy led two scoring drives for the win. A missed extra point after the first touchdown kept the Bengals behind, 48-47, until Hoppy connected with Had Bryant for a 41-yard touchdown in the final minute that gave them the win.
3. UB cross country’s Stephanie Ward: Ward, a sophomore, took first place in the women’s 6K at the UB Stampede Invitational, finishing in 21 minutes, 8.9 seconds, which beat the second-place finisher by almost 40 seconds. The UB women finished second behind UConn while the men took third in the 8K, with junior Daniel Muldoon finishing eighth.
4. UB women’s volleyball: The team enters MAC play at 7-4 and owns wins against Georgetown and Rutgers. But check out who they’ve lost to: Central Arkansas (11-1), James Madison (9-0), the College of Charleston (10-3) and Seton Hall, in a five-set match in its own tournament. UB placed fourth in the six-team East Division in the MAC’s preseason poll, but the team can show its stuff this weekend against Ohio (second) and Kent State (third). Sophomore Polina Prokudina’a 4.09 kills per set rank 46th nationally.
5. Buff State men’s soccer: The Bengals improved to 5-1 with a 2-1 victory over Medaille on Saturday behind second-half goals by Luke Pavone and Robert Williamson. Pavone leads the team with four goals. Medaille started 4-0 before dropping its last three.
6. Canisius cross country’s Siobhan Quinn: Quinn took third in the women’s 5K at the National Catholic Invitational in South Bend, Ind., finishing in 17:33.8 (less than five seconds behind the winner), which was the best time and place ever for a Canisius woman at the event. Donny Glavin took fourth in the men’s 5-mile race at 25:14.9, chopping 24 seconds off of last year’s time.
7. ECC soccer: The men’s and women’s team both stand at 6-1. Lancaster’s Abbey Lombard is up to 10 goals on the season while Justus Hoffmann of Hamburg leads the men with seven.
8. Canisius women’s soccer: The Griffs (5-2-1) opened their MAAC slate with a nil-nil draw at Iona, which extended their shutout streak to three games. They’ve conceded only five goals in seven games this season behind the goalkeeping of Alana Rossi and Bailey Fenwick-Miller, good for a team goals-against average that ranks 28th nationally.
9. Niagara women's volleyball: After dropping five of six to open the season, Vilis Ozols' team has rebounded nicely with five straight wins, including a road sweep against Saint Peter’s and Rider in the opening weekend of conference play. Senior Nicole Matheis leads the team with 106 kills.
10. Villa Maria women’s soccer: The Vikings were outscored 76-0 last year in their inaugural season. They netted the program’s first goal earlier this year and won for the first time ever Sunday, beating SUNY Cobleskill 2-0 behind goals from freshman Megan Marafino (Cheektowaga) and senior Breanna Pangel (Holland).
Honorable mentions: Daemen tennis’ Tim Georg, a freshman from Germany, won his singles draw final at the Daemen Invitational Tournament, beating Division I players from Colgate and Niagara in the semifinals and finals. … St. Bonaventure golf’s Nolan Ditcher tied for fifth at the Cornell Invitational, shooting a 1-under-par 212 over three rounds, powered by an opening-round 68. The Bonnies placed fourth as a team. … Daemen women’s soccer improved to 3-1-1 while Jamie Boyar (Will South) was named the Herosports.com NCAA Division II Hero of the Week after netting three goals.
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