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College Power 10: Canisius men's soccer owns the country's fifth-ranked offense

The College Power 10 ranks the top teams, players, coaches and stories each week in WNY collegiate athletics. Previous entries: Week One / Week Two / Week Three.

1. Canisius men’s soccer: Melvin Blair scored in the 105th minute Saturday against Fairfield to win on a golden goal as Canisius upped its record to 7-2-1 with a win and a draw on the opening weekend of MAAC play. The Griffs’ offense ranks fifth nationally at 2.50 goals per game while Troy Brady’s seven tallies are tied for 10th in Division I. The Griffs host Niagara on Wednesday.

2. UB football’s Emmanuel Reed: The sophomore running back scored three first-half touchdowns to power UB past Kent State in its MAC opener, 27-13. Reed finished with 144 rushing yards on 33 carries and was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week while the Bulls pushed their winning streak to three games. Drew Anderson completed 11 of 18 passes in his first career start in replacement of the injured Tyree Jackson.

3. St. Bonaventure golf: The Bonnies won the Mathews Auto Collegiate Invitational in Apalachin, winning a tiebreaker against Lehigh. The two schools tied at 10-over-par after two days of team play, but St. Bonaventure’s fifth player had a lower score in the final round. Freshman Danny Gianniny tied for fourth overall after carding a two-day score of 143 (72-71), good for 1-under. Brent Morgan tied for 12th at 2-over while John Dantonio led Canisius (T10) at 5-over.

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4. Buff State men’s soccer: The Bengals drew with Fredonia to go to 7-1-2 overall, stretching their unbeaten streak to seven straight. Their team goals-against average of 0.574 ranks 27th nationally in Division III.

5. Fredonia women’s tennis: The team improved to 8-1 with a sweep of D’Youville last weekend. Junior Olivia Miller and freshman Sarah Bunk are 9-0 in singles on the season while sophomore Anna Chiacchia is 8-1; all three are chasing Chiacchia’s school record of 10 singles wins in a season, set last year. The team has one match left Wednesday before the SUNYAC Tournament.

6. Local women at the Paul Short Run: Several Big 4 runners placed well at the Paul Short Run, a massive cross country meet hosted by Lehigh University every fall. In the top flight, UB’s Stephanie Ward finished 13th out of 369 finishers, running the 6K in 20 minutes, 20 seconds, which lifted UB to a 19th overall finish. Canisius’ Siobhan Quinn was the winner in the second flight, finishing in 20:38 while Canisius placed ninth.

7. Local men at the Paul Short Run: Canisius ran in the top flight on the men’s side, with Jeffrey Antolos finishing the 8K 33rd overall in 24:12, good for a 4:53-mile pace. UB’s team won the second flight, powered by Liam Hilbert’s fourth-overall finish in 24:54.

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8. ECC soccer: The men improved to 9-2 while the women are 8-2-1. Both teams shut out SUNY Adirondack over the weekend.

9. Buff State men’s cross country: The Bengals edged Westminster by a single point to win the Washington & Jefferson Invitational, 57-58. Kevin Murnock (East Aurora) finished fourth in the 8K in 28:52.4. Veronica Kordrupel placed third in the women’s 5K in 19:51.5 while the Bengals finished fourth.

10. UB women’s volleyball: The team is 9-6 overall with several quality losses, but was swept in MAC play last weekend by Akron and Ball State.

Honorable mentions: Medaille men’s soccer ended a tough stretch by winning twice last week to improve to 7-4. Niagara women’s volleyball is 9-6 … Niagara women’s soccer 6-3-2 … Daemen women’s soccer in 5-3-1.

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