The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. Drew Anderson: UB football didn't end up on the winning side of one of the craziest football games you'll ever see Saturday, but quarterback Drew Anderson did everything he could to keep the Bulls in it. He threw for 597 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in a wild 71-68 game that went seven overtimes. He was at his best in the extra frames, throwing bullets into tight windows and benefiting from a handful of spectacular snags from his receivers.
Not only did Anderson set UB program bests, topping the passing yards in a game record by 100 and touchdowns by one, he also surpassed the MAC's record for yards and tied the conference record for touchdowns. His statistics are even more impressive when you factor in he's UB's backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Tyree Jackson.
2. Buffalo State men's soccer: The Bengals pushed their point streak to 10 games with their most impressive victory yet: A 1-0 victory against No. 6 Cortland. Sofiane Hamadi scored in the 47th minute when Luke Pavone set him up with space at the top of the box. Buff State (10-1-1) has only lost once this year, a 1-0 outing against Houghton back on Sept. 8.
3. ECC women's soccer: The Kats (10-2-1), ranked No. 2 in the latest NJCAA poll, defeated Broome, 4-0, on the road in the rematch of last year's national championship. Former Iroquois Chief Sam Carey scored twice to move her team-leading point total to 38.
4. Niagara hockey: Jason Lammers' first win as Niagara's head coach was a signature victory. Tanner Lomsnes scored his first goal of the season in overtime to lift the Purple Eagles past Robert Morris, a team picked nine spots ahead of Niagara in the Atlantic Hockey preseason coaching poll. It's a statement victory for a team looking to bounce back from a five-win season in 2016-'17.
5. Lina Kutsko and St. Bonaventure women's swimming: The freshman set a school record for the 100 fly in her first collegiate meet, besting Danielle Butler's mark set in 2009 by .16 seconds. The women's team as a whole was also successful, claiming the Justin Jennings Memorial Invitational title to start the season.
6. Tyler Zelinski: ECC's quarterback also etched his name into the record books this weekend. He set school highs for passing yards (357) and touchdowns (5) in the Kats' 46-34 loss to DuPage.
7. UB women's tennis: The Bulls dominated singles in the UB Invitational, sending four to the finals of their respective flights. Two Bulls won, Chantel Martinez Blanco in the Singles Hot Draw and Anna Savchenko in the Singles Blue Cheese Draw.
8. Canisius soccer: Both the men's and women's teams downed archrival Niagara on Wednesday. The men defeated the Purple Eagles handily, 5-0, while the women squeaked by with a 1-0 victory.
9. Medaille golf: The Mavericks won their third event of the year, the Hilbert Invitational, with Chuck Panepinto (Kenmore West) and Bobby Merino (Niagara Falls) topping the leader board.
10. UB basketball recruiting: A week after landing Rochester's Jeenathan Williams, Nate Oats and his staff added another member to their impressive 2018 class in 6-foot-3 point guard Javion Hamlet. The two-star JUCO transfer and Memphis, Tennessee native averaged 15.6 points and 8.4 assists last season at Matlow State. He picked the Bulls over North Texas.
I knew my time was coming I had to wait for it...so ever night I use to pray for it🙏🏽....committed 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/Yfe3xIiCzy
— J hamlet (@javion_hamlet) October 7, 2017
Honorable mentions: Buffalo State's Stephen Johnson (McKinley) caught five passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 38-12 loss to Cortland. ... Jamestown CC women's volleyball moved to 17-0 with a five-set victory against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
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