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Local men's college soccer conference award winners

NCAA DIVISION I

Canisius College - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Grattarola, sophomore defender

First Team: Filippo Tamburini, freshman forward; Troy Brady, sophomore forward; Melvin Blair, junior midfielder; Alex Grattarola, sophomore defender.

Second Team: Bjarki Benediktsson, redshirt junior defender.

All-Rookie Team: Filippo Tamburini, freshman forward.

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Niagara University - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

All-Rookie Team: Matt Krucko-Moeller, freshman defender.

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St. Bonaventure University - Atlantic 10 Conference

All-Rookie Team: Nicola Bonso, freshman defender.

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Local women's college soccer conference award winners

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NCAA DIVISION II

Daemen College - East Coast Conference

Third Team: Noah Keem, freshman forward.

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NCAA DIVISION III

Buffalo State College - SUNYAC

Coach of the Year: Mark Howlett, fifth year

First Team: Luke Pavone, senior midfielder; Devonte Black, senior defender; Andy Queen, junior goalkeeper.

Second Team: Sammy Wasson, senior midfielder; Robert Williamson, junior defender; Danny Clavin, senior defender.

Third Team: Maissa Dieye, sophomore forward; Sofiane Hamadi, junior forward; August Finn, junior midfielder-forward.

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Fredonia - SUNYAC

No awards.

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Medaille College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

First Team: Mitchell Ali, sophomore midfielder; Sam Beesley, sophomore defender.

Second Team: Anthony Marafioti, sophomore defender; Given Holy Gbode, freshman forward; Kyle Ferguson, freshman defender; Lachlan Wilkinson, sophomore forward.

Third Team: Pablo Ballesteros, freshman midfielder.

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D'Youville College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Second Team: Hunter Sherman, sophomore forward.

Third Team: Josh Hammer, junior defender.

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Hilbert College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

No awards.

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Five local players who were snubbed:

*Niklas Ringdahl Bohlin, Daemen midfielder: As Kristian Aadnoy tailed off and Finn Krueger surged for Bobby McColl's Wildcats, freshman captain Ringdahl Bohlin was a consistent force, often dropping deep into his own end to receive the ball and still working to manufacture chances in the final third.

Not every freshman can shoulder the responsibilities of leading a talented-yet-erratic young team, but the Swedish newcomer did so to the tune of seven wins. Teammate Anthony Cupello, who registered a whopping nine assists in his first year, deserves a shout, too.

*Kieran Toland, St. Bonaventure midfielder: Toland's senior campaign was especially admirable due to the circumstances leading up to August. Nursing a slow-healing shoulder injury from the spring, Toland's minutes were managed early in the non-conference schedule, which ultimately paid off with a strong finish - including the Scot's first trip to the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Toland contributed four goals and six assists for a team-high 14 points, and the Bonnies' eight wins exceeded the total of the previous three seasons.

*David Trabold, Fredonia defender: The Blue Devils' Ryan Ross also made a compelling case by leading P.J. Gondek's team in scoring, but it was Trabold, one of the few holdovers from 2016's successful side, who was the steady, hard-nosed center back that chipped in with four goals, including two game-winners.

Fredonia has some bright local prospects coming up on defense - Jackson Retzer, Michael Wright, Kevin Loftus and Sam Wagner - to join solid Matt Casey, but hopefully that quintet took some time to appreciate Trabold's toughness.

*Luca Pacheco, Niagara forward: I'm not disillusioned to the point where I'd advocate Pacheco for one of the first two MAAC all-star teams, but the freshman attacker from Ontario showed enough in his first season on Monteagle Ridge to be a strong candidate for the all-rookie team.

Sure, his meager two goals on the campaign did not stick out, but Pacheco troubled defenses with his pace and creativity despite acting as the lone attacking threat for Bill Boyle's squad. As Niagara improves, so will Pacheco's statistics.

*Paul Afful, St. Bonaventure goalkeeper: If all-conference teams were measured by ground covered, Afful would be a no-doubt first teamer. The Ghanian - who strikes a staggering resemblance to Paul Pogba - was the motor for Kwame Oduro's side; it wasn't unusual to see one or two loping, gracfeul 40-yard runs up each match.

There's no clear replacement for Afful's role on the Bonnies' returning roster - maybe Isaiah Barrett - so Afful's impact on the 2017 squad might be evident by his absence next season.

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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