Although none of the Big 4 women's soccer teams experienced much collective success, individual players stood out during the 2016 fall campaign.
For posterity's sake, let's run through the Best XI out of Canisius, University at Buffalo, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
BN Soccer Women's Offensive Player of the Year: Carissima Cutrona, University at Buffalo
BN Soccer W…
In a move to raise the caliber of its side, FC Buffalo recruited nearly 20 out-of-town players and housed them at Daemen College for the 2016 summer NPSL season.
After a campaign in which the Wolves narrowly missed the postseason for the third year in a row, several of these players returned to their collegiate programs, many of them at the NCAA Division I level.
Thirty-seven soccer players had an opportunity Friday to make an impression on FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy and his staff, competing in possession drills, small-sided games and an extended 11-vs.-11 scrimmage at Sahlen's Sports Park.
When Murphy first addressed the tryout participants, he was adamant that he would not sign anyone from the day's session, a depart…
The college season may be far in the rear-view mirror, but local college athletes are still bagging postseason honors.
Regardless of level, the distinction of All-American - chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) - marks a dynamite achievement. Erie Community College striker Abbey Lombard captured second-team All-America honors for all of N…
In the 2016 season, FC Buffalo housed a record number of out-of-town college players, forcing local talent to truly shine in training for minutes during the NPSL campaign.
It wasn't easy for them. Early Buffalo-based signings like Troy Brady, the reigning PrepTalk Player of the Year, as well as Empire Development Academy fullback Frank Cotroneo quickly prioritized their…
ALFRED UNIVERSITY: 9-8-2 overall, 2-3-2 in Empire 8
Kade McGarrity, junior defender from Lake Shore
Stats: 8 games (1 start), one goal, one assist, three points
ALFRED STATE UNIVERSITY: 6-12 overall, lost in ACAA championship
Jacob Bartz, sophomore goalkeeper from West Seneca West
Stats: 16 games (14 starts), 5-7 record, 2.74 GAA, 68 saves
A record-setting career at the University at Buffalo has opened doors for the Bulls' Russell Cicerone.
The 2015 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and four-time All-MAC selection was chosen to participate in the Major League Soccer Combine, which unites roughly 70 of the nation's top college players for five days preceding the MLS SuperDraft. The Bloomfield Hill…
Pa Lu is the latest Western New York scholastic soccer star to earn All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Lu, a senior, helped International Prep at Grover win its fourth straight Section VI soccer championship. The first team All-New York State and first team All-Region selection capped his career with 32 goals and 21 assists as h…
All-Western New York Girls Soccer 2016
Chosen by WNY coaches
Co-Players of the Year: Marissa Birzon (Williamsville East) & Madisyn Pezzino (Grand Island).
Coach of the Year: Chelsea Buzynski (Newfane).
ALL-WNY FIRST TEAM
Position - Player - School - Class
F Marissa Birzon Williamsville East 12
F Anna Davies Clarence 12
F Taylor DiMarco Sacred He…
Amanda Gallo, midfielder for Niagara (Lancaster)
Stats: 16 games, no points
Team report: 5-10-1 overall, 4-6 in MAAC; RPI 305 (out of 334)
Erin Kinz, goalkeeper for Old Dominion (Lewiston-Porter)
Stats: No games
Team report: 7-12 overall, 5-5 in Conference USA; lost in CUSA quarterfinals; RPI 148 (out of 334)
Hannah Crofut, midfielder fo…
All-Western New York
Chosen by WNY coaches
Player of the Year: Pa Lu (I-Prep/Grover).
Coach of the Year: Frank Butcher (Grand Island).
Pos. Player School Yr.
F Noah Keem Sweet Home 12
F Garrett Robinson Grand Island 12
F Pa Lu I-Prep/Grover 12
F Sam Sutherland Clarence 12
F Jackson Retzer Wmsv. North 12
M Jake Gleave Grand Island…
*Liam Callahan, midfielder for Syracuse (Sweet Home, then Villanova - red-shirt)
Stats: 18 games (all starts), two goals, one assist, five points
Team report: 12-3-4 overall, 3-2-3 in ACC, lost in conference quarters to Clemson; lost to UNC in third round of NCAA Tourney; RPI 9 (out of 206)
*Braden Scales, midfielder for University at Buffalo (St. Joe's, re…
ALFRED STATE: 9-8 overall
Taryn Dechow, sophomore midfielder-defender from Randolph
Stats: 17 games (16 starts), no points
Stormi Kruger, senior defender from Medina
Stats: 16 games (12 starts), four goals, two assists, 10 points
Jenna Martin, sophomore midfielder-defender from Cattaraugus Little Valley
Stats: 11 games (one start), two goals, one assist, five p…
MEDAILLE MEN honored by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Lachlan Wilkinson - AMCC Co-Offensive Player of the Year; Newcomer of the Year; first-team selection
Why he stood out: The Australian freshman was showered in recognition by the conference after scoring 14 goals and adding seven assists. "Locky" overwhelmed defenders with his pace, scything runs and k…