All it needed was a win to secure its first regular-season title. But the Daemen women's soccer team did more than win, it dominated -- defeating Fisher College of Boston, 9-0, at Amherst High to claim the American Mideast Conference title.
Janelle Masi paced the Wildcats' offense with two goals and four assists. Jessica Brand added two goals and an assist while Lindsay Miller had a goal and two assists.
The AMC uses the longo ranking system which takes into account things like strength of schedule, not just wins and losses, when seeding for its conference tournament. So despite winning the regular-season title, the Wildcats (15-3 overall, 11-1 AMC) are the No. 2 seed for the AMC tournament and will face No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex. Top-seeded Houghton hosts Point Park in the four-team tourney. The winners will meet in the finals for an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
Meanwhile in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs, Joey Ruderman (Maryvale) scored the winning goal with 1:52 left in the game to give Medaille a 2-1 win over D'Youville in a first-round matchup. Medaille (8-10) has won three straight games and advanced to the AMCC semifinals to play at top-seeded Penn State-Altoona on Nov. 2. D'Youville ended its season at 7-9-1.
*Cross Country: In its best finish ever in the Mid-American Conference championships, the University at Buffalo men's team finished third out of nine teams in Muncie, Ind. Senior John Inzina (Clarence) and sophomore Mike Pressler earned second-team All-MAC honors. Inzina finished eighth in 24:47.0 for the 8K race while Pressler took 12th in 24:51.7. Senior Dylan Conway just missed making the all-conference team as he finished 15th in 24:56.9.
"The men ran a very strong race," said UB coach Vicki Mitchell. "John Inzina has proven he is a MAC competitor. He rises above at every MAC Championship, whether it be cross country or track. Mike Pressler had his breakthrough MAC meet and Dylan Conway showed his leadership that has brought the team along this season with his highest place ever at the MAC Championships. We are extremely proud of the men's performance. It was a true team effort."
The UB women placed 10th in the 12-team field, led by sophomore Katie Sanders, who took 48th out of 95 runners. She finished the 6K course in 22:46.1.
In the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships at Beaver Island, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, won both the men's and women's events. D'Youville had the best showing of the local schools with a fourth-place finish for its women's team while the Medaille men were fifth. Maria Fusco paced the Spartans with a time of 27:56 on the 6K course to place 13th overall while Brandon Rebert placed 26th in the 8K in 31:32 for the Mavs.