The University at Buffalo’s Katie Roberts, the Mid-American Conference’s scoring co-leader, was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals last weekend in a pair of victories that secured the second regular-season conference title in UB women’s soccer history. Roberts has a league-high 10 goals to go with three assists. UB plays its regular-season finale at 3 p.m. Thursday against visiting Akron.
On the men’s side, UB sophomore Russell Cicerone was named the conference’s top performer of the week for totaling four goals and two assists in victories over St. Bonaventure and Northern Illinois.
Caher aims to repeat: Kerry Caher, the only all-Atlantic 10 performer in the history of women’s cross country at St. Bonaventure, will look to repeat at Saturday’s conference championship in Pittsburgh. Caher, a junior from Clifton Park, has won three races this fall and is a four-time A-10 Performer of the Week. A top-15 finish earns all-conference status. Caher placed 13th last season as Bona was 11th in the team standing, its best finish ever on the conference meet.
Daemen’s Beverly cited: In men’s basketball, Daemen’s Gerald Beverly has been named the East Coast Conference co-Preseason Player of the Year along with Damien Davis of Dowling. Beverly averaged 18.9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks last season. The Wildcats, the defending ECC champions, were picked third in the preseason poll.
Finishing kick for NU: Niagara women’s soccer can secure the No. 2 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a victory today over visiting Marist coupled with a Fairfield loss. The Purple Eagles are 9-2-5, including a 7-1-1 record at Niagara Field. They’re guaranteed of finishing no worse than fourth, which means they’ll be home Saturday for the opening round of the MAAC Tournament. Peter Veltri, Niagara’s 16th-year coach, recorded his 150th win earlier this season.
Geneseo honors Coleman: Buffalo native Aaron Coleman from the Class of 2001 recently was among four athletes inducted into the Geneseo College Sports Hall of Fame. Coleman finished his hockey career as the Knights’ No. 10 all-time scorer with 158 points despite missing his junior season because of injury. The 1998 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, Coleman became one of only four players in Geneseo history to total at least 50 points in three seasons.