Making the grade: UB senior wrestler Max Soria is one of 35 athletes to make Academic all-Mid-American Conference. Soria posted a 3.238 grade-point average in social sciences while accumulating a 21-8 record on the mat. He led the team in takedowns (33), pins (seven), riding-time points (six) and three-point near falls (five). Soria finished with a career record of 81-54. He’s ninth on the school’s all-time takedown list with 104.
All-MAC softball: UB senior Alexis Curtiss earned first-team honors and Leandra Jew was named to the all-Freshman Team. Curtiss batted .429 and led the MAC with 22 doubles, which ranks her in the top five nationally. Jew batted .260 and stood out defensively in center field.
Weekly nod: UB sophomore Brent Cleland is the MAC East Pitcher of the Week. In Friday’s win over Kent State, Cleland pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out 12, the team season-high.
Conference stars: Hilbert senior Sean Purtill (Orchard Park) and sophomore Nathaniel Hyman (Lancaster) are first-team All-NEAC in lacrosse. Purtill totaled 24 goals and 21 assists while finishing eighth in conference scoring. Hyman had nine goals and ranked ninth in the NEAC with 52 ground balls. Hilbert’s second-team selections were junior Roland Jimerson, senior Drew Ulbrich (Lancaster) and sophomore Brenden Deady. Third-teamers are seniors Elliott Russillo (Lancaster) and Adam McCulle (Angola).
Bengals on All-SUNYAC: Second baseman Stephanie Novo (Depew) and utility player Alexis Haley of Buffalo State were first-team All-SUNYAC softball selections. Outfielder Joanna Bardak (Amherst) and third baseman Taylor Swiatek (Orchard Park) made the second team. Novo led the conference with eight home runs and committed just three errors in 167 chances. Bardak led the Bengals with a .416 batting average, including 19 extra-base hits. Swiatek had a 23-game hit streak during the season.
Buffalo State finished the season 18-17 overall and qualified for the SUNYAC playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Women’s lacrosse honors: Buffalo State’s Sarah Lorusso (Frontier) and Alanna Herne (Tonawanda) were second-team picks and Cassie Saint received third-team honors on the all-SUNYAC women’s lacrosse teams.
Bengals at SUNYACs: The Buffalo State men and women’s teams each finished fifth Saturday in the SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Brockport State. Among the men, Austin Becker set a meet record by winning the 800 meters in 1:50.98. Cory Cox won the long jump at 23-5½. On the women’s side, Jazmin Dunham won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.29, the sixth fastest time in NCAA Division III entering the weekend. Treasure Glymph cleared 38 feet, 3½ inches in the triple jump and Sasa Vann won the 400 in 56.87 seconds.
On the river: UB’s Varsity Four “B” boat with Melissa Stein, Jillian Michael, Joy Ene, Savannah Howland and Ellie Bortiatynski won the Petite Final at the Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., on Sunday.
Bonnies move on: Given new life thanks to Saint Louis’ three-game weekend sweep of UMass, St. Bonaventure has the No. 6 seed for the Atlantic 10 softball championships and will face No. 3 Fordham on Wednesday afternoon in the opener of the double-elimination tournament at UMass. Bona and Fordham split two games this season.