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UB's Cicerone chosen as Mid-American Conference Player of the Year

The accolades keep piling up for University at Buffalo midfielder Russell Cicerone.

After being selected to the All-Mid-American Conference squad the last two years, the junior has been dubbed the conference's player of the year on Thursday in a vote by MAC coaches.

Whether he's sliced up and down the left wing or assumed a free role behind the striker, Cicerone has been wildly productive throughout his Bulls career, but most spectacularly in 2015. He ranks seventh in the nation in points (30), paces the MAC in goals (11) and points, and ranks second in assists (8).

The last Buffalo Bull to be named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year was Steve Butcher in 1999.

The Bloomfield, Mich. native's most meaningful goal was the game-winner against Bowling Green that clinched a trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament, a marvelous individual effort in the waning moments of the match punctuated by a flying karate kick of the corner flag.

Cicerone was also the Bulls' lone selection on the All-MAC first team, while sophomore defender Nick Forrester and midfielder-forward Marcus Hanson were chosen to the second team.

The Bulls face Western Michigan at 4 p.m. Friday at the University of Akron in the MAC Tournament.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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