Numerous games against nationally ranked opponents highlight the coming week in Western New York college athletics. This week’s College Power 10:
1. UB football: The Bulls’ overtime win over Army Saturday was their biggest upset – from a point-spread standpoint – in more than seven years. UB was a 13-point underdog against Army but won, 23-20, by rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit. The last time UB had an upset win that large was the school’s greatest football win ever – the 42-24 triumph over 12th-ranked Ball State in the 2008 Mid-American Conference title game. UB was a 15-point underdog that day.
2. Erie CC football: Quarterback Sam Castronova (Williamsville South) threw four TD passes in the Kats’ 42-28 victory over Brockport’s JV. Castronova became the first ECC QB with 2,000-plus yards & 20-plus TDs in a career.
Erie (3-1) plays host to Lackawanna County at noon Saturday. Lackawanna (4-0) is ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. It is averaging 55 ppg. This will be the highest-ranked team Erie ever has hosted. (The previous top-ranked team was No. 5 Georgia Military in 2007.) Castronova, who’s building a nice resume to move to a four-year school next season, has nine TD passes and three INTs on the season.
The Lackawanna team includes linebacker Brad Zaffram, the Canisius High product who was a three-time Buffalo News first-team All-WNY selection.
3. Buffalo State football: Stephen Johnson (McKinley) caught four passes for 147 yards and a TD to help the Bengals beat Morrisville State, 40-24. The Bengals (2-1) visit St. John Fisher, ranked 14th in Division III, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Fisher (4-0) rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit last week to beat Brockport. Buffalo State senior Aaron Ertel (Depew) threw for 255 yards while subbing for injured QB Kyle Hoppy (Orchard Park). Ertel starts again this week for Hoppy, who is out indefinitely.
4. Erie CC women’s soccer: Abbey Lombard (Lancaster) had seven goals and an assist in two matches last week to lead the Kats to wins over Niagara CCC and Hudson Valley. Lombard has 20 goals and seven assists, making her the leading Division III Juco scorer in the nation. Erie is ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll. It plays host to No. 5 Genesee CC at 3 p.m. Thursday.
5. Erie CC men’s soccer: The Kats (9-0) broke into the NJCAA Division III poll at No. 10 after wins over Niagara CCC and Hudson Valley. Kovan Dalil (Kenmore West) had three goals and Bassam Harhara (Lackawanna) two in the wins. Erie has a big home game at 5 p.m. Thursday against Genesee CC, ranked No. 4.
6. Daemen cross country: Kevin Roginson, a junior from Williamsville North, scored the first race victory of his career when he won the Harry F. Anderson Invitational, an 8K race at Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester. Roginson finished in 25:32.6 in a field of 213. He cut more than 50 seconds off his previous best 8K time. In the women’s race, Mackenzie Donahue (East Aurora) placed third and Amy Trabert (Amherst) was fourth for Daemen as the Wildcats placed third out of 21 women’s teams. Donahue ran the 5K in 18:28.5, Trabert in 18:32.4.
7. UB men’s soccer: The Bulls retained the Big 4 Shield for the second straight season thanks to a 2-1 win over St. Bonaventure. The Big 4 Shield is like a wrestling championship belt. It transfers when the team that holds it loses to a Big 4 opponent. Russell Cicerone scored his 11th goal of the season. UB (8-2) visits Duquesne Saturday.
8. Buffalo State women’s soccer: Taylor Carillo extended her shutout streak to 349 minutes and 55 seconds as Buffalo State edged Brockport, 1-0. The Bengals (6-1-2) play host to Fredonia at 1 p.m. Saturday. Carillo, a freshman from Pine Bush (near Poughkeepsie), has four shutouts. Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield) scored two goals and two assists in three games last week. She’s the reigning conference player of the year.
9. Buffalo State men’s soccer: Bass Starr, a sophomore from New York City, pushed his season goals total to eight with two scores in the Bengals’ 2-0 win over Brockport. Buffalo State (7-2-1) visits Fredonia (6-2-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
10. Canisius women’s rowing: The Griffs won the varsity eight and the varsity four races in a regatta that included UB and D’Youville on Tonawanda Creek. The Canisius eight included: Patricia Beaulieu, Molly Murphy, Kathryn Hobika, Jessica Fabian, Brooke Stanley, Kira Voyer, Sydney Bichsel, Alexandra Heinz, and Kaitlyn Taylor.