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College Power 10: Impact freshman Abbey Lombard leads Erie CC women's soccer

Erie Community College soccer player Abbey Lombard has 22 goals in 11 games and ranks third in the nation in scoring among Division III junior college players.

Lombard and her team top this week’s College Power 10:

1. Erie CC women’s soccer: Lombard took a pass from Sam Carey and scored a minute into the second overtime last week to give the Kats a 1-0 upset victory over Genesee CC. Erie stands 10-1 and this week moved up from No. 7 to No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll. Genesee dropped from No. 3 to No. 7.

Lombard is a freshman from Lancaster, and her hot start is no surprise to Erie CC coach Gary Boughton.

“I’ve been recruiting Abbey since she was a junior at Lancaster,” Boughton said. “I saw a ton of potential in her in terms of athleticism and goal-scoring ability. I told her right from the start she could blossom into a star as a freshman.”

Lombard was not an All-Western New York pick. She made first team all-ECIC as a junior and senior.

“I think it’s less of a knock on Abbey and more a testament to how strong girls high school soccer is in Western New York,” Boughton said. “That’s one of the reasons why I’m trying to build this team locally and take the best players from this area.”

Alex Zentz (Fredonia) made seven saves against Genesee to get her third shutout of the season. Erie CC added an 8-1 win over Niagara CCC on Sunday.

2. St. Bona men’s golf. The Bonnies won the team title in the Little Three Championship for the 39th time in 63 tries. Then Monday they won Binghamton’s 16-team, two-day invitational with their best single-day score in program history. The Bonnies finished 10-under 278, besting the mark of 280 set in 2005-06. Top Bonnie was Corey Long, who placed ninth out of 90.

3. Canisius golfer David Hanes. The freshman from Elma and St. Francis High won individual honors at the Little Three Championship by shooting 75-66 to finish 3-under at Springville Country Club. The win gives Hanes a berth in the 2017 Porter Cup field.

4. UB men’s soccer. The Bulls (8-2-1) earned a road draw with Duquesne, 0-0. Junior goalkeeper Joseph Kuta made five saves and earned his seventh shutout of the season. He ranks third in program history. With 11 goals, UB’s Russell Cicerone remains tied for the national lead.

“We came to a difficult place and played a team that was ranked 16th in the latest RPI polls,” UB coach Stu Riddle said after the match. “We defended like men and created enough good chances to win the match.”

5. Fredonia State men’s soccer. The Blue Devils won a showdown with Buffalo State, 3-2, to improve to 8-2-1. A one-timer by Ryan Keller (East Aurora) in the 86th minute decided it. David Trabold and Parker Healy (East Aurora) also scored for Fredonia. Bass Sarr scored his ninth goal for the Bengals.

6. Buffalo State women’s soccer. Senior Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield) scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Fredonia. The Bengals stand 8-1-2 after dominating Allegheny Tuesday. The win pushed goalkeeper Taylor Carillo’s shutout streak to 529 minutes, 55 seconds.

7. Buffalo State football. The Bengals stay in the Power 10 despite a 28-24 loss at St. John Fisher, ranked No. 14 in the nation in Division III. Fisher needed a TD with 4:28 left to slip past the Bengals, who held a 472-368 yardage advantage. The Bengals (2-2) visit Cortland Saturday. Cortland (3-2) lost three weeks ago to Fisher, 31-24.

8. Canisius women’s soccer. The Griffs went 2-0 last week, beating Niagara (4-0) and Manhattan (1-0). It was the Griffs’ first regular-season win over Niagara since 2008.

9. Canisius men’s soccer. The Griffs won at Manhattan, 1-0, to stretch its unbeaten streak to four straight.

10. Erie CC football. That Kats’ hung tough with nationally ranked Lackawanna (Pa.) County, losing by 34-17. Erie is at the College of DuPage in Illinois this week.


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