St. Bonaventure is not rebuilding, just reloading this basketball season.
That’s the clear viewpoint of the Atlantic 10 Conference coaches and selected media, who picked the Bonnies fifth out of 14 in the conference’s preseason poll. The Bonnies top this week’s College Power 10.
1. Bona basketball. Bona graduated two of its best players in the past 20 years when Marcus Posley and Dion Wright finished their careers. Yet Bona got plenty of respect in the A10 poll. Bona junior guard Jay Adams was a preseason first-team all-conference pick, which is no surprise since he was a first-team pick after last season. The Bonnies finished in a three-way tie for first last year at 14-4. It was their first-ever A10 regular-season crown.
Joining Adams on the A10’s top five are Davidson’s Jack Gibbs, George Washington’s Tyler Cavanaugh, Richmond’s T.J. Cline and Dayton’s Charles Cooke. The poll (with vote totals):
1. Dayton 374. 2. Rhode Island 370. 3. VCU 340. 4. Davidson 302. 5. St. Bonaventure 246. 6. Richmond 236. 7. LaSalle 234. 8. George Washington 195. St. Joseph’s 161. 10. Massachusetts 147. 11. Fordham 124. 12. George Mason 83. 13. Duquesne 73. 14. St. Louis 55.
2. Canisius’ Phil Valenti. The senior forward was named to the preseason third-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Canisius was picked to finish ninth out of 11. Niagara was picked to finish 10th out of 11.
3. UB men’s soccer. The Bulls improved to 9-3-1 with a 2-1 win at West Virginia. The first career goal of Scott Doney was the winner for UB, which has its most wins since the 2008 season (12-4-4). UB plays a big Mid-American Conference game at 7 p.m. Friday vs. Western Michigan.
4. Buffalo State women’s soccer. Someone finally scored on the Bengals. A goal by Potsdam in the 83rd minute on Sunday ended the school-record scoreless streak of Bengals freshman goaltender Taylor Carillo at 871 minutes, 56 seconds. Nevertheless, the Bengals cruised to a 3-1 win, their ninth straight. Buffalo State is ranked 22nd the nation in Division III.
5. Buffalo State football. The Bengals rolled to a 27-0 non-conference win over winless Alfred State. Buffalo State is 4-2 overall, 2-2 in the Empire 8 Conference. Now the schedule gets tougher. The Bengals play host to Utica (5-2, 3-2) at noon Saturday. Utica upset previously unbeaten St. John Fisher, 23-6, on Saturday. Utica has the top-ranked pass defense in the Empire 8.
6. Erie CC football. The Kats’ defense had five interceptions and returned two for touchdowns in a 39-19 win over ASA College in Brooklyn. Erie also had four sacks. Erie (5-2) needs one more win to ensure a second straight winning season under second-year coach Scott Pilkey. The Kats’ two losses are to teams that are a combined 13-1 and both are in the national top 20. Erie has 18 interceptions on the season, fifth in the nation. Sophomore Christian Cheatom (Lackawanna) has five. Erie plays at the Alfred JV at 1 p.m. Sunday.
7. Erie CC volleyball. Kalee Martin has 88 blocks on the season, which ranks second in the nation. Erie also stands second nationally as a team in blocks. Martin, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Cheektowaga, was a third-team all-region selection last year and totaled 69 blocks. This year she has 88 after getting 35 in five matches last week. The Kats are 14-9 with the regional playoffs upcoming. The Kats were 8-20-2 last year.
8. Canisius’ Siobhan Quinn. The sophomore won the Canisius Alumni Classic cross country meet with a 5K time of 17:54. Griff Brennan Root was fifth among the men in 25:02.
9. Canisius hockey. Geoff Fortman’s goal gave the Griffs a 2-1 overtime win over Alaska in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament.
10. Erie CC women’s soccer. The Kats beat Jamestown CC, 5-1, and lost to Broome CC, 2-0, last week.