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5 big Buffalo soccer results from Oct. 21-23

Buffalo State women's soccer was the big winner of the weekend, clinching the SUNYAC regular season title for the second straight year by getting revenge on Oneonta in overtime Friday.

Nick DeMarsh's Bengals weren't the only local side to carve out a meaningful result; we visited Amherst later Friday night to see Stu Riddle's UB Bulls draw Western Michigan, 1-1, on a 90th-minute Russell Cicerone equalizer.

Here are five more worth noting:

1) Fredonia men top favored Oneonta on the road: Poor weather conditions did little to derail a brilliant match between Fredonia and Oneonta, as the Blue Devils held on after Ryan Ross and Bryan Sibble put the visitors up two, eventually winning 2-1. The Red Dragons out-shot their foes 23-9, but Fredonia's Ty Bentham stopped nine shots to keep Oneonta at bay.

The SUNYAC playoff race came down to the final day, and Fredonia's dramatic victory, combined with losses by Potsdam and Geneseo, vaulted them to the No. 3 seed.

If I were a SUNYAC soccer historian, I'd look up the last time Buffalo State and Fredonia hosted home playoff matches on the same day. Unfortunately, the Division III conference's resources are scarce on the web. Stay tuned for our "5 home college matches to watch" post coming early this week.

[Related: Look back at the big results from last weekend]

NJCAA men's soccer bracket for Region 3.

NJCAA men's soccer bracket for Region 3.

2) Erie Community College men drop Mohawk Valley Community College: Losers of three of four down the stretch, head coach John Grabowski's Kats dug deep to down MVCC, 2-1, in the season finale, clinching a playoff berth.

Although Mohawk Valley scored inside of 20 minutes, ECC's Kovan Dalil (Riverside) tied the match before Majed Mohamed (Lackawanna) won it in the 89th. The Kats will be the No. 5 seed in the NJCAA Region III Tournament; they'll visit Cayuga Community College on Oct. 26.

3) Canisius men nip Monmouth in New Jersey: Even though the home Hawks have fallen well short of expectations this season, the Griffs visited New Jersey and left with three points behind goals from Mo Kretschmer and Melvin Blair.

Canisius midfielder Mathew Santos added another assist, giving him a goal and two helpers in the two-game MAAC win streak. Back from an injury suffered against Marist, Griffs goalkeeper Marco Trivellato made two stops in the victory.

The Griffs still have three conference tilts remaining - at Siena, home against Fairfield and then a potentially massive match against rival Niagara in the Battle of the Bridge on Nov. 2 in Lewiston.

Although I'm sure Dermot McGrane would prefer otherwise, it's possible the Griffs would need a win or a draw from that contest to secure a spot in the conference's top six.

Canisius' Melvin Blair came through in the clutch to beat MAAC foe Monmouth on the road. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Canisius' Melvin Blair came through in the clutch to beat MAAC foe Monmouth on the road. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

4) UB women draw Mid-American's top team: Shawn Burke's Bulls nearly topped this list, but UB conceded a goal to Central Michigan with 15 seconds left, settling for a 1-1 tie on Senior Day. In what's become a common theme, Bulls forward Carissima Cutrona scored the team's only goal, her 10th of the season, which ties her for third among MAC scorers.

Over the last 15 years, Cutrona is only the third Bull to score double-figure goals. Katie Roberts potted 12 in 2014, while Emily Russell struck for 15 in 2003. Cutrona has two regular season matches and potentially playoff contests to challenge their totals.

Seven Bulls, including regular starters Angel Hart, Celina Carrero, Andrea Niper (who dropped a pretty dime below) and Ashley Evans, played what will likely be their final match at UB Stadium.

5) Erie Community College women ride second-half goals past Mohawk Valley CC: The second-leading scorer among NJCAA Division III women's soccer schools, ECC's Abbey Lombard, got the Kats off on the right foot, then Chrissy Longe and Brea Borynski put away MVCC. ECC won 10 of its last 11 matches, scoring five or more goals in seven of those victories.

Gary Boughton's team will host Delta College on Tuesday - the two teams did not meet during the regular season. Should ECC advance, the Kats will likely face Finger Lakes Community College, one of two foes to take three points from the Orchard Park side.

PROPS: Canisius women clinch playoff berth in the MAAC - By beating St. Peter's on Melanie Linsmair's goal midweek, the Canisius College women's soccer team sealed a trip to the postseason in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Although there's no chance at a first-round bye, the Griffs can host a playoff match if they beat Siena at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and neither Quinnipiac nor Marist win their final games. The comfy confines of Demske might be useful in a first-round clash, as Todd Clark's team is 0-4 against the other MAAC playoff sides.

The Griffs last made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in 2014, losing to Niagara in the first round.

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