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College Power 10: Soccer season was great for WNY

Great seasons by the University at Buffalo men’s soccer team and the Erie Community College women’s soccer team came to a close on Sunday. They share the top of this week’s College Power 10.

1 (tie). UB men’s soccer. The Bulls (12-4-3) lost for a second straight year to Akron in the Mid-American Conference title game. The 2-1 decision earned Akron a fifth straight MAC title and a berth in the 48-team NCAA Tournament. UB finished with its most wins since 2005.

UB senior Russell Cicerone scored the lone UB goal to finish with 14 on the season. Cicerone ended his career first in program history in assists (22), second in goals (42) and second in points (106). He finished second in the nation in points per game and seventh in goals per game.

1 (tie). Erie CC women’s soccer. The Kats (17-3-1) finished with their best record ever after losing to No. 1-ranked Broome CC, 3-0, in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III title game in Fall River, N.J. Two of Erie’s losses were to Broome.

Erie CC freshman Abbey Lombard (Lancaster) finished the season second in the nation in goals with 36, behind only Broome’s Kaelyn Michitti, who had 44. Erie freshman Sam Carey (Iroquois) had 15 assists (fifth in Division III) and 11 goals. Sophomore Chrissy Alonge (Williamsville North) had 14 goals and nine assists.

3. UB cross country. Stephanie Ward became the first UB freshman to earn all-region honors with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet in the Bronx. She averaged 5:41 a mile and finished in 21:08.30. UB’s women placed 12th out of 37, second best in program history. Canisius’ Siobhan Quinn was 28th. UB’s men placed eighth out of 35, also second best in program history. UB’s Barrett Kemp was 37th at 31:36.68.

4. UB men’s basketball. The Bulls signed three recruits in the early signing period. They are 6-3 point guard Jayvon Graves of Akron, Ohio; 6-7 junior-college wing Jeremy Harris of Greensboro, N.C.; and 6-4 shooting guard James Reese of Columbia, S.C.

Graves attends LeBron James’ alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary. He picked UB over Toledo and Fordham. Harris, who plays at Gulf Coast (Fla.) State College, was rated the No. 8 player in North Carolina coming out of high school. Reese led his team, A.C. Flora, to the 3A state championship last season.

5. UB women’s basketball. UB added two early signees: Hannah Hall of Hamilton, Ont., and Marissa Hamilton of Ellicottville. Hall is a 5-4 point guard who led her team to two straight provincial titles. She played for the U17 Canadian national team that competed in the FIBA World Championships in Spain in past June. Hamilton is a 5-11 shooter who averaged 21.3 ppg last season.

6. Alfred football. The Saxons (10-0), ranked 15th in the nation in Division III, won the Empire 8 Conference. Alfred faces Bridgewater (Mass.) State Saturday in the first round of the Division III playoffs. Junior Maleke Fuentes (Olean) ranks second on the Saxons in rushing with 818 yards. Junior linebacker A.J. Licata (Frontier) leads with 110 tackles, and junior Jared Watkins (Cleveland Hill) leads the secondary.

7. Buffalo State women’s soccer. The Bengals (17-1-3) lost on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie with Montclair State in the first round of the Division III tournament. It was a school-record win total for the Bengals. Senior Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield) led the State University of New York Athletic Conference with 15 goals, seven assists and eight game-winning goals.

8. Canisius’ Thomas Teupen. The senior soccer player was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defensive player of the year. The 6-4 native of Munster, Germany, was a second-team MAAC pick the previous two years.

9. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats scored two weekend wins, defeating Caldwell (75-64) and Dominican (60-49).

10. Erie CC women’s basketball. The Kats won the Niagara National Insurance Invite with wins over Columbus State and Cuyahoga.

Email: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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