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College Power 10: UB swimmer Megan Burns rules MAC

The University at Buffalo’s Megan Burns was named swimmer of the year in the Mid-American Conference for her dominating performance at the championship meet in Oxford, Ohio. Burns leads this week’s College Power 10.

1. UB’s Megan Burns. The junior from Rochester won three individual events and helped UB to victory in two relays. She took the 50 free in a UB and MAC-record 22.04. It was her third straight MAC title in the event. She also won the 100 free in a school-record 48.14 and the 200 free in 1:46.07. Burns was part of the winning 200 free relay and 800 free relay teams. Burns helped the UB women to a third-place finish, their highest ever at the meet.

2. Canisius hockey. The Griffs, picked for ninth out of 11 before the season, won the regular-season title in the Atlantic Hockey Conference for the first time in their 19 years in the league. Canisius (18-4-6) beat Mercyhurst, 4-0, then clinched first when second-place Air Force lost in overtime Saturday to ninth-place Sacred Heart. The top five in the AHC get a first-round tournament bye. Top-seeded Canisius will play the lowest remaining seed in a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 10-12 at HarborCenter. The semifinals and finals are March 17-18 in Rochester.

Canisius senior Charles Williams remains No. 1 in the nation in save percentage (.944) and is No. 2 in goals-against average (1.83). Canisius is No. 25 in the Ratings Percentage Index and No. 23 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.

3. Medaille men’s basketball. The Mavericks (21-6) earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament by cruising to a 74-56 victory over Pittsburgh’s LaRoche to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Mavericks play Susquehanna (21-5) in the first round of the 32-team D-3 tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Selinsgrove, Pa. Leading Medaille (21-6) in the title game were: Meghale Ford (24 points), Mike Hollenbeck (14 points, 12 rebounds), Johnathan Belton (10 points, four steals) and Justice Fagan (10 points). Susquehanna tied for the regular-season title in the Landmark Conference but lost in that league’s semifinals. It earned an at-large bid.

4. UB indoor track & field. Six Bulls earned titles at the MAC championships in Ypsilanti, Mich. The UB men placed third, their highest finish ever. The UB women were fifth. Joshua Gali was named most outstanding track athlete after winning titles in the 200 meters (21.39) and the 400 meters (47.51). He also was part of the winning 4x400 relay team with Gyasi Morris, Craig Kaiser (Lancaster) and Mitchell Moore. Mike Morgan, who missed last season with an injury, won the heptathlon. Ryan Billian won the 60-meter hurdles. Devon Patterson (Williamsville South) won the shot put for UB.

5. St. Bona men’s basketball. The Bonnies have a strong grip on fifth place in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference heading into the final week of the regular season. Bona’s Matt Mobley, who scored 51 points in two games last week, was named co-player of the week with Rhode Island’s Jared Terrell.

6. Villa Maria basketball. Both the Villa men and women qualified for the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national tournament in Uniontown, Pa. The USCAA is an alliance of small colleges and includes 53 schools at the D-2 level. The Villa women (17-8) are the No. 6 seed in an eight-team field. Shaquana Owens (Tapestry Charter) averages 22.5 ppg. The men (16-13), averaging 88 ppg, are the No. 8 seed in a 10-team field. Eric Waters (Oracle Charter) leads the team at 17.1 ppg.

7. Daemen’s Mackenzie Donahue. The senior from East Aurora High won the 3,000- and 5,000- meter races at the East Coast Conference Championships in Staten Island. Donahue broke her own ECC meet records, running 10:10.71 in the 3K and 17:00.75 in the 5K. She’s 11th in the nation in Division II in the 5K. Daemen junior Kevin Roginson (Williamsville North) won the 5,000 in a meet-record 15:45.21.

8. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats (18-8) finished the regular season with two wins and earned the No. 4 seed in the ECC. Daemen hosts No. 5 District of Columbia (14-12) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

9. Niagara CCC basketball. The Niagara CCC men (22-5) have the top seed for the Region III playoffs, which they host starting Friday. The Niagara CCC women (25-4) earned the No. 2 seed for the Region III playoffs and meet No. 3 Erie CC in a semifinal on March 4.

10. 1,000-point scorers. Daemen senior Leah McDonell (Cardinal O’Hara) finished her career with 1,005 points, becoming the 24th player in school history to cross the 1,000 mark. She totaled 511 rebounds, 258 assists and 120 steals in 105 career games. Daemen senior Natalie Galus (Frontier) finished with 965 points and 646 rebounds. . . . D’Youville senior Jean-Ann Korona finished her career with 1,065 points, becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000.

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