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College Power 10: Canisius lax's Erica Evans tied for national lead in goals

Canisius College lacrosse star Erica Evans moved into a tie for the national lead in goal scoring over the weekend. Evans leads this week’s College Power 10.

1. Erica Evans. The junior from Peterborough, Ont., has 57 goals in 15 games. She scored four times in a 22-4 Golden Griffins’ rout of Quinnipiac on Saturday. Evans is tied with Louisville’s Hannah Koloski and Lafayette’s Kirsten Wilhemsen in total goals. As a sophomore last season, Evans ranked third in the nation with 72 goals in 20 games.

Canisius stretched its regular-season winning streak in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to 22 straight games. The Griffs are 11-4 overall and 6-0 in conference. Canisius’ Tessa Chad ranks 34th in the nation in goals with 39. Griff Lauren Smolensky leads the MAAC in assists with 34 and stands 16th in the nation in assists per game at 2.27.

2. Daemen’s Mackenzie Donahue. The senior from East Aurora ran the fastest Division II 10,000-meter time in the nation. She set a school record of 35:35.11 at Friday’s Brockport Golden Eagle Invite. The time was almost a minute better than Donahue’s previous personal best of 36:31.71 set a year ago. She placed 13th at the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division II indoor championships in Alabama on March 9. Donahue competed at the Division II national championships in cross country in 2015.

3. UB men’s tennis. The University at Buffalo team stands 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since 2011-12. The Bulls swept the MAC weekly awards last week. Freshman Villhelm Fridell was named the MAC singles player of the week. Fridell and junior Petr Vodak were named the doubles team of the week. Fridell, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, stands 17-7 playing mostly at fourth singles. The duo of Fridell and Vodak stands 6-1 at second doubles. UB has home matches at 3 p.m. Friday against Ball State and 10 a.m. Sunday against Northern Illinois.

4. Erie CC’s Courtney Guzda. The sophomore lacrosse player from West Seneca East stands tied for third in the nation among junior college players in goals with 19. Erie (4-4) has won four of its last five after defeating Genesee CC and Mohawk Valley CC last week. Guzda scored 11 goals in the win over Mohawk Valley. Erie’s Hannah Clarkson (Sweet Home) has 17 goals. There are 19 women’s programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

5. Buffalo State’s Benjamin Ezike. He won the triple jump in 46 feet, 8 inches, 14th best in the nation in Division III this spring, at the Towson (Md.) Invitational. He also won the long jump, in 21-10. Buffalo State’s Cody Sikora (North Tonawanda) placed third in the 800 in 48.35, ninth best in D-III.

6. Medaille’s Amanda Ruszczyk. The senior lacrosse player from West Seneca East has scored 38 goals in 11 games to help the Mavericks to a 9-2 start.

7. Niagara CCC’s Jamal Pollydore and Taliyah Hopkins. Pollydore was named NJCAA Division II second-team All-America. He averaged 16.2 ppg. Hopkins (Cheektowaga) made third-team All-America. She averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.

8. UB’s Vinny Mallaro. The senior designated hitter on the Bulls’ baseball team had a school-record nine runs batted in during the Bulls’ 21-20 loss at Toledo Saturday. Mallaro went 3 for 4 with two home runs, both of them three-run blasts. Mallaro is batting .322 and leads the Bulls with 31 RBI in 32 games.

9. UB’s Chantal Martinez Blanco. The sophomore improved to 17-11 in singles and continued her strong season with Anna Savchenko in doubles. They improved to 14-5, mostly at second doubles.

10. Jamestown CC. The school will serve as host for the NJCAA Division III golf championship at Chautauqua Golf Club’s Lake Course for the 18th straight year June 6-9. The NJCAA last week awarded Chautauqua’s Lake Course the tournament for another three years, through 2020. Chautauqua’s Lake Course was laid out by legendary designer Donald Ross in 1921.

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