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WNY Colleges: Bengals men's soccer nationally ranked for first time since 1984

After extending its undefeated streak to 10 games with last week's 1-0 win at Cortland, the Buffalo State men's soccer team was ranked 17th in the United Soccer Coaches national poll for NCAA Division III.

The Bengals (10-1-2) are nationally ranked for the first time since 1984. Cortland was ranked 19th while Oneonta, which will play at Buffalo State on Oct. 20, is ranked seventh.

Buffalo State will travel to the North Country for two State University of New York Athletic Conference games this week, at Plattsburgh on Friday at 3 p.m. and Potsdam on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Two Bengals, Luke Pavone and Andreas Queen were honored by the SUNYAC. Pavone was named Offensive Athlete of the Week and goalkeeper Queen was seleced Defensive Athlete of the week. Each was honored for the second time this season.

Freshman Noah Keem (Sweet Home) scored twice and assisted on another goal for Daemen in a 6-1 men's soccer victory over the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Tuesday at Karrer Field in Snyder. Daemen has now won three of its last five games and improved to 5-8-0 on the year.

In women's soccer, sophomore Jamie Boyar (Williamsville South) of Daemen was named East Coast Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after she scored two goals and added an assist in two games last week, a 1-0 win over Roberts Wesleyan and a 3-2 loss to Mercy College.

Boyar has seven goals and 16 points this season. She has started all 28 contests for Daemen since the start of the 2016 season and she has 13 goals, six assists and 32 points over her career.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic honored two Canisius women's volleyball players with weekly awards. Junior Sofia Lopez Acosta of Mexicali, Mexico was named Libero of the Week in the MAAC. Freshman Claire Leonard was named Rookie of the Week after she had 21 kills in a win over Manhattan and seven in a win at Iona.

St. Bonaventure freshman swimmer Lina Kutsko was named Women's Rookie of the Week by the Atlantic 10 Conference after she won all five individual events she entered in the Justin Jennings Memorial Invitational Meet at Colgate. She won the 100-yard butterfly in a St. Bonaventure record 55.37, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 200 individual medley and swam on three winning relays.

In hockey, Niagara freshman forward Eric Cooley was named Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week by the Atlantic Hockey Conference after he registered his first collegiate point, an assist in the Purple Eagles' 4-3 overtime upset of Robert Morris.



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