The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. Medaille men's soccer: With a title on the line and 110 minutes of soccer behind him, goalkeeper Callum Christie stepped up on both sides of the pitch. He scored the go-ahead goal in the seventh round of penalty kicks and made the subsequent game-winning save to lift the third-seeded Mavericks past top-seed Penn State-Benrend in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship game. The AMCC crown is the first for Medaille since 2012 and sends the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament. Medaille will face No. 19 Otterbein in the first round Saturday.
2. Canisius men's soccer: The Golden Griffins made the most of their first trip to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, downing Iona 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Alex Grattarola scored in the 26th minute off a free-kick restart, while goalkeeper Marco Trivellato recorded his Canisius record 10th win of the season. Canisius, the third seed in the tournament, heads to second-seeded Rider Thursday for the semifinal round.
3. Fredonia men's hockey: Jimmy Morgan scored his second goal of the game with six minutes and change left in the third period to give the Blue Devils a 4-3 victory against No. 5/6 and previously undefeated Geneseo. The victory was Fredonia's first of the season and pushed the team to 1-1 in the SUNYAC.
4. Tyler Zelinski: The freshman QB set the ECC record for passing yards Saturday, throwing for 367 yards in the Kats' 48-42 victory against Nassau CC. The Medina, Ohio, native accounted for six touchdowns, four through the air and two on the ground.
5. UB women's volleyball: The Bulls won 28 of their 31 matches and all 10 of their doubles matches at the UB Invitational this weekend. St. John's, Rutgers and Binghamton all competed in the event.
6. Dominic Douglas: Villa Maria basketball's junior forward scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Vikings' wire-to-wire victory against Madonna. He's averaging 25 points per game after Villa Maria's 2-0 start to the season.
7. UB women's swimming: The Bulls moved to 2-0 with a 161-139 victory at Ohio U. on Saturday. UB won five individual events, including a career-best 2:02.91 from Olivia Sapio (Orchard Park) in the 200 backstroke.
8. Niagara women's volleyball: The Purple Eagles won twice over the weekend, a 3-2 victory against Siena on Saturday and 3-1 victory against Marist on Sunday, to earn a first-round bye in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Niagara will close its regular season this weekend with Fairfield and Quinnipiac.
9. Noah Keem: The Sweet Home grad is the first Daemen men's soccer player to earn All-East Coast Conference honors. He was named to the third-team after leading the Wildcats in goals (nine) and points (22) in his freshman season.
10. St. Bonaventure men's soccer: The Bonnies needed an upset victory against No. 22 VCU to make the Atlantic-10 Tournament, and Nicola Bonso gave them that with a goal in the 59th minute on Wednesday. The 2-1 win secuired Bona's first trip to the A-10 tourney since 2010. Unfortunately, the season was ended with a 4-1 loss in a post-season rematch with VCU Sunday.
Honorable mention: Fredonia women's volleyball defeated Geneseo in the SUNYAC semifinals but fell to Brockport in the final. ... Donel Cathcart scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in No. 15 Niagara CCC men's basketball's season opening win against Lakeland. ... Niagara men's hockey stayed unbeaten in Atlantic Hockey with a win and tie with Bentley. ... Kyle Hoppy threw a late touchdown to Had Bryant to lift Buffalo State football over Hartwick, 24-20. ... Hilbert runner Megan Lee and Daemen's Rachel Luczak (Tonawanda) and Kathryn Piraino were named to the All-AMCC team. ... Medaille women's bowling narrowly beat Daemen to win the Medaille Invitational.
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