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College Power 10: Our weekly ranking of the best in WNY collegiate athletics

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.

1. University at Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball: UB became the second collegge and first since Georgia in 1983 to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams earn their first NCAA Tournament win in the same year.

The men’s season came to an end in the Round of 32 against Kentucky, but that didn’t decrease the magnitude of the team’s beat down against heavily-favored Arizona. UB bested the fourth-seeded Wildcats in nearly every facet of the game and shut down potential first-overall pick DeAndre Ayton in its 89-68 win in the first round.

The women also blew out a higher seed, as the 11th-seeded Bulls got 36 points from Cierra Dillard in a 102-79 victory against sixth-seeded South Florida. The 102 points are the most scored by a double-digit seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

2. Dylan McLaughlin: The Canisius men’s hockey forward was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, the most prestigious award in college hockey. McLaughlin, a junior from Lancaster, led Atlantic Hockey in assists (25) and points (38) in the regular season and ranks in the top 10 in the country in both categories. The Golden Griffins season endedin a loss toAir Force in the AHC semifinals.

3. St. Bonaventure men’s basketball: The Bonnies earned their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970, defeating UCLA in the First Four. Courtney Stockard took center stage, scoring 26 points and snagging four rebounds and four steals in the 65-58 win. St. Bonaventure’s season ended with a 77-62 loss to Florida.

4. D’Youville women’s lacrosse: Jillian Golding (Lockport) notched four goals and four assists as the Spartans earned their first victory ever in the sport. Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga) recorded 12 saves in the 13-3 victory against the Hilbert Hawks. It’s an enormous improvement from last season, D’Youville’s first at the varsity level, as Hilbert bested the Spartans 20-4 in their first-ever meeting.

5. Katelyn Dennis: The infielder set a Fredonia softball record for career home runs when she hit her 10th in a 5-3 loss to Lakeland.

6. Bryan Lantry: The UB wrestler advanced to the second day of the NCAA Championships for a second straight season with a 4-1 decision over Colin Valvidiez of Northwestern. His run in the championship bracket came to an end with a 4-3 decision against Scott Delvecchio of Rutgers.

7. Jermaine Crumpton: The Niagara Falls native scored 16 points in the final game of his basketball career at Canisius, an 80-78 loss to Jacksonville State in the College Basketball Invitational. He finished his career with 1,587 points, placing him tied with Darrell Barley for sixth all-time in Griffs career scoring.

8. Sarah Saba: The Lancaster native was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association 2017-18 All-East Region second team. She’s the first Wildcat to earn All-East Region honors since Daemen moved to the Division II level in 2013. The senior guard led the team in points (517), rebounds (203), steals (52) and blocks (38).

9. Lee Nickell: The UB men’s tennis coach earned the 100th win of his career in a 6-1 Mid-American Conference victory over the Toledo Rockets. The Bulls won five of six singles matches for their first MAC triumph of the season.

10. Rylee Hehir: The St. Bonaventure softball pitcher threw a six-inning shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 9-0 victory over Samford. She earned her team-leading fourth win of the season.

Honorable mention:

• Colgate’s Olivia Zafuto of Niagara Falls, who played high school hockey at Nichols, had an assist on the Raiders’ goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to two-time champion Clarkson in the NCAA Division I women’s championship game in Minneapolis.

• Ohio State swimmer and Lancaster native Kristen Romano competed in four events in the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. She finished 10th in the 400-yard individual medley and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Previous Power 10s

Week One

College Power 10: Streak of clean sheets lifts Canisius men's soccer to top spot; Daemen triathlete second

Week Two

College Power 10: Last-minute TD shoots Buff State's Hoppy up list; Canisius men's soccer still tops

Week Three

College Power 10: UB basketball tops after landing commitment from Rochester's Jeenathan Williams

Week Four

College Power 10: UB's Drew Anderson tops the list after 597-yard, seven-TD performance

Week Five

College Power 10: Bengals men's soccer moves into NCAA Top 25

Week Six

College Power 10: Buffalo State men's soccer, JCC women's volleyball continue streaks

Week Seven

College Power 10: Jamestown CC volleyball, Kutsko still perfect this season

Week Eight

College Power 10: Medaille men's soccer tops after dramatic AMCC title win

Week Nine

College Power 10: Niagara men's basketball earns top spot with upset; UB's Tyree Jackson second

Week 10

College Power 10: Reese tops after recording first Canisius triple-double

Week 11

College Power 10: St. Bonaventure upsets Maryland, Bulls earn bowl eligibility

Week 12

College Power 10: Brockport football heads to final four, Niagara hockey sweeps Air Force

Week 13

College Power 10: Canisius men's hockey sweeps ranked Niagara

Week 14

College Power 10: Dillard records first double-double, ECC defeats NCCC

Week 15

College Power 10: Bonnies upset Syracuse, UB women defeat St. John's

Week 16

College Power 10: Adams and Mobley combine for 60 against UMass

Week 17

College Power 10: Niagara's Rampado scores career-high 41 points

Week 18

College Power 10: Brockport's Mangone named Coach of the Year; Daemen enters regional rankings

Week 19

College Power 10: Canisius and UB both defeat conference favorites

Week 20

College Power 10: Niagara's Towns, UB's Oursler have career days

Week 21

College Power 10: St. Bonaventure's Adams, Niagara's Dukes boast career bests

Week 22

College Power 10: Adams scoring spree is one for the books at Bona

Week 23

College Power 10: St. Bonaventure ends No. 16 Rhode Island's win streak

Week 24

College Power 10: Troy Keller wins NJCAA wrestling national title

Week 25

College Power 10: Our weekly ranking of the best in WNY collegiate athletics

Week 26

College Power 10: Our weekly ranking of the best in WNY collegiate athletics

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