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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. Connor Fields: The Albany lacrosse attackman was taken third overall in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Charlotte Hounds. It wasn't all good news for the former Bishop Timon-St. Jude star. He was forced out of Sunday's 14-6 loss at Yale with a recurring right knee injury which may hamper his bid to move to the top of the all-time NCAA lists in goals and points. He had only one assist in his limited action at Yale and now ranks fourth all time in both points (344) and goals (193). The records are 400 points and 206 goals.  The loss at Yale dropped Albany out of the No. 2 spot to No. 5 in both the United States Intercollegiate Association (USILA) coaches poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll.

2. University at Buffalo women's tennis: The Bulls swept Ball State, 7-0, to clinch their first Mid-American Conference regular season title and a perfect 8-0 regular season record in league play. As the first seed in the conference tournament, UB earned a bye to the semifinal round in Muncie, Ind., on Saturday.

3. David Hanes: The Canisius golfer and St. Francis graduate finished eighth at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championship at the Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The sophomore earned all-MAAC honors for the second straight season as he led the Golden Griffins to a fifth-place finish, their highest since 2013.

4. Hilbert softball: The Hawks swept Pitt-Greensburg for the first time since 2005 and tied the school's single-season record for wins in the process. Hilbert (12-11) has seven games remaining on the schedule.

5. Daemen women's track & field: The Wildcats bested LIU-Post by .6 seconds in the 4x400 to clinch second place at the East Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Three Daemen athletes finished first: Katja Meyer in the triple jump, Amy Trabert (Amherst) in the 10,000-meter and Taylor Haude in the pole vault.

6. Canisius men's lacrosse: The Golden Griffins clinched a berth in the MAAC tournament with a 19-11 victory over Manhattan. Ryan McKee, Mathieu Boissonneault and Carter Stefaniak  scored three goals each as the Griffs earned a trip to the postseason for a second straight season.

7. UB men's tennis: The Bulls closed the regular season with a win against Ball State, pushing the team to 5-2 in the MAC and into second place for the conference tournament at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. UB will play third-seeded Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Friday.

8. Canisius softball: The Golden Griffins have won five straight, including four in MAAC play, to move to 5-3 in the conference. Canisius outscored Saint Peter's and Manhattan 20-1 in its four weekend games, so the Griffs are riding high heading into a midweek series against Niagara.

9. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: The Bonnies secured a commitment from former Cheektowaga Warrior Dominick Welch, Western New York high school basketball's all-time leading scorer. The 2017 Allen Wilson Buffalo News Player of the Year is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who spent the last year at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

10. Niagara women's lacrosse: The Purple Eagles split their two games this week, moving into a five-way tie for first place in the MAAC standings heading into the regular season finale. That sets up a high-stakes rivalry matchup Wednesday between Niagara and Canisius, who are both 5-2 in the conference.

Honorable mentions:

  • Claire Purdy, a Medaille women's lacrosse midfielder and West Seneca West graduate, scored six goals and two assists and snagged a team-leading seven ground balls in a 23-15 win against Penn St.-Abington.
  • Rebecca VanLaeken, women's lacrosse goalie, set a Canisius record for single-season saves, then added to her total with 10 more stops  against Fairfield.
  • Buffalo State softball's Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga) was named the State University at New York Athletic Conference's Player of the Week after going 7 of 11 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs.
  • Fredonia men's track & field's Ethan Francis (Dunkirk) finished first in the 5,000-meter at the Don Frail Invitational.
  • Buffalo State women's track & field's Ronni Kordrupel (Iroquois) won the 1,500-meter at the Sparky Adams Invitational, while Cody Sikora (North Tonawanda) won the 400-meter and Robert Liebel (Tonawanda) won the 200-meter on the men's side at the same event.
  • UB men's track & field's Sam Wray (Starpoint) was the first collegiate finisher in the discus throw, while Devon Patterson (Williamsville South) was the first collegiate finisher in the men's shot put at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
  • D'Youville softball earned its first three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victories of the season this week, beating La Roche twice and Penn St.-Altoona once.
  • Daemen women's basketball guard Sarah Saba (Lancaster) signed a contract to play professionally in Luxembourg.

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

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