The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics.
1. University at Buffalo women's tennis: UB dominated singles play in defeating Miami (Ohio), 4-2, in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. It's UB's second-straight MAC title and marked its 14th straight match victory.
That wasn't the only good news this week for the Bulls, who also won the MAC regular-season title. Coach Kristen Maines was named the conference Coach of the Year and three Bulls – Tanja Stojanovska, Chantal Martinez Blanco and Lolade Ogungbesan – earned all-MAC honors. Maines is the second UB coach to earn MAC Coach of the Year, as now-interim AD Kathy Twist took home the hardware in 2006.
The NCAA Tournament begins on May 11. The Bulls' opponent will be revealed during the selection show at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
2. Demone Harris and Ryan Hunter: The pair of local football players and MAC products signed as undrafted free agents this week with NFL teams. Harris, a defensive end who played at the University at Buffalo and Bishop Timon-St. Jude, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hunter, who was named The Buffalo News' co-player of the year while at Canisius High in 2012, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs after a successful career at Bowling Green.
3. Canisius women's lacrosse: The Golden Griffins routed rival Niagara in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Jen Reininger scored a career-high six goals as Canisius defeated the Purple Eagles for a 16th straight time, 17-7. The Griffs will meet top-seeded Marist in a semifinal on Thursday in Poughkeepsie.
4. Medaille women's lacrosse: The Mavericks clinched an undefeated 3-0 record against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponents with a 23-7 win overt D'Youville, earning the conference's championship for a second straight season. Medaille currently has two conference affiliations, as the AMCC, the league Medaille is in for most sports, just added women's lacrosse last year and doesn't have enough teams to get an automatic qualifier. The Mavs also compete as part of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, which they clinched second place in on Saturday with a 14-13 win over Keuka.
5. Emily Izydorczak: The St. Bonaventure runner and Orchard Park graduate broke the Bonnies' track & field record in the 3,000 meters at the UB Invitational. She ran a 10:46.11, breaking her previous record set at the event last year by more than a second.
6. Nicole Burrows: The Fredonia women's lacrosse goalkeeper made 19 saves in the season finale, setting a Blue Devils record for saves in a season with 177. The previous record was 170 by Casey Chiesa in 2010.
7. Amber Custodi and Jenifer Igoe: The Daemen women's triathletes finished first and second, respectively, in their age group at St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Custodi (Lew-Port), who was timed in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 13 seconds, finished fourth overall among the 288 participants.
8. Brandon Burke: The UB freshman won both the high jump and the triple jump at the Buffalo Invitational this weekend. His triple jump of 43-9 pushed him into seventh in the MAC, while he still ranks third in the conference in the high jump.
9. Jamestown CC baseball: The Jayhawks upset Niagara County CC, ranked No. 5 in the national NJCAA Division III poll, for a doubleheader split. Ryan Johnson drove in Taylor Byrd in the top of the ninth inning to lift JCC to its 8-7 victory. NCCC lived up to its ranking in the second game, winning 10-0.
10. UB men's tennis: The Bulls advanced to the MAC Tournament final with a 4-3 win against Northern Illinois at Miller Tennis Center. Unfortunately for UB, its season ended a day later in the title match. The top-seeded Western Michigan Broncos edged the Bulls, 4-2.
- Hilbert baseball claimed its first Buffalo Cup series sweep and tied the school record for AMCC wins (six) with a sweep of D'Youville.
- Canisius baseball thrashed Niagara, 17-10, and won two out of three against Rider.
- Canisius women's basketball hired former Geneseo coach Scott Hemer as its next head coach.
- Le Moyne's Josh Slowinski (Clarence) scored two goals and an assist as the Dolphins defeated Southwestern New Hampshire and completed an undefeated regular season in the Northeast 10.
- St. Bonaventure golf's Corey Long finished tied for 16th at the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
- Basketball standouts Andrew Sischo and Sarah Saba (Lancaster) were named the Daemen's Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
- Eight St. Bonaventure track & field athletes set personal records at the Alfred State Invitational.
- NCCC men's golf finished second at the Herkimer Invitational. Individually, Thunderwolf Ben Kolbe (North Tonawanda) finished third.
- Buffalo State runner Robert Liebel (Tonawanda) won the 100 at the St. John Fisher Cardinal Classic five days after winning the 400 in the Alfred State Invitational..
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Story topics: Amber Custodi/ Brandon Burke/ Canisius women's lacrosse/ Chantal Martinez Blanco/ Demone Harris/ Emily Izydorczak/ Fredonia women's lacrosse/ Jamestown CC baseball/ Jen Reininger/ Jenifer Igoe/ Kristen Maines/ Lolade Ogungbesan/ Medaille women's lacrosse/ NCCC baseball/ Nicole Burrows/ Ryan Hunter/ St. Bonaventure track & field/ Tanja Stojanovska/ University at Buffalo men's tennis/ University at Buffalo women's tennis