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Two weeks still remain in Canisius men's soccer's conference season, but the Griffs' 2018 campaign has already been a roller coaster of inexplicable lows and a couple triumphant highs. There's been a little of everything. The positives include Dermot McGrane's side coming within one goal of drawing then No. 5 in the country Michigan State on the road, and later smashing…

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Before Wednesday night, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference campaigns for the Canisius men's and women's soccer teams had brought primarily disappointment, particularly troubling for the men's team predicted to win the MAAC before the season. But for one night, at least, both Canisius sides seized encouraging results from Battle of the Bridge rivalry matches against …

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Outside of favorites such as Germany, Brazil and Spain, the tiny country of Iceland is a trendy team to root for during World Cup 2018. In a group with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia, the country that shocked the world by reaching the Euro 2016 quarterfinals is back to prove its last surge wasn't a flash in the pan. Iceland, a Nordic island nation with a population of j…

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Canisius men's soccer coach Dermot McGrane will be serving as a guest correspondent for The Buffalo News during the World Cup. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, McGrane has been at Canisius since 2011 after nine years as coach at Niagara. McGrane is originally from Leicester, England, and has been coaching at U.S. colleges since 1995.  I r…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Buffalo State men's soccer: The No 14 Bengals undefeated streak was extended to a school-record 15 games this week with a 0-0 draw with No. 7 Oneonta and a 1-0 victory against New Paltz. The New Paltz match sealed an undefeated campaign in the SUNYAC regular season. Buff…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top teams, players, coaches and stories in WNY collegiate athletics.  1. Canisius men’s soccer: The Griffs haven’t conceded a goal in 319 minutes and 44 seconds while extending their winning streak to four straight, which includes a 2-0 road victory at St. Bonaventure. Grand Island’s Troy Brady leads the team with four goals while Italian …

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Dermot McGrane sat near the double-decker Kop, the heavily secured area in a soccer stadium's stands where the two rival supporters groups would cheer, chant and curse. The occasion, a match between Chelsea and Leicester City FC, wasn't unusual, but McGrane spotted some mischief up in the Blues' section. Visiting fans were tying Chelsea scarves together in a chain, he rec…

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Nick Mendola and I break down the Copa America Centenario draw from the United States' perspective, discussing the three other teams in the Yanks' group. Are they in the clutches of the Group of Death? Syracuse Silver Knights goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin, who's also played for Canisius College and FC Buffalo, joins the show 15 minutes in to reflect on his white-hot start to…

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Western New York Player of the Year Troy Brady left no doubts that he could dominate high school competition, tallying 27 goals and 15 assists in his senior campaign en route to the all-state first team and his second consecutive All-Western New York honor. Skills that separate at the high school level are often less dynamic when matched against better competition, whethe…

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There should be absolutely no debate over the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10. After potting three goals and adding two assists against Rider on Wednesday, red-hot Melvin Blair added two more goals in Canisius' 3-1 win over Manhattan on Senior Night at Demske Sports Complex. While his goal that broke the 1-1 second-half deadloc…

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After entering the USL Championship as a substitute in the 80th minute, Rochester striker Asani Samuels scored the game-tying goal in the first minute of stoppage time, then claimed the game-winner in the 113th as the Rhinos won the league in dramatic fashion, 2-1 (2 OT), over LA Galaxy II. The 6'5 Jamaican striker, who played four years at Canisius College and one with…

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Hunter Walsh was zoned in. The University at Buffalo freshman had just entered a Big 4 rivalry match for the first time, eager to make an impact in the final five minutes of the first half. Before Bulls goalie Cameron Hogg’s goal kick restarted play, Walsh felt a shove in the back. Startled, he turned to see the aggressor was his older brother, Evan, a redshirt freshman m…

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Canisius men’s soccer head coach Dermot McGrane called it the “worst preseason in his 20 years of coaching.” Back in August, the Griffs could barely field a team -- a total of 13 players were injured at one point, including nine starters. During one preseason match, Canisius had only two substitutes available off the bench. Although the majority of the injured players ha…