It's the end of the collegiate fall season and that means championships, playoffs, jocking for position and rivalry games. Highlights from around Western New York from this weekend:
Cross Country: It was championship weekend and two local woman took home second place finishes in their respective conference championships.
On Saturday, D'Youville's Anya Bogdanets (Kenmore West) took second at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships. Her time of 18:51.0 on the 5K course set a new school record. The meet was held at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Men's Soccer: In the Battle of the Bridge match, Niagara scored two first half goals en route to a 2-0 win over Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. Carl Haworth scored his 11th goal of the season on aheader in the 14th minute. Michael Pass scored his first of the year in the 38th minute. Niagara improves to 5-9-2 overall while the Griffs fall to 3-11-1.
Women's Soccer: Today's games end the regular season for Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure with playoff spots on the line. Canisius and Niagara both play home games, hoping to make the four-team MAAC tournament in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 5-7. The Griffs, who host Saint Peter's at 1 p.m., are tied for first place with Marist while Niagara, which hosts Manhattan at noon, is in a four-way tie for third.
The Bonnies, winners of their last four Atlantic 10 games, are on the road at Richmond. They are tied for third with Duquesne with the top six teams advancing to the A-10 tournament, Nov. 4-7 in Kingston, R.I.
In Division III action, it was a disappointing end to the season for both the Medaille and D'Youville women's soccer teams as both dropped overtime decisions in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs.
D'Youville dropped a 2-1 OT decision to Pitt-Bradford. The Lady Spartans had taken a 1-0 lead ona corner kick goal by Daneille Braun (Iroquois) in the 13th minute but Pitt-Bradford tied the game on a penalty kick in the 68th.
D'Youville finishes its season at 11-7 -- the best record in the 11-year history of the program.
Meanwhile, Medaille lost, 1-0, in double overtime to LaRoche. The Lady Mavericks finish the season 3-16-1 overall.
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