Bringing you the best performances of last week from local colleges and local players:
Men's Soccer: For the third straight week, St. Bonaventure was ranked in the top 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Bonnies are 8-7 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10, which places them in a tie for fourth place. The top six teams advance to the conference tournament. Bona came in at No. 9 this week, but do note that five other A-10 teams (1-Charlotte, 5-UMass, 6-Fordham, 7-Dayton, 10-Xavier) were also ranked in the Mid-Atlantic to 10.
It was an inauspicious start to the season for Fredonia, as the Blue Devils started 0-5 but with four straight wins, the team is is 9-8 thanks in part to senior John Grabowski (Roy-Hart). Grabowski assisted on the game-winning goal against national No. 15 Brockport in a 1-0 win then scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Geneseo. He was named the SUNYAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week.
While not as dominate as in past years, the Medaille men's soccer team still is talented and still winning games. The Mavericks (6-2) are in a tie for second place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings heading into their final game of the regular season -- at Hilbert Tuesday. Earning player of the week was Corey Phillips who had two goals in a pair of wins for Medaille last week. Keeper Nick Kurtz (Lancaster) was the defensive player of the week, stopping 13 of 14 shots in both wins to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Women's Soccer: An upset over No. 25 Dayton certainly helps the casue of St. Bonaventure as it makes a push for the Atlantic 10 playoffs. The Bonnies are 4-3 and tied for fourth place in the A-10. The top six teams make the playoffs. Anna Cunningham headed in the game-winning goal from 12-yards out in Bon'as 2-1 win over Dayton on Sunday to earn A-10 Player of the Week Honors. Taylor Broderick assisted on the goal to earn Co-Rookie of the Week. Bona hits the road for its final two regular season matches at George Washington Friday and Richmond Sunday.
Canisius took sole possession of second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings with a pair of wins this weekend to improve to 5-2, one game behind first-place Marist (6-1). Freshman forward Brianna Smith (Nichols) scored four goals in two games for the Griffs to earn offensive player of the Week honors. She is tied for second in the MAAC in points (28) and goals (12). Lesley Ivinca was named defensive player of the week after making 19 saves over the weekd.
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Lawson (West Seneca East) broke the Brockport school single-season assist record. With a helper on the lone goal in Brockport's 1-0 win over Fredonia, Lawson picked up her 13th assist of the season. She leads the SUNYAC in assists and ranks third in NCAA Division III with 0.92 assists per game.
Women's Volleyball: The roll continues for Niagara which is on an 11-match winning streak -- the best in program history. At 12-1 in the MAAC, the Purple Eagles continue to lead the conference. In three matches last week Hannah Hedrick recorded double-digit digs in each to earn defensive player of the week honors. Ellen Senf was rookie of the week with a .480 hitting percentage and 28 kills in the three wins.
Men's Basketball: Yes,it's that time already. Count Erie Community College among those with preseason expectations. The Kats were ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Division II poll released today. ECC was ranked No. 1 in the final four polls last season, going 27-2. The Kats return sophomore forward God's Gift Achiuwa, who was second in the nation last year in rebounding (13.4 per game). ECC opens the season Nov. 6 in the Cole's/Brennan's Tournament at the Flickinger Center.