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Fairfield tabbed MAAC preseason favorite

Canisius College was picked to finish sixth while Niagara University was selected eighth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll released today. Golden Griffins junior guard Julius Coles was named to the All-MAAC second team while Canisius forward Greg Logins and Niagara guard Anthony Nelson were selected to the third team.

Here is the preseason poll

1. Fairfield
2. Siena
3. Saint Peter's
4. Iona
5. Rider
6. Loyola
7. Canisius
8. Niagara
9. Manhattan
10. Marist

Here's the preseason all-league team

First Team
Derek Needham, Fairfield
Scott Machado, Iona
Wesley Jenkins, Saint Peter's
Clarence Jackson, Siena
Ryan Rossiter, Siena

Second Team
Julius Coles, Canisius
Jamal Barney, Loyola
Mike Ringgold, Rider
Justin Robinson, Rider
Ryan Bacon, Saint Peter's
Nick Leon, Saint Peter's

Third Team
Greg Logins, Canisius
Yorel Hawkins, Fairfield
Alejo Rodriguez, Iona
Anthony Nelson, Niagara
Novar Gadson, Rider

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year: Ryan Rossiter, Siena

---Rodney McKissic


Scouting reports on Griffs, Eagles

---You have to sign up for a subscrption, but here are some previews on Canisius and Niagara.

---TSN's Mike DeCourcy rips the Tennessee Athletics Department for their handling of coach Bruce Pearl.

---Here's five coaches on the hot seat, including a certain former Canisius coach.

---Tom Izzo said he wouldn't mind if his Michigan State players disengaged from social media, but he's not inclined to set down specific rules so stringent that players can't enjoy the modern technology.

---Back news for Xavier with sweet shooting Brad Redford out for the year with a torn ACL and top recruit Justin Martin will have to sit out this season.

---Rodney McKissic


Bulls in recovery mode

---The punishment inflicted upon UB against Temple extended beyond the scoreboard.

---Syracuse arrives in Cincinnati fresh off an upset of No. 20 West Virginia in Morgantown. Doug Marrone isn't ready to call it a signature win just yet, but his players are starting to believe. After the Orange beat West Virginia, Marrone enjoyed a "big time" celebration.

---Kent State is aggressively looking at future payday games. On the field, coach Doug Martin wouldn't mind a repeat of last week's 30-6 win over Bowling Green.

---Akron is four losses away from facing the possibility of being the worst team the school has ever produced in its Football Bowl Subdivision era.

---The heat has been turned up on Ball State coach Stan Parrish.

---Florida coach Urban Meyer spent a lot of time during the bye week investigating and evaluating what has gone wrong within the program during the Gators' longest regular-season losing streak in more than 22 years.

---Rodney McKissic


College honors Monday

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.

Reeder out for UB

UB coach Jeff Quinn said on today's MAC coaches conference call that tight end Jake Reeder will be out at least for this week's game against Miami (Ohio) after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 42-0 loss to Temple. Quinn said the Bulls were awaiting final word on the extent of Reeder's injury. Running back Jeffvon Gill was hurt on the same play and is day-to-day, along with wideout Alex Neutz, who Quinn said was "dinged" against the Owls.

Quarterback will remain an open competition this week, with true freshman Alex Zordich battling Jerry Davis for the starting nod. Zordich made his first career start against Temple, completing 11 of 26 for 98 yards.

-- Bob DiCesare


UB's defense looks to rebound


---UB's defense was feeling pretty good about itself heading into the last two games, but there's nothing like giving up more than 800 yards and nearly 90 points in two weeks to get a dose of reality.

---Central Michigan is in a free fall and coach Dan Enos sees it better than anyone.

---The secret to Northern Illinois' success? Depth.

---The BCS has been unkind to Auburn in the past, but the Tigers claimed the top spot in the latest rankings.

---Former Toledo coach Gary Pinkel has Missouri thinking about a national championship.

---Rodney McKissic


It's a good fall for local women's sports

Canisius and Niagara are at the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in volleyball and soccer.

Buffalo State's volleyball and soccer programs secured their own berths in the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs.

And D'Youville soccer set a program record for consecuative wins.

Those are just some of the highlights of a solid fall campaign for area women's college programs.

VOLLEYBALL: With a sweep of Saint Peter's, the Niagara women's volleyball team extended its program-best win streak to 10 matches.

Though the Purple Eagles, who sit in first place in the MAAC at 11-1, earned its ninth sweep in the 10-match streak, caoch Susan Clements wasn't entirely pleased with the play.

"We did not have a well executed match," Clements said. "However, at this point in the season we will take wins any way we can."

Hannah Hedrick had her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs while Michelle James had 41 assists. Sam Morgan had a team-high 16 digs to extend her double-digit digs streak to 86 matches.

Meanwhile Canisius (8-4) stayed in third place in the MAAC standings with a four-game win over Manhattan, rebounding from a mid-week loss at Niagara.

"We had a tough match on Wednesday and with the quick turnaround there was no time to feel sorry for ourselves," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "It's good to bounce back and get a win at home in front of a good crowd."

The Golden Griffins' middle hitters combined for 28 kills and eight blocks while hitting nearly .500 on the day. Samantha Good had 15 kills with three blocks while Layne Adams had 12 kills and five blocks.

The teams switch oppnents today, with Niagara hosting Manhattan and Canisius hosting Saint Peter's. Both matches are at 2 p.m.

Buffalo State secured a spot in the SUNYAC playoffs for the first time since 2002 after defeating Geneseo, Saturday. The Bengals are 13-17 overall and finished 4-4 in conference play to earn the third seed in the West Division. Buffalo State will face East No. 2 New Palts in the quarterfinals on Nov. 4 at Fredonia.

SOCCER: Both Canisius and Niagara are tied for second in the MAAC at 4-2 entering road contests today. The Purple Eagles are at Fairfield (1 p.m.) while the Griffs are at Iona (noon).

The teams are chasing Marist, which improved to 6-1 with a 2-1 win over Siena Saturday. Siena and Loyola are both trailing the Purple Eagles and Griffs with 4-3 marks.

D'Youville set a program record with its fifth-straight win -- a 3-1 win over Franciscan on Saturday. Stephanie Lozzi (Lew-Port) had a goal and an assist for the Lady Spartans, who improved to 11-5 overall, 5-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Buffalo State had its best finish in school history as it finished the regular season 6-3-1 in SUNYAC play to earn the third seed in the conference playoffs. The Bengals earned a 1-0 overtime win over Brockport to improve to 10-5-2 overall. They will host No. 6 New Paltz in the SUNYAC quarterfinals at 1 p.m., Saturday.

 --- Amy Moritz

Digging Pink at the UB

The on-court results have not been up to the preseason hype for the University at Buffalo women's volleyball team.

But the Bulls scored a different kind of success on Saturday.

In its third annual Dig For The Cure event, the program raised over $4,500 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Bulls raised money through donations, sales of t-shirts and on money pledged based on their match statistics.

On the court, Buffalo dropped a three-game match to Central Michigan, falling to 2-8 in the Mid-American Conference and 14-12 overall.

--- Amy Moritz

Temple-UB game analysis

Game analysis: One thing is certain: The Bulls played the two best teams in the MAC the last two weeks in Northern Illinois and now Temple. The Owls crushed the Bulls in all phases of the game while humbling the Bulls, 42-0.

How UB lost: The offense could generate anything and ventured into Temple territory just three times. The defense, the cornerstone of the team, couldn’t stop tailbacks Matt Brown and Bernard Pierce nor first-time starting QB Mike Gerardi.

Turning Point: Let’s start with the opening kickoff when Domonic Cook fumbled on the Bulls 23 and Temple scored six plays later. The Bulls were down 21-0 before the start of the second quarter.

Players of the game: Let’s give it to Pierce and Brown who combined for 215 yards with Pierce scoring two TDs. If they had another juke move or two, they would both be in the SEC.

Stat of the game: UB converted two third down on 17 tries.

What the loss means: UB falls to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league play but at least the best teams are off its schedule. Still, the Bulls have now suffered two blowout wins against the Owls. A few more like this and they’ll stop calling this matchup a rivalry.

In the house: Football alums Jamey Richard, Ramon Guzman and Andre Forde were among 13,371 for Homecoming.

He said it: “”I’m beyond frustrated. Beyond.’’ – UB coach Jeff Quinn

Up next for the Bulls: vs. improved Miami (Ohio) Saturday at UB Stadium.

---Rodney McKissic


Temple-UB game thread

FINAL: 42-0. Back to the drawing board.

7:14 4th Quarter: Temple, 42-0.

Clarification: Bittner started game at LT.

Halftime: Temple 28-0 and it's not that close. Abysmal offensive showing for UB, which has 14 yards passing with true frosh Alex Zordich in making his first career start. Back to Jerry Davis in 2nd half? Not that Zordich has had much time. Bulls have shifted G Peter Bittner to T in place of Pat Wilson. A bright light? Three-time all-MAC safety Davonte Shannon is playing like it's a tie game. Shot up to line to make a pair of solo tackles on Temple's last possession.

Halftime Stats: Rushing: Temple, 137-54. Passing: Temple, 80-14. Third Down Conversions: Temple 4 of 7, UB 1 of 9.  Zordich is 1 of 8 with a pick. -- BD

3:28: Temple PK McManus hooks 33 FG attempt wide left. UB gets a reprieve after Elijan Joseph intercepted Zordich pass and returned it 42 yards to UB 16. Jospeh last year picked a pass vs. Bulls and went 95 yards for score that broke game open late in first half.

10:20 2nd Quarter: When does the mercy rule kick in???? Temple 28-0 as Gerardi hooks up with Streater on 42-yard TD pass. CB Sherrod Lott burned badly on play and was flagged for interference for face-guarding. Not that it mattered. So, what's the worst home loss in UB history? Time to scour the archives.--BD

Injury Update: They're saying it's a ankle for Gill. He'll be evaluated at halftime. Reeder lower leg. He's doubtful.

First-Quarter Carnage: First downs, Temple 8-1. Rushing yards, Temple 112-22. Passing yard, Temple 25-0. Third-down conversions, Temple 3-3, UB 0-3. Matt Brown 53 yards on ground, Bernard Pierce 43.

Best News of The Day: The first quarter has ended. Temple, 21-0. UB TB Jeffvon Gill and TE Jake Reeder both helped off field with 4 seconds left in quarter. Looks like knees. Temple went for up-top strike with 26 seconds left in quarter but Domonic Cook picked off Gerardi pass for Streater. Bulls desperate to build some momentum.-- BD

2:06 1st: Time to rake the backyard. Temple 21-0 after Pierce completes run-exclusive drive with a 10-yard burst around the right side. Bulls getting pummelled in every single phase of the game. Owls quick backs finding lots of room to roam.-- BD

5:09 1st: Jeffvon Gill starts at TB for Bulls and rips off 9 on first carry.

5:15 1st: Gerardi to Campbell for a 5-yard TD pass and Temple goes up, 14-0. Have no idea what -UB coach Jeff Quinn was thinking on Bulls first offensive series. If you're going to start the true freshman at QB, then get him in there. That wildcat stuff was a reach, especially after Temple went in for a score off a fumble on the opening kick. This could get real, real ugly.  Oh, and when does punter Jacob Schum take a seat? Yet another lousy kick set up Temple's 50-yard, 10-play march.-- Bob DiCesare

--How's this for something new? UB starts in the Wildcat formation with WR Terrell Jackson center center. His first pass was tipped and nearly intercepted. Then Jackson handed off to Ed Young for a one-yard loss. After that, Alex Zordich moved under center and was sacked.

Temple 7, UB 0, 12:07 left in the first quarter: Bernard Pierce scores from 2-yards out. Looks like points off turnovers will be a negative factor for UB once again.

---UB opens the game with a fumble on the kickoff by Domonic Cook and Temple recovers on the UB 23. Temple starts Mike Gerardi at QB.

---Pregame: Former Bulls Jamey Richard, now of the Indianapolis Colts and Ramon Guzman of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes are attending today's game. They served as honorary captains.

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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