The Buffalo State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently recognized its seniors and honored its Most Valuable Players and major award winners at its annual awards banquet. Womenís volleyball player Hannah Renaldo of North Collins took home the Female First-Year Athlete of the Year Award. Renaldo was named SUNYAC West Rookie of the Year and earned second team All-Conference honors. She finished the season with 251 kills and a .160 hitting percentage, along with 46 blocks and 162 digs. She helped the team advance to the SUNYAC championship match for just the second time in school history and a final season record of 26-8.Radon named All-MAC honorable mention
Kent State was represented by six athletes on the Mid-American Conference 2013 Gymnastics Academic All-MAC Team. Among them, sophomore gymnast Nicole Radon of Hamburg. All student-athletes chosen have at least a 3.20 grade point average and participated in at least half of their teamís meets this season. Kent State won the conference regular season championship by finishing undefeated in MAC dual meets this season at 6-0 and earned a sixth straight trip to the regional round of the NCAA tournament.Patrone, Sampson garner WNYAC honors
The Erie Community College lacrosse team placed six members on the All-Western New York Athletic Conference team, three on the first team and three on the second. Among those named to the first team was sophomore Destiny Sampson, a former student at Lake Shore. Sampson, a second-team selection in 2012, led the Kats with 23 assists on her way to 41 points. Her 23 assists ranks fourth in the nation. Also, freshman Amanda Patrone of Hamburg was an second-team selection. The Hamburg High graduate, who led the Kats with 35 goals and a team-high 52 points, ranks 12th in the nation in points. ECC finished 5-6 overall.Manhattanís Crean earns third MAAC honor to end career
Seven members of the Manhattan menís lacrosse team were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. In total, 60 student-athletes in the MAAC received the honor for the 2013 season. Among them was senior Jon Crean of Hamburg, who made the team for a third season. The Jaspers finished the regular season with a 4-11 overall mark and 1-5 record in conference play, with their lone win a 14-12 victory over regular season champion Marist. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.Keuka, Strain win NEAC title
The NEACís top-seed Keuka (12-1) won its third straight conference title, beating No. 3 Hilbert College (10-5) 17-5 last week at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex. Justin Strain of Hamburg, a starting defenseman, grabbed three ground balls in the win.Locals help Geneseo finish as SUNYAC finalists
The Geneseo softball team lost 8-7 to Cortland in the finals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship Tournament. The fourth-seeded Knights had led 7-0 before the second-seed rallied to win the title. On the Geneseo team, which finished 22-20 this season, were sophomore outfielder Abby Weiss of Hamburg and freshman middle infielder Jenna Phillips of Eden.Locals play lacrosse in NCAA Menís, Womenís Tournaments
The nationís 12th-ranked University at Albany fell 19-14 to third-ranked Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 11 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Great Danes, who finished the season 13-5, are now 1-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with the programís only win coming against Loyola in 2007.
Albany advanced by getting past UMBC in the America East Conference championship game, 19-10, on May 4 at LaValle Stadium. The Great Danes took home their fifth championship title in 11 years. Ryan Feuerstein
of Hamburg scored a goal and grabbed three ground balls in the win. Feuerstein is sixth on the team with 21 points, including 16 goals. Also on the team from Hamburg is freshman defender Josh Babcock
Also, Ohio State was a first-round 16-6 winner over Towson, when Penn State fell to Yale 10-7 in tournament action. Penn State features sophomore middie Kyle Zittel
and Ohio State, sophomore defender Eric Chadderdon
. Zittel had eight goals and two assists in16 regular season games.
In Division II, LeMoyne beat LIU Post 9-8 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament May 11. Freshman attackman Pat Nowak
of Hamburg plays for LeMoyne. In Division III, Cortland, with freshman middie Jake Fiore
of Hamburg, and Adrian, with freshman middie Connor Ryan
, a Hamburg High graduate, advanced to the NCAA Tournament, as well.
In womenís lacrosse, national-power Syracuse advanced won its NCAA Tournament opener, 2-18, over Dartmouth. Vivian Curry
, a Lake Shore High School graduate, is a member of the team as a freshman midfielder. Sheís appeared in four games and scored a goal.
Keuka College advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Junior defender Shannon Farrell
, a Frontier High School graduate, is a member of the team. Her brother, Adam, a 2009 graduate, played four years there, as well.Cortright helps Canisius sweep three games with Niagara
The Canisius baseball team completed the three-game sweep of rival Niagara University with a 14-6 win at the Demske Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Golden Griffins improve to 37-13 overall and 14-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and clinch for the seventh straight season a spot in the MAAC Championship, which will be May 23-26 in Trenton, N.J. The streak is now the longest active streak in the conference.
The day prior, The Golden Griffins rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win in the opener and then cruised to a 22-1 victory in the nightcap to improve to 36-13 overall and 13-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In the Game One win, sophomore Garrett Cortright of Hamburg threw his fourth complete game of the season, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out five. Cortright, a Frontier High School graduate, who improved to 10-2, needed 97 pitches and only gave up two hits in the final six innings.ECC moves on in Region III
Sophomore Brian Barry of Derby led the Erie Community College baseball team to wins of 7-3 and 13-3 over Hudson Valley CC Saturday (May 11) in the opening round of the Region III Tournament. Barry, a Lake Shore High School graduate, homered in each game and scattered six hits to pick up the win on the mound in the nightcap. Barry added a two-run double in the opener.
ECC advances to the Region III Tournament semifinals this coming weekend against eighth-ranked Niagara County CC at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. ECC won the 2011 tournament while NCCC won the 2012 title. The Kats enter the double-elimination tournament 37-18 while NCCC is 34-16. The teams split their four games this season.
Also in the opener, Nick Caboot of Derby had a RBI-single and then Vinny Sherman of North Collins doubled to drive in Caboot. In the nightcap, Barry hit a two-run shot, while Sherman and Austin Zackroczemski, a St. Francis High School graduate, each had two hits. Barry, who set ECCís single-season mark for totals bases at 126, leads NJCAA Division III with 21 doubles and 69 runs batted in.E-mail news about locals playing at the college level to firstname.lastname@example.org