The Rundown: Men’s soccer qualifies for MAC Tournament, men’s and women’s basketball open seasons
Men’s soccer (11-3-3, 2-1-2 Mid-American Conference)
The men’s soccer team closed out their season with a 0-0 tie against the Bowling Green Falcons (9-5-4, 2-0-3 MAC). The Bulls entered the game controlling their own destiny in MAC tournament seeding. After a hard fought battle, the game ended scoreless. The Falcons managed twice as many shot with a 22-11 shot difference. Buffalo junior goalkeeper Joseph Kuta tied a program record with his 10th shutout of the season.
The tie means they will be the No. 3 seed when they head to Akron for their second straight MAC tournament appearance. They will have a rematch with the no. 2 seed Falcons in the first round next Friday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
Women’s soccer (7-8-5, 4-4-3 MAC)
TheBulls’ women’s soccer team had their season end last week when they lost in the MAC quarterfinals. In a bit of silver lining the Bulls had four players named to the all-MAC team this week.
Sophomore forward Carissima Cutrona, who led the Bulls with 10 goals, was named to the All-MAC second team. Junior midfielder Julia Benati and senior defender Angel Hart also joined her on the second team. This is Benati’s second straight season on an All-MAC team. Hart earned her first All-MAC honors after starting all 20 games at center back. Freshman defender Gurjeena Jandu was named to the all-freshman team.
Women’s basketball (0-0)
The women’s basketball team opened up their MAC title defense on Friday with an exhibition game against the Bloomsburg Huskies.
They dominated the Huskies all night and came away with a 65-45 win. Senior guard Joanna Smith led the scoring with 14 points, shooting 4-of-6 from three-point range. Freshman forward Summer Hemphill finished with eight rebounds and five points.
Buffalo opens up the season next week when they host the Massachusetts Minutemen Friday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Men’s basketball (0-0)
Friday night the Bulls’ men’s basketball team hung their 2016 MAC championship banner.
They opened up the season in an exhibition match against the Daemen College Wildcats. In a near-upset, the Bulls barely came away with an overtime 87-82 win. Sophomore guard CJ Massinburg led the Bulls with 27 points. Senior forward Blake Hamilton missed the game as he continues to recover from a broken hand, but is back in practice.
Two other Bulls finished with 24+ points but the rest of the team struggled to score. Only six Bulls scored in the game with two of them finishing with only a basket each.
Buffalo visit the Niagara Purple Eagles Friday to start the season. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.
Football (2-7, 1-4 MAC)
In their second straight Thursday night game, Buffalo’s football team fell 34-10 to the Ohio Bobcats (7-3, 5-1 MAC).
After a strong showing last week when they upset Akron, the Bulls couldn’t keep up the momentum. The Bulls moved the ball well but made a lot of mistakes. Buffalo outgained Ohio 413-392 on offense but two costly turnovers along with big plays allowed by the defense were too much for the Bulls to overcome. Freshman quarterback Tyree Jackson finished with his second 300-yard game of his career.
The Bulls move back to Saturday games when they host the Miami (OH) RedHawks this week. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
Swimming and diving
The women’s swimming and diving team had their first conference meet when they defeated the Akron Zips Friday. After dropping the first event they came back strong, winning the next two. They finished with wins in eight different events, including a dominant performance by junior swimmer Hannah Miller in the 1000 free. Senior diver Abbey Croce came away with wins in both the one-meter and three-meter dives.
For the men, sophomore swimmer Mason Miller was named MAC swimmer of the week after his strong showing against the Pittsburgh Panthers. He finished with four wins against the Panthers. With his teammates, he captured wins in the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 free relay, which he anchored. Individually he finished with wins in the 50 free and the 100 fly.
The swimming and diving team will be off until December when they head to the Akron Invitational for a three day meet, December 2-4.
Volleyball (4-23, 3-11)
UB volleyball captured a win in one of their last matches of the season. They defeated the Toledo Rockets (15-11, 8-6) 3-2 in five sets.
Sophomore outside hitter Valisha Watkins had 23 kills in the match. Buffalo will finish off its season this weekend with road matches against Bowling Green (18-9, 8-6) and Miami (OH) (21-5, 13-1).