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By John Addyman

JAVON MCCREA (Newark) and the Buffalo Bulls notched their first-ever
post-season road win on Monday against Quinnipiac, 75-68, in the CIT.
   WAYNE COUNTY (Mar 16 11) – The basketball post-season isn’t quite over for Wayne County players.
   The University of Buffalo, with freshman forward phenom Javon McCrea (Newark) still picking up awards (see “Honors,” below), is in the thick of the CIT – the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament – as one of 24 teams contesting the title.
   On Monday, the Bulls visited Quinnipiac University and picked up their first-ever post-season road win, besting the Bobcats, 75-68. Other winners in the CIT first round were East Tennessee State, Northern Iowa, Air Force and University of Ohio. 

   The format of the tournament, to quote the website: “12 teams will advance with four teams receiving a bye into the quarterfinals, based on seeding. The seeding will be determined using RPI, strength of schedule, conference ranking and geographical location. The tournament format is similar to that of the old NIT model, which had no pre-set bracket, with the results from the previous round determining the match-ups in the next round. Ideally, teams can be kept within their geographic region to cut down on travel.”
   What that means is that A) Buffalo didn’t get a bye to the quarterfinals, and B) doesn’t know whom it will be playing until all the first-round games are completed on Wednesday and the seedings are compared. The Bulls should be in action again Friday or Saturday…somewhere.
   In Javon’s first-ever post-season tournament game, he scored six points, blocked two shots and took down three rebounds against Quinnipiac. 
   He made quite a game of it in the Mid-American Conference playoff quarterfinal against top-seeded Kent State last Thursday, scoring a career-high 28 points and adding a career-high 13 rebounds in a losing cause, as the Bulls couldn’t reel in an early 15-point Golden Flash lead and fell, 73-62…and that looked like the end of the season until the CIT came knocking.
Jackie Loson
Leads Canisius in ground balls, win
   Rochester Institute of Technology sophomore goalkeeper Katelyn Crane (Pal-Mac) stopped 16 shots and the Tigers rose up to grab their first win of the season on Saturday, 14-10 over Oneonta. The game was tied at 8 with 18:16 left to play when RIT went on a binge and scored six of the last eight goals to get the win. The Tigers are 1-3.
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   Canisius College senior lacrosse midfielder Jackie Loson (Newark) picked up a team-high six ground balls and caused two turnovers Sunday when the Golden Griffins knocked off Longwood College, 8-7. Canisius spotted Longwood a 4-3 halftime lead, then scored the first four goals of the second half – plus an insurance tally on a free position shot with 11:26 gone – to get the win. The Griffins are 3-3.
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   Keuka College men’s lacrosse stubbed its toe for the first time this season, getting bested by RIT on Saturday, 18-6. Sophomore defender Scott Welch (Pal-Mac) scooped one ground ball for the Storm.
   College of Saint Rose junior pitcher Sarah Arbogast (Newark) got her first win of the season on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, on the last day of the Golden Knights’ southern swing.
   Sarah took the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning against new York Institute of Technology, allowing one run on two hits. That run she gave up tied the score at one, but the Knights put six runs across in the top of the sixth and Sarah was credited with the victory, 7-1. Saint Rose lost the getaway game to Nyack, 13-5.
   Saint Rose is 3-6; Sarah is 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA.
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   Finger Lakes Community College got its first win of the season on Monday, knocking off Lackawanna Community College, 4-2. Freshman infielder Sara List (Sodus/DeSales) drove in two runs to spark the win for the 1-3 Lakers.
   Finger Lakes Community College sophomore second baseman Dylan Ternoois (Lyons) went 2-for-4 at the plate and hit the game-winning RBI in the Lakers’ 6-5 win over Allegany College of Maryland on Sunday. That win came in the second game of a doubleheader, with FLCC dropping the first game, 10-3. The Lakers are off to a 3-4 start.
   Nazareth College started its spring season with wins over Concordia College of Wisconsin and Texas Lutheran, then ran into William Jewell College on Tuesday and got spanked, 7-2.
   Golden Flyer senior Adam Landry (Pal-Mac) got victimized twice against Jewell, losing to Kyle Thomas in fourth singles (5-7, 0-6) and then losing at second doubles, with partner Jeremy Mancus, to Bronson Brasse and Shane Giannetti, 8-0.
   Adam did much better against Texas Lutheran, getting a win at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0) and teaming with Mancus to win at second doubles, 8-6.  In the Concordia match, Adam lost at fourth singles but he and Mancus won at second doubles.
   Nazareth is 2-3 this spring.
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   Keuka College opened its tennis season on Sunday with a 6-3 loss to D’Youville College. Storm freshman Justin Fries (Marion) got his collegiate career baptism at the hands of the Spartans’ unbeaten Steve Beatty, who knocked off young Justin in first singles, 6-0, 6-0.
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   Methodist University sophomore Stacey Brooks (Newark) teamed with Laura Baker to get an 8-2 win at third doubles when the Monarchs got a 6-3 victory over Moravian College in the last spring-break match on Thursday.
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   Le Moyne College sophomore Rebecca Black (Pal-Mac) got a win in second singles over Pace University’s Liz Plakhotnaya (6-4, 6-3), but lost, with partner Caroline Tisdale, to Plakhotnaya and Simona Mrazova in first doubles, 8-6. The Dolphins are still looking for their first win of the spring season after bowing to Pace, 5-4.
   University of Buffalo freshman forward Javon McCrea, who was named the MAC Freshman of the Year last week, has now been named to the All-MAC Honorable Mention squad. Javon’s teammates Byron Mulkey and Zach Filzen also received MAC recognition – the first time three UB players have been honored in one season.
   Javon averages 11 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. He led the MAC in field goal percentage, shooting 63.9 percent from the field. He ranked fourth in the MAC with 52 blocked shots and was second on the Bulls with 38 steals. He is the first UB freshman to be named to the All-MAC team. The young man just keeps rewriting the book at Buffalo.
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   Have news about a local Wayne County athlete who is now competing in a college sport? If you send us a note at john.addyman@yahoo.com, we’ll follow that athlete through the season.




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