Bengal Beat Volume 12 Issue12

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Recapping events from Monday, November 10 - Sunday, November 16

MEN’S BASKETBALL (0-0) – Men's Basketball Wins Opening Exhibition, 61-46

Buffalo State opened its season on Friday with a home exhibition contest against Niagara College of Welland, Ontario, winning 61-46.

Jeremy Konst (Williamsville/Williamsville East) led the Bengals with 11 points and four assists. Michael Miranto (N. Tonawanda/N. Tonawanda) added 10 points and three steals, and Jon Allport-Cohoon (Lockport/Lockport) led the team with six rebounds.

CROSS COUNTRY – Cross Country Finishes Season at NCAA Regionals

Buffalo State wrapped up its 2003 cross country season at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals today at Geneseo, as the men finished 23rd of 30 teams and the women placed 19th of 30.

AJ Walsh (Hamburg/Frontier) led the Bengals on the men's side as he placed 33rd of 217 runners with a time of 26:18. Matt Kubiak (Lakeview/Frontier) was the second Bengal to finish, placing 110th with a time of 27:46.

On the women's side, Aleksandra Halin (Clarence/Clarence) was the top scorer, finishing 51st of 206 athletes with a time of 24:55. Jennifer Vacanti (Niagara Falls/Niagara-Wheatfield) was the second fasted Bengal, placing 82nd with a time of 25:38.

FOOTBALL (2-8) – Football Shocks Washington & Jefferson, 10-7

Ken Ciolek's (Limestone/Bradford Area) 34-yard field goal with 2:02 to play stunned the No. 17 team in the nation, as visiting Buffalo State upset Washington & Jefferson, 10-7, Saturday in the Bengals' season finale.

Buffalo State got on the scoreboard first when Curtis Hathcock (Buffalo/Bennett) scored on a one-yard run with three minutes remaining in the opening half, capping a 15-play, 63-yard drive. The Presidents answered on the ensuing possession, taking 10 plays to drive 65 yards to the end zone, culminated by a 12-yard pass from Brent Marsteller to Garrett Brain just 21 before intermission.

Each team had four failed possessions to open the second half. Washington & Jefferson attempted to take the lead on a pair of occasions, but had two field goals blocked by the Bengals' Shaun Zelasko (Hamburg/Hamburg). Buffalo State broke the scoreless drought and reclaimed the lead with just 2:02 remaining when Ken Ciolek booted a 34-yard field goal to take a 10-7 advantage.

The Presidents returned the following kickoff to their 41-yard line, but Buffalo State's John Lesure (Rochester/Greece-Athena) intercepted a Marsteller pass just two plays later. Buffalo State held the ball for just 20 seconds, however, and was forced to punt with 1:22 remaining. Washington & Jefferson drove the ball to the Bengals' 35-yard line, but Lesure ended the threat with his second interception in just over a minute with 24 seconds to play.

Hank Pirowski (Lackawanna/Lackawanna) led the Bengals defense with 10 tackles. Michael Holbok (Williamsville/St. Joes) recorded four solo stops, including a sack and three for losses. Offensively, Marc Hoppy (Lancaster/Depew) had 12 catches for 100 yards, breaking the Buffalo State record for catches in a game of 11. He also broke the school record for catches in a season with 62, surpassing the old mark of 51. Mike Mikolaichik (Hilton/Hilton) was 22-for-30 for 143 yards and tailback Curtis Hathcock carried the ball 34 times for 93 yards.

The Bengals finish the 2003 season with a 2-8 record after their first road victory since 2000. Washington & Jefferson is 8-2 and will have to sit and wait to see if it will earn a bid to the NCAA Playoffs.

MEN’S HOCKEY (1-7) – Bengals Drops A Pair Of Conference Games At Home

Buffalo State fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the SUNYAC with a pair of losses last weekend.

Buffalo State fell to the 3rd ranked Oswego Lakers 6-2 at home on Friday night.

The Bengals went into the lockeroom after the first period lay down 3-0. Sophomore defensemen Sean O’Connell (Buffalo/Capital Centre Pride) scored an unassisted goal nine minutes into the second period to make the score 3-1. The Lakers would score twice more in the second to finish the second period scoring 5-1. Mike Zalewski (Grand Rapids, MI/Bancroft Hawks) added a goal in the third to finish the scoring for the Bengals. Brendon Ramsay (Tampa, FL/Cherry Hill) and Adam Horvath (Coplay, PA/Pelham) combined for 47 stops in the game.

Buffalo State fell 7-4 on Saturday to Cortland at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.

Mike DeMarco (Niagara Falls/Ft. Erie Meteors) led the Bengals' offensive attack with two goals and an assist. Greg Prybylski (Cheektowaga/Capital Centre Pride) also scored twice for Buffalo State and Mark Yoder (Ft. Wayne, IN/Grand Rapids) and Sean Castagna San Jose/CA, Bonnyville Pontiacs) each recorded a pair of assists. The Red Dragons held a 32-19 advantage in shots on goal.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY (1-6) – Bengals Drop Three Non-conference Games This Week

Buffalo State dropped three straight contests this week including a 2-0 loss to RIT on Wednesday, and a 4-1 and 8-0 loss to Utica over the weekend.

Buffalo State failed to score a goal for the second straight game as the Bengals fell to RIT on Wednesday by a 2-0 score at the Ice Arena.

The Tigers scored both of their goals in the second period to improve their record to 3-0 on the season, while the Bengals dropped to 1-4. Buffalo State goaltender Mary Keddie (Williamsville/Buffalo Bisons) made 38 saves in the loss as RIT outshot the Bengals 40-13.

Buffalo State dropped a non-conference game to Utica 4-1 on Saturday at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.

The Bengals struck first, 32 seconds in the first period when Tami Clayton (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South Indians) scored her first goal as a Bengal unassisted. The Bengals would be unable to score again despite having 20 shots on goal in the game. The Pioneers scored one goal in each of the first two periods, and added two goals in the final frame to finish the scoring at 4-1. Senior Mary Keddie (Williamsville/Buffalo Bisons) made 33 saves in net for the Bengals.

In the 8-0 loss to Utica on Sunday, West Seneca native Crissy Michalek (West Seneca/Buffalo Saints) made 35 saves in net for the Bengals. Pioneer goalie Alex Talbott had 11 saves in the shutout.

The Bengals are back in action on Saturday, November 22 when they travel to Elmira for a pair of ECAC West contests.

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