Two Niagara hockey players who starred in last weekend’s shutout sweep of Connecticut were honored Monday by the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Senior forward Giancarlo Iuorio earned AHA Player of the Week honors after he scored five goals in the two-game series, including a hat trick in a 3-0 win over UConn last Friday night. Iuorio had two goals in the Purple Eagles’ 5-0 win in the series finale on Saturday.
Junior Carsen Chubak, who was in nets for both shutouts, is AHA Goalie of the Week. Chubak made 34 saves in the first NU victory and 26 the next day. It was the second and third shutouts of the season for Chubak (4-1-3) and third straight start with a shutout. He also played in a 4-4 tie at Clarkson in between the first two shutouts. He leads the nation in save percentage (.962) and shutouts and his 1.23 goals-against average is second.
MEN’S SOCCER: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion Medaille (17-2-0) drew Rutgers-Camden as its first-round opponent at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at York (Pa.) College in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Rutgers-Camden (16-2-2) won the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament championship last week. The winner of the Medaille-Camden game will face the winner of York and St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Sunday.
Medaille earned the NCAA berth with a 1-0 victory over Penn State-Behrend in the AMCC Tournament championship game. The Mavericks bring a seven-game win streak into the NCAAs and have outscored their opponents, 21-1, in that span. They also have 13 shutouts for the season. Rutgers-Camden is unbeaten (8-0-2) in its last 10 games including a 3-0 win over Rowan in the NJAC title game.
Medaille returns to the tournament after a one-year absence, having reached the Sweet 16 in 2010 before losing to eventual national champion Messiah (Pa.).
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Medaille has drawn Mount Union (Ohio) as its first-round opponent on Thursday at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Lady Mavs earned the automatic bid by defeating Penn State-Behrend in four games for the championship of the AMCC Tournament. They are riding an 11-match win streak. Mount Union’s Raiders are 26-6 after a loss in four sets to Otterbein in the championship game of the Ohio Athletic Conference. Exact time of the Medaille-Mount Union game will be announced today.
Samantha Good of Canisius was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season and sixth time in her career. Good averaged 4.71 kills per set and 1.57 blocks per set with a .609 attack percentage and six service aces in Canisius victories over Manhattan and Saint Peter’s. The Golden Griffins clinched a spot in the MAAC Championships Nov. 17-18 at Fairfield University. Canisius can win its first MAAC regular-season championship with wins over Iona and Fairfield this weekend.
FOOTBALL: Patrick Clarke, whose 47-yard field goal at the end of regulation time lifted the University at Buffalo over Miami (Ohio), 27-24, was named Mid-American Conference East Special Teams Player of the Week. UB running back Branden Oliver was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries against Miami.