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9.4.15
Women's Volleyball

vs Lock Haven University

12:00 PM - Allendale, MI

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Women's Tennis

at Molloy College

4:00 PM - West Hempstead, NY

9.4.15
Women's Volleyball

vs Bemidji State University

4:30 PM - Allendale, MI

9.5.15
Women's Soccer

at Slippery Rock University

1:00 PM - Slippery Rock, PA

9.5.15
Women's Triathlon

at Lake George Triathlon Festival

7:00 AM - Lake George, NY

9.5.15
Women's Volleyball

vs Quincy University

10:00 AM - Allendale, MI

9.5.15
Men's Soccer

at Slippery Rock University

3:30 PM - Slippery Rock, PA

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Athletes of the Month
Toria Williams
Women's Track & Field
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College track and field athletes Robert Ralyea (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) and Toria Williams (Buffalo, N.Y./Medaille College) have been named the Bedore Tours Student-Athletes of the Month for April, 2015.

Ralyea, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, took home conference champion honors in the pole vault after winning the event at the 2015 East Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Ralyea cleared 3.50 meters in the pole vault event, establishing a new conference record for the outdoor league meet, bettering the previous mark of 3.20 meters set by Michael Pignotti of Molloy College in 2013.  It was Ralyea's first conference title in the outdoor season; he already owns three-straight ECC pole vault championships during the indoor track and field season.  For his efforts, Ralyea was named a first team All-ECC competitor.

Ralyea also mustered a seventh-place finish at the ECC meet in the javelin with a long toss of 35.73 meters.  

Williams, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, also earned first team all-league honors after picking up her second-straight outdoor ECC title in the shot put.  Williams posted a long throw of 11.89 meters to outdistance the second-place effort of Tatyana Calhoun (11.46 meters) of the University of the District of Columbia.  She also finished fourth in the discus (27.85 meters), earning second team All-ECC accolades in that event, while posting a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw (27.00 meters).

The selections of Ralyea and Williams conclude the Bedore Tours Student-Athletes of the Month program for the 2014-15 academic year.  Selections will begin again in early October for the 2015-16 academic year.
Robert Ralyea
Men's Track & Field
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College track and field athletes Robert Ralyea (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) and Toria Williams (Buffalo, N.Y./Medaille College) have been named the Bedore Tours Student-Athletes of the Month for April, 2015.

Ralyea, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, took home conference champion honors in the pole vault after winning the event at the 2015 East Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Ralyea cleared 3.50 meters in the pole vault event, establishing a new conference record for the outdoor league meet, bettering the previous mark of 3.20 meters set by Michael Pignotti of Molloy College in 2013.  It was Ralyea's first conference title in the outdoor season; he already owns three-straight ECC pole vault championships during the indoor track and field season.  For his efforts, Ralyea was named a first team All-ECC competitor.

Ralyea also mustered a seventh-place finish at the ECC meet in the javelin with a long toss of 35.73 meters.  

Williams, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, also earned first team all-league honors after picking up her second-straight outdoor ECC title in the shot put.  Williams posted a long throw of 11.89 meters to outdistance the second-place effort of Tatyana Calhoun (11.46 meters) of the University of the District of Columbia.  She also finished fourth in the discus (27.85 meters), earning second team All-ECC accolades in that event, while posting a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw (27.00 meters).

The selections of Ralyea and Williams conclude the Bedore Tours Student-Athletes of the Month program for the 2014-15 academic year.  Selections will begin again in early October for the 2015-16 academic year.
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8.25.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - The East Coast Conference announced its men's and women's cross country preseason poll today in a joint press release after conducting voting from each of the league's head coaches.  On the women's side, Daemen College has been picked to finish fifth while the Wildcat men's team has been picked eighth.  Both teams are about to embark not only on their first season as full members of NCAA Division II, but also there first under the direction of head coach Paul Lagno.

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8.24.15 | Women's Tennis
AMHERST, N.Y. - The women's tennis coaches in the East Coast Conference have picked Daemen College to finish seventh in 2015, according to the ECC preseason poll which was released by the conference office today.  

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8.19.15 | Women's Tennis
AMHERST, N.Y. - The Daemen College women's tennis team will get back in action with a pair of East Coast Conference matches to begin their 2015-16 schedule which was officially announced today by head coach Stephen Beatty.  Road matches at Molloy College (Sept. 4; 3 p.m.) and Queens College (Sept. 5; 12:30 p.m.) get the season started with a bang as Beatty's squad looks to move up the ECC standings this fall.

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8.11.15 | Women's Basketball
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Head Women's Basketball Coach David Skolen formally announced his 2015 recruiting class today, adding Jesse DeWaters (Lockport, N.Y./Niagara County CC) and Erin Egan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South), a pair of local standouts, to a roster that includes four returning starters for the the 2015-16 season. 

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8.10.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II Presidents Council, the body that helps set policy and the strategic direction for all Division II colleges nationwide. The council is composed of 16 presidents or chancellors of Division II colleges across the country.

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8.6.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - Newly-appointed head coach Paul Lagno officially released the Daemen College men's and women's cross country schedules for the 2015 season today, with all sights set on the East Coast Conference Championships on October 24 in Brookville, N.Y.

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8.5.15 | Men's Soccer
AMHERST, N.Y. - The Daemen College men's soccer team looks to continue its growth in 2015 with a 16-game schedule put together by new bench boss Dan Dolan who officially released it today.  Dolan, who has coached the Daemen women's soccer team since 2009 (he will continue to coach that team in addition to the men), believes his program is on the rise.

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8.4.15 | Women's Soccer
AMHERST, N.Y. - The Daemen College women's soccer team will open their 2015 season with back-to-back road games against a pair of conference tournament qualifiers from last season, as part of an 18-game slate that will take them across New York State with additional travel to Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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8.3.15 | General
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Bridget Niland, Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President at Daemen College, has been named to the Power 100 Women, a ranking of the most influential women in Western New York published by Buffalo Business First.  

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8.3.15 | Women's Volleyball
Tournaments in Michigan and Connecticut and 16 East Coast Conference matches highlight the 2015 Daemen College women's volleyball schedule which was released today by newly-appointed head coach Bob Maxwell.

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7.30.15 | Men's Basketball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Daemen College men's basketball player Arif Mehmetaj (Jamaica, N.Y./SUNY Delhi) has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing his academic achievement during the 2014-15 academic year.  Mehmetaj is part of a record-number of Honors Court recipients as the NABC recognized 1,000 student-athletes from 350 colleges and universities with today's announcement.

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7.29.15 | General
Central Islip, N.Y. - On Wednesday afternoon, East Coast Conference Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff, announced the list of 1,125 student-athletes that have been named to the ECC Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2014-2015 academic year. For the seventh consecutive year, the number of honorees at the ECC's 11 member institutions and three associate members has increased (1,102 in 2013-14; 979 in 2012-13; 759 in 2011-12; 678 in 2010-11; 654 in 2009-10; 617 in 2008-09; 613 in 2007-08).

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7.22.15 | Men's Basketball
AMHERST, N.Y. - Former Daemen College basketball star Gerald Beverly (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) has inked his first professional contract and will join Telekom Baskets of the Bundesliga, one of the top professional leagues in Europe.

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7.21.15 | Women's Volleyball
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Director of Athletics Bridget Niland announced today the hiring of Bob Maxwell as the Wildcats' next Head Women's Volleyball Coach.  In addition, Niland reported that Stephanie Albano has been named the program's Associate Head Coach.

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7.20.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College has been recommended for advancement to active membership status at the Division II level by the NCAA's Membership Committee.  Daemen officials learned the news late last week in a phone call to President Gary A. Olson, and made the announcement public by hosting a press conference today at Lumsden Gymnasium.

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7.17.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 20 to announce the NCAA Division II Membership Committee has recommended Daemen Athletics for advancement to active membership status beginning with the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. 

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7.10.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Director of Athletics Bridget Niland announced today the hiring of Paul Lagno as the Wildcats' next head coach for both the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs.  Lagno will join Daemen Athletics in a full-time capacity officially on July 15 and will hold the additional administrative role of Recruiting Coordinator.

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7.2.15 | Women's Bowling
Central Islip, N.Y. - East Coast Conference Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff, announced today the addition of women's bowling as the league's 18th championship sport. The ECC will become the seventh NCAA conference to sponsor women's bowling and the second comprised of only Division II institutions.

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6.29.15 | Men's Basketball
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike MacDonald formally announced a quartet of signings in his 2015 recruiting class today as Devante Hagins (Rochester, N.Y./Leadership Academy), Melvin Grayson (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas), Giambattista Davis (Buffalo, N.Y./Park) and Darius Garvin (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) all confirmed earlier verbal commitments by signing on the dotted line in recent weeks.

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6.19.15 | Women's Soccer
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Head Women's Soccer Coach Dan Dolan formally announced his 2015 recruiting class today, bringing seven student-athletes into the program which is looking to climb the ranks of the East Coast Conference.

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