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9.4.15
Women's Volleyball

vs Lock Haven University

12:00 PM - Allendale, MI

9.4.15
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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7.21.15 | 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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7.10.15 | 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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6.19.15 | 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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6.11.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from the Daemen College Athletic Department volunteered at four area Tim Hortons locations as part of its annual Tim Hortons Children's Foundation Camp Day which aims to raise funds to send kids from low-income families to camp for an unforgettable experience this summer.  

As part of its Camp Day celebration, Tim Hortons donates 100-percent of its coffee sales that day to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation.  In addition, volunteers from local organizations, such as Daemen Athletics, participate in the festivities by welcoming guests, serving coffee and thanking customers for their donations.

"We, at Daemen Athletics, were honored to participate in the annual Tim Hortons Camp Day," said Dawn Reed, Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, who organized Daemen Athletics' involvement.  "We are grateful for the investment the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation makes in the Western New York community and are proud to support these initiatives."

Officials from various Daemen teams participated in the event, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country/track and field and men's golf.  Director of Athletics Bridget Niland and Associate Athletic Director Jessica Gorski were also on hand.

All-in-all, Tim Hortons raised $12.4 million on Camp Day across all of its locations in North America.

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5.29.15 | Women's Volleyball
AMHERST, N.Y. - Daemen College Head Women's Volleyball Coach Mark Parisi formally announced the signings of a pair of out-of-state recruits today, adding Courtney Bernard (Lancaster, Ohio/Fairfield Union) and Karissa Hegens (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights), both freshmen-to-be, to his 2015 recruiting class.

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5.27.15 | General
Looking To Bounce Back

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5.26.15 | Women's Volleyball
Learning Curves

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5.20.15 | General
AMHERST, N.Y. - On Friday, May 15, the Daemen College Athletic Department hosted its inaugural Senior Student-Athlete Luncheon at Buffalo Yacht Club.  The event, championed by Director of Athletics Bridget Niland and Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Jessica Gorski, aimed to recognize the 28 senior student-athletes who exhausted their respective eligibilities during the 2014-15 academic year.

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5.19.15 | Women's Soccer
The Daemen College women's soccer team entered the 2014 season with a bit of unfinished business. The Wildcats closed out the 2013 season by advancing to the championship game of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) championship tournament for the second-straight year, but Daemen was denied a second-straight title following a 3-2 overtime loss to arch-rival University of Maine Fort Kent in the title game. The 2014 season would end in similar fashion, as the Wildcats once again advanced to the USCAA national championship game only to suffer a 2-0 setback to UMFK. The Wildcats battled the top-seeded Lady Bengals to a scoreless tie through 72 minutes, but UMFK broke the tie in the 73rd minute and added an insurance goal with less than five minutes to play in regulation.

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