This Week in Buffalo Sports – May 15, 2023

In pro lacrosses, the Bandits beat Toronto in the semifinal playoff round 2 games to 0, with a combined score of 31-13. The Bandits will advance to their third straight championship game — they lost to Calgary in 2019 and Colorado in 2022, with the two seasons in between cancelled by COVID. This will be Buffalo’s twelfth appearance in the championship since joining the league in 1992, and the Bandits will be playing for their fifth league title over Memorial Day weekend (time TBA).

In UB sports, several Bulls took home gold at the MAC Track & Field Championships this week, as Christina Wende finished first in women’s long jump, Jonathan Surdej won men’s shot put, and Scilla Benussi and Danil Chernov domianted both men’s and women’s javelin. Here’s how all of UB’s athletes who made the finals in their events placed, in the order the events took place:

Men’s 100m Dash: Chineme Ononiwu (4th), Jean Desir (7th)

Women’s 100m Hurdles: Christina Wende (5th)

Men’s 100m Hurdles: Chineme Ononiwu (3rd)

Men’s 200m Dash: Jaron Meyer (5th)

Men’s 400m Dash: Tal Hamel (3rd)

Men’s 800m Run: Gabe Watson (8th)

Men’s 1500m Run: Noah Brightman (14th)

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Vassi Klock (8th)

Men’s 5000m Run: Ryan Buzby (8th), Alex Hislop (10th), Cory Demo (12th)

Men’s 10000m Run: Ryan Buzby (7th), William Marchant (8th)

Women’s 4×100 Relay: Travasia Singletary, Christina Wende, Kaylah Britt, Zaria Fuller (7th)

Men’s 4×100 Relay: Jean Desir, Jaron Meyer, Chineme Ononiwu, Justin Kleppel (3rd)

Women’s 4×400 Relay: Johanna Kleiner, Allison Newton, Vassi Klock, Kelsey Shapiro (11th)

Men’s 4×400 Relay: Brandon Robinson, Johann Matzal, Fernando Sanchez, Tal Hamel (3rd)

Women’s High Jump: Zaria Fuller (2nd), Zahra Amos (5th), Kelsey Shapiro (17th)

Men’s High Jump: Calvin Finger (4th), Daniel Muccini (8th)

Women’s Pole Vault: Violet Drinkwater (12th)

Men’s Pole Vault: Brian Murphy (5th)

Women’s Long Jump: Christina Wende (1st), Kaylah Britt (12th)

Men’s Long Jump: Daniel Muccini (8th)

Women’s Triple Jump: Christina Wende (3rd), Kaylah Britt (8th), Emily Tait (12th)

Women’s Shot Put: Teasha McKoy (5th)

Men’s Shot Put: Jonathan Surdej (1st), Mark Przyboki (4th), Quinn Smith (11th)

Women’s Discus: Teasha McKoy (10th)

Men’s Discus: Will Trembly (7yh), Quinn Smith (8th)

Women’s Hammer Throw: Imahni Sinclair (3rd)

Women’s Javelin Throw: Scilla Benussi (1st)

Men’s Javelin Throw: Danil Chernov (1st)

Women’s Heptathlon: Scilla Benussi (3rd), Kelsey Shapiro (10th)

Men’s Decathlon: Kevin Gabalski (2nd), Michael Wolford (3rd)

Subject will report back on the results of the National Lacrosse League finals and the NCAA Track & Field Championships in late May, but as that is the last remaining UB sporting event of the season, and the Bisons are the only pro team in town, this will be the last sports calendar until preseason football starts in August. Enjoy your summer, sports fans!