Niagara University men’s soccer player Matt Stedman (Lockport) was named to the NSCAA/Adidas New York Region first team.

Stedman, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, led the MAAC with 36 points and 10 assists. The junior was second in the MAAC with 13 goals. His average of 1.89 points per game was sixth in the nation.

Niagara forward Matt Spooner was a second-team selection. Spooner had six goals and seven assists for 19 points for the Purple Eagles (9-9-1 overall, 5-4-0 MAAC), who had their best season in 17 years.

The University at Buffalo also had two all-region players. Forward Lee Catchpole was named to the first team, while midfielder Greg Galemore was named to the second team.

n Looking for a unique gift for a Niagara University basketball fan or for anyone who appreciates the heritage of NU basketball and the Little 3?

You may want to consider the book “Taps: The Gentleman Coach,” by Lloyd Patterson.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Niagara basketball, the Patterson family has made a limited number of the books available. Patterson, whose association with Gallagher began in 1946 as a member of the NU basketball team and continued as a member of Gallagher’s coaching staff at NU, wrote the book shortly after Gallagher’s death in 1982.

The cost is $19, with a portion of the proceeds going to Niagara University athletics and the men’s basketball program.

The order form is available at www.purpleeagles.com. Orders for Christmas delivery must be received by Sunday.

n The Niagara University hockey teams dominated the weekly College Hockey America awards list after an impressive weekend.

Goalie Allison Rutledge was named the CHA defensive player of the week and the USCHO.com defensive player of the week after leading the NU women’s team to a sweep of eighth-ranked Clarkson at Dwyer Arena.

Rutledge made 38 saves in Friday’s 4-1 win over Clarkson and followed that performance with another 38-save effort in a 1-0 shutout of Clarkson the following day.

Rutledge’s .921 save percentage is 15th in the nation. She is averaging 36.59 saves per 60 minutes of action.

Emily Castonguay was named the CHA rookie of the week after picking up an assist in each game against Clarkson. Castonguay has one assist in each of her last three games. All four of her assists this season have come on game-tying or go-ahead goals.

Senior goalie Jeff Van Nynatten was selected as the CHA men’s hockey defensive player of the week after registering back-to-back shutouts of Robert Morris in a CHA series at Dwyer.

Van Nynatten made 26 saves in a 1-0 win over the Colonials on Friday and 32 saves in a 3-0 victory the following day. Van Nynatten now has five shutouts in his NU career.

Junior Sean Bentivoglio, who had three goals in the two games against Robert Morris, was the CHA offensive player of the week.

Niagara (9-7-1 overall, 5-2-1 CHA) is in first place in the CHA, three points ahead of Bemidji State. However, the Beavers have two games in hand.

Rutledge and Van Nynatten also were named Niagara’s athletes of the week.

n The Iona men’s basketball team, off to its best start in 21 years, received 14 votes in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

The Gaels (7-0) are one of 20 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I. Iona gets a big test in its next game when it travels to Kentucky on Dec. 23. Kentucky (6-3) is ranked 23rd in the latest AP poll.

Three teams receiving votes in the latest AP poll are on Niagara’s schedule this season: Bucknell (59 votes), Iona (14 votes) and UB (4 votes). The biggest “name” on Niagara’s schedule — Notre Dame — didn’t receive any votes. The Purple Eagles are at Notre Dame on Wednesday.

n Buffalo State College men’s hockey player Jason Hill (Niagara Falls) was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference rookie of the week. Hill had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Lebanon Valley and a goal in Buff State’s 4-1 loss to Lebanon Valley the following day.

The goals were the first two of Hill’s collegiate career. Buffalo State is 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference.