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SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap – Week of January 16, 2011

SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap ? Week of January 16, 2011


All five winter teams were in action for the Bears last week.

Women?s Hockey

The women?s hockey team started the week with a 1-1 tie at home against Castleton State on Jan. 11. Potsdam got a first-period goal from Caitlin Manahan (St. Albans, Vt./Elmira College), but allowed a third-period goal while extending its unbeaten streak to five games. Sophomore goaltender Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y./Albany Ice Cats) made 26 saves for the Bears. Over the weekend Potsdam fell twice to Elmira by 5-2 and 5-0 scores. On Friday, freshman forward Emma Smetaniuk (Frankford, Ontario/Whitby Wolves) scored two first period power-play goals, but the Soaring Eagles responded with three second-period tallies to break a 2-2 tie. Conophy stopped 44 shots. On Saturday, Elmira again used a big second period to down Potsdam. The Soaring Eagles scored four second-period goals en route to the 5-0 win. Freshman goaltender Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) started in goal for the Bears, making 34 saves. Conophy played the entire third period, making 15 saves.

Men?s Hockey

The men?s hockey team posted a 1-1 record on the week. The Bears fell to No. 10 Castleton State 6-2 at home on Jan. 11. Sophomore defenseman Matt Miller (Pickering, Ontario/Cobourg Cougars) and freshman forward David Carr (Edmonton, Alberta/St. Albert Steel) scored for Potsdam. Junior goaltender Trevor O?Neill (Bobcaygeon, Ontario/Stouffville Spirit) made 34 saves. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the Bears broke out of their slump in a big way, downing Southern New Hampshire 6-0 on the road. Senior forward Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ontario/Oakville Blades) scored two goals and recorded an assist to lead Potsdam. Freshman forward Jesse Ostring (Ylojarvi, Finland/Sammon Lukio) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Junior goaltender Kevin McFarland (St. Louis, Mo./Woodstock Slammers) stopped 14 shots for his first collegiate win and shutout.

Women?s Basketball

The women?s basketball team struggled on the road at Oswego and Cortland on Jan. 14-15. The Lakers edged the Bears 42-38 on Friday. Senior captain Aimee Kellicutt (Lisle, N.Y./Whitney Point) posted 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Potsdam. Freshman guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) finished with six points, five rebounds and four steals, while junior forward Sophie Parks (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) totaled 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Against the Red Dragons, Potsdam wasn?t able to get its offense rolling and fell 75-40. Kellicutt contributed with four assists and four steals for the Bears, who had 11 different players score in the contest. Sophomore forward Adedoyin Akingba (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) grabbed five rebounds, including three offensive, and Parks finished with a team-high six rebounds.

Men?s Basketball

The men?s basketball team also fell twice in Central New York this weekend. On Friday, the Bears dropped a 73-60 decision at Oswego. Sophomore guard Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y./ George Westinghouse Vocational) paced the Bears with a 12-point, nine-rebound effort. Senior wing Anthony Williams (Long Island, N.Y./ Upper Room Christian Academy) contributed with nine rebounds and a team-high three steals, while junior guard Skip Schwartz (Rochester, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) tallied nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. On the following afternoon, Potsdam was defeated 70-58 by Cortland. Freshman forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y./Peru) led the Bears with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals, shooting 7-for-10 from the field. Pierce chipped in with 15 points, while Williams produced eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Swimming and Diving

The swimming and diving teams lost their first dual meet on Jan. 15, at home against Oswego. The women?s team suffered a 148-94 setback, while the men?s team fell 123.5-107.5. Sophomore Alexander Taylor (Port Ewen, N.Y./Kingston) won a team-high three events for the men, taking the 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore Shane Shaffer (Clayton, N.Y./Thousand Islands) and freshman Dylan Woythal (Duanesburg, N.Y./Schalmont) were also multiple-event winners for the Bears. Shaffer won the 1- and 3-meter diving events, while Woythal was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly event and as part of the 200-yard medley relay team. For the women, junior Brittany Berrus (Lowville, N.Y./Lowville) led the way with triumphs in the 200- and 100-yard freestyle events. Junior Hollie Heimer (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) and sophomore Liz Ringer (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) won one individual event apiece for Potsdam.

Male and Female Performers of the Week

Junior hockey player Kevin McFarland is this week?s Bears Male Performer of the Week. McFarland?s shutout of Southern New Hampshire on Jan. 15, ended Potsdam?s seven-game winless streak and was the first win of his collegiate career.

Junior swimmer Brittany Berrus is this week?s Bears Female Performer of the Week. Berrus led Potsdam with two wins in individual events in the meet against Oswego on Jan. 15.

Weekly Preview

The swimming and diving team is back in the pool on Friday, Jan. 21, at home against cross-town rival Clarkson. The dual meet at Maxcy Hall Pool is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Bears host North Country foe St. Lawrence at 3 p.m.

The women?s hockey team (5-9-1, 1-8 ECAC West) hosts Cortland for two ECAC West games on Jan. 22-23. The Bears face off with the Red Dragons at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The men?s hockey team (4-11-1, 2-6) returns to Maxcy Hall and conference play for SUNYAC showdowns with Brockport and sixth-ranked Geneseo on Jan. 21-22, respectively. Both contests are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The women?s basketball team (2-11, 1-5 SUNYAC) continues its conference schedule against Western New York rivals Buffalo State and Fredonia on Jan. 21-22. The Bears host the Bengals at 6 p.m. on Friday and the Blue Devils at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The men?s basketball team (4-9 overall, 3-3 SUNYAC) resumes conference action this Friday, Jan. 21, against Buffalo State in Jerry Welsh Gymnasium at 8 p.m. The Bears face Fredonia on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs, (315) 267-2918