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SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap – Week of February 6, 2011
SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap ? Week of February 6, 2011
While the swimming & diving teams had the week off, both basketball and hockey teams were in the home stretch of their conference schedules.
On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the women?s basketball team captured its first road victory of the season, 62-51, over Plattsburgh. Senior captain Aimee Kellicutt (Lisle, N.Y./Whitney Point) tied a career high with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y./Cushing Academy) scored 11 points for the Bears, while freshman forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster/Webster Schroeder) added nine points and three steals. Freshman guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) scored all seven of her points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds. The weekend was tougher for Potsdam as the Bears fell at Geneseo and Brockport on Feb. 4-5. In a 74-46 loss to the Blue Knights on Friday, Kouzan tallied a team-high eight points to go with three rebounds. Senior captain Brittany Whitton (DeKalb, N.Y./Hermon-DeKalb) registered seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Briedis and junior forward Alicia Bradberry (Sandy Creek, N.Y./Sandy Creek) finished with seven points apiece. On Saturday, the Golden Eagles rallied late for a 52-45 win. Kellicutt totaled a team-high 15 points to go along with four assists and three steals. Briedis finished with nine points, four rebounds and three steals, while junior forward Sophie Parks (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) posted eight points and four rebounds.
The men?s basketball team was defeated in three conference games last week. The Bears were downed at Plattsburgh, 80-71, on Tuesday. Sophomore guard Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y./George Westinghouse Vocational) recorded his fourth double-double of the season with a 19-point, 10-rebound effort to lead Potsdam. Senior guard Eddie Cross (Hudson, N.Y./Shaker) tallied 13 points off the bench, while senior guard Anthony Williams (Long Island, N.Y./Upper Room Christian Academy) and freshman guard Tony Efese (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional) finished with 12 points apiece. On Friday at Geneseo, the Blue Knights shot nearly 67 percent from the field for an 84-63 victory over the Bears. Efese paced Potsdam with 11 points, while Pierce totaled 10 points and seven rebounds and four assists, both team highs. Williams and Cross registered eight points apiece. The Bears closed out the weekend with an 86-69 loss to the Brockport Golden Eagles. Pierce totaled a team-best 18 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Efese continued his strong play with 13 points and six rebounds. Williams added 10 points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists.
After having their Wednesday road match-up with Plattsburgh snowed out, the women?s hockey team rescheduled the contest for Friday, Feb. 4. In the Bears? lone game of the week, the third-ranked Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and went on to a 6-1 victory. Freshman forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) scored a power-play goal for the Bears and freshman forward Emma Smetaniuk (Frankford, Ontario/Whitby Wolves) and junior defenseman Brandi Atwell (Cornwall, Ontario/Cornwall Typhoons) recorded the assists. In goal, freshman Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) stopped 44 shots.
At Morrisville on Friday, Feb. 4, the men?s hockey team scored a season-best eight goals to complete a season sweep of the Mustangs with an 8-5 SUNYAC road victory on Friday night. The Bears got two goals apiece from senior forward Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ontario/Oakville Blades) and freshman forward Adam Place (Toronto, Ontario/Bowmanville Eagles). Smith also recorded two assists for a four-point performance, while junior forward Sy Nutkevitch (Montreal, Quebec/Cornwall Colts) tallied four assists, and senior forward Colin MacLennan (Whitby, Ontario/Ajax Attack) added a goal and two assists. Junior goaltender Kevin McFarland (St. Louis, Mo./Woodstock Slammers) made 38 saves to earn his first career SUNYAC win and second victory overall.
Male and Female Performers of the Week
Senior hockey player Fraser Smith is this week?s Bears Male Performer of the Week. The forward?s two goals and two assists helped the Bears to an 8-5 victory over Morrisville on Friday night. Smith is tied for the team lead in scoring with 20 points and leads the team in goals with 12.
Senior basketball player Aimee Kellicutt is this week?s Bears Female Performer of the Week. The Bears? captain averaged 14 points per game in Potsdam?s three contests this week. This season, Kellicutt leads Potsdam in scoring average (10.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.379), assists per game (3.1), and steals per game (2.5).
After a week off, the swimming & diving teams travel to Buffalo on Wednesday, Feb. 9, for the SUNYAC Championships at Erie Community College.
The women?s basketball team (3-17, 2-11 SUNYAC) returns to Maxcy Hall for a pair of home games on Feb. 11-12. Friday night is Bear Pride Night with contests and prizes for fans, students, and alumni as the Bears host Cortland at 6 p.m. The match-up with the Red Dragons will also be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports (channel 9 in Potsdam). On Saturday, Potsdam faces Oswego at 2 p.m. The Bears are currently one game out of a playoff spot.
The men?s basketball team (6-14, 5-8 SUNYAC) takes on the Red Dragons and Lakers in the friendly confines of Jerry Welsh Gymnasium on Feb. 11-12. Friday?s game with Cortland will also be broadcast on Time Warner Sports at 8 p.m. as the Bears try to improve their playoff position. Tip-off with Oswego is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The men?s hockey team (6-14-1, 4-9 SUNYAC) heads to Western N.Y. for games with Fredonia and Buffalo State on Feb. 11-12. The Bears face the Blue Devils on Friday at 7 p.m. Potsdam trails Fredonia by three points for the final SUNYAC playoff spot. On Saturday, the Bears continue their playoff push against the Bengals at 7 p.m.
The women?s hockey team (8-12-1, 4-10 ECAC West) is back home for two games against Neumann on Feb. 12-13, as the Bears continue to battle for the last playoff spot in the ECAC West. Face off is 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs, (315) 267-2918