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SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap – Week of December 12, 2010

SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap ? Week of December 12, 2010


The men?s and women?s basketball and men?s and women?s hockey teams all wrapped up their first semester schedules this week.

Women?s Basketball

The women?s basketball team fell 75-43 at Skidmore on Dec. 7. The Thoroughbreds? 14 three-pointers proved too much for Potsdam to overcome. Sophomore guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y./Cushing Academy) scored a team-high 10 points and senior captain Aimee Kellicutt (Lisle, N.Y./Whitney Point) and freshman guard Jessica Dailey (Evans Mills, N.Y./Indian River) each posted six points.

Men?s Basketball

The men?s basketball team opened its week on Dec. 7 with a home contest against St. Lawrence. The Saints shot 60 percent from the floor and used a big first half run to take control of the game, en route to a 70-48 victory. Sophomore wing Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y./ George Westinghouse Vocational) led the Bears with 17 points and nine rebounds, while four players finished with six points, including senior Anthony Williams (Long Island, N.Y./ Upper Room Christian Academy), who also registered four rebounds and five assists off the bench. Next Potsdam headed to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for the King's College Ramada Inn Tournament on Dec. 10-11. On Friday, the Bears fell to the host Monarchs 86-72. Williams posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to go along with a team-high four assists. Freshman forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y./Peru) shot 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points, while senior guard Eddie Cross (Hudson, N.Y./Shaker) also finished in double figures with 10 points. In the consolation game on Saturday, Brooklyn College defeated Potsdam 69-57. Pierce totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Bears. Following the tournament, Duquette was named to the All-Tournament team. The freshman shot 75 percent from the floor in the two games, averaging 12.5 points and six rebounds. He had 12 points and nine rebounds on Saturday before fouling out in the closing minutes.

Women?s Hockey

On Dec. 7, the women?s hockey team fell at home to second-ranked Plattsburgh 7-2. Junior forwards Annmarie Lewis (Newmarket, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) and Caitlin Manahan (St. Albans, Vt./Elmira College) each scored power-play goals. Freshman Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) and sophomore Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y./Albany Ice Cats) split time in goal making 32 and 17 saves, respectively. On Dec. 10, the Bears snapped their seven-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-2 home victory over St. Michael?s. Five different Bears scored and Lewis and Manahan led the way with a goal and an assist each. Conophy got the win, stopping 27 shots. The following afternoon, Potsdam never trailed en route to a 6-3 triumph. Freshman forward Emma Smetaniuk (Frankford, Ontario/Whitby Wolves) scored two goals, including the game-winner on the power play and Lewis finished with a goal and two assists. Salvarinas got her first collegiate win with 27 saves between the pipes.

Men?s Hockey

On Dec. 10-11, the men?s hockey team hosted the No. 10 Manhattanville Valiants. On Friday, the Bears battled back from a one-goal deficit to tie Manhattanville three times. However, a power-play goal and a shorthanded tally in third period gave the Valiants a 5-3 victory. Senior forwards Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ontario/Oakville Blades), Colin MacLennan (Whitby, Ontario/Ajax Attack) and Kevin MacLellan (Kensington, Prince Edward Island/Summerside Capitals) each scored for the Bears. Junior goaltender Trevor O?Neill (Bobcaygeon, Ontario/StouffvilleSpirit) made 24 saves. Saturday afternoon was a rough contest for Potsdam. Manhattanville scored just 14 seconds into the contest and took advantage of the Bears? 55 penalty minutes, scoring five power-play goals on the way to an 8-0 shutout. O?Neill made the start and stopped 32 shots. Junior goalie Kevin McFarland (St. Louis, Mo./Woodstock Slammers) made five saves over the final 21:06.

Male and Female Performers of the Week

Freshman basketball player Rob Duquette?s All-Tournament performance at the King?s College Ramada Inn Tournament has made him this week?s Bears Male Performer of the Week. A starter in all eight games for the Bears this season, Duquette is third on the team in scoring with 9.3 points-per-game, while shooting over 52 percent from the field.

Junior hockey player Annmarie Lewis is this week?s Bears Female Performer of the Week. Lewis scored three goals and recorded three assists for a six-point week to help Potsdam to a 2-1 stretch. The junior?s efforts helped the Bears snap a seven-game losing skid with a weekend sweep over St. Michael?s. Lewis started her run with a power-play goal against second-ranked Plattsburgh on Dec. 7, continued with another power-play goal and an assist against the Purple Knights on Dec. 10, and finished with a goal and two helpers on Dec. 11. Lewis (6-7-13) leads Potsdam in goals, assists, points and power-play goals. The Bears? assistant captain is also tied four fourth in the nation with four power-play goals.

Weekly Preview

The women?s basketball team (1-7) returns to action on Jan. 4, when the Bears travel to Geneva for a 5 p.m. showdown with William Smith. Potsdam resumes conference play when Brockport and Geneseo come to Maxcy Hall on Jan. 7-8. The Bears face the Golden Eagles at 6 p.m. on Friday and the Knights at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The men?s basketball team (2-6) is also in Geneva on Jan. 4, to take on Hobart at 8 p.m. Brockport and Geneseo are in town on Jan 7-8, for 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. tip-offs, respectively.

The women?s hockey team (3-7) travels to Rutland, Vt., for the Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton on Jan. 7-8. The Bears face Plymouth State on Friday at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Potsdam will face either the host Spartans or Buffalo State in the 1 p.m. consolation game or the 4 p.m. championship.

The men?s hockey team (3-9) hits the road to Aston, Pa., for two games with ECAC West rival Neumann on January 7-8. The Bears face the Knights at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Media contact:

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