The SUNY Potsdam basketball and hockey teams competed during the past week.
The women's basketball team hit the road over the weekend. On Friday, the Bears fell to SUNY New Paltz, 67-47. Junior forward Jessica Kouzan led the Bears with 16 points and five rebounds. On Saturday, Oneonta defeated Potsdam by a score of 61-37. Junior guard Hannah Kmiecinski finished with 14 points. Kmiecinski notched 11 of her 14 second half points in the first nine minutes of the final stanza.
The men's basketball team traveled to SUNY New Paltz and Oneonta State this past weekend. The Hawks downed the Bears on Friday night, 83-65. Junior forward Brandon Williams led the Bears with 16 points and six rebounds. Potsdam would recover and defeat the Red Dragons the next day, 73-66. The Bears would go into halftime tied at 33 all with Oneonta. Senior forward Curtis Pierce would spark Potsdam in a late second half surge to surpass the Red Dragons and claim the victory. Pierce recorded a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The Brooklyn native is now 7th on the all-time scoring and rebound lists with 1,372 points and 695 boards.
The men's hockey team traveled to Western New York to conclude a 13 game road slate. On Friday, Fredonia State blanked the Bears in a 2-0 victory. Freshman goaltender Jon Hall made 19 saves. On Saturday, Potsdam dropped a tough game to Buffalo State, 3-2. The Bears were tied 2-2 late in the third period. However, the Bengals were able to find the back of the net 4:24 into the third period to seal the win. Sophomore Ken Simon and junior assistant captain Mike Arnold each scored for the Bears.
The women's hockey team hosted Hamilton before hitting the road to Pittsburgh, Pa to take on Chatham in ECAC West play. Potsdam dropped their game against the Continentals on Tuesday, 4-2. Junior forward Amanda Lucky and sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman each had a goal and an assist. The Bears then split 1-1 with the Cougars on a strange weekend. Potsdam was able to shutout Chatham in the first contest with a score of 3-0. Sophomore forward Alexandra Holowka scored two goals and freshman forward Sally Mooney also scored to lead the Bears to the win. Junior goaltender Dawna Salvarinas stopped 13 shots for her third shutout of the season. The flu and the Cougars got the best of the Bears in the second matchup. Potsdam had six players out of the lineup including both goaltenders in a 4-2 loss. Junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford scored both of the Bears' goals. Freshman defenseman Heather Silcott was forced to make an emergency start in goal for Potsdam.
Male and Female Performers of the Week
Junior Brandon Williams is the Bears' male performer of the week. Williams notched a career-high 16 points and six rebounds in a loss to SUNY New Paltz on Friday. He then helped the Bears to a rebound win over Oneonta State on Saturday. The junior added another double-digit performance with 13 points and five boards in the victory.
Sophomore Alexandra Holowka is the Bears' female performer of the week. Holowka notched two goals, including the game winner over Chatham on Saturday. The sophomore now has six goals and four assists for 10 points on the season.
The Week Ahead Feb. 4 – Feb. 10:
The men's basketball team returns to action on Feb. 8 versus SUNY Geneseo at 8 p.m. in Jerry Welsh Gymnasium for Bear Pride Night.
The women's basketball returns to action on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in Jerry Welsh Gymnasium against SUNY Geneseo for Bear Pride Night.
The women's hockey team returns home to face No. 1 Plattsburgh next Sunday at 2 p.m.
The men's hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Massena Arena for their final four regular season contests. Next Friday, Potsdam hosts Brockport at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Geneseo invades for an 8 p.m. faceoff.
The swimming and diving teams return to the pool on Wednesday, February 20, for the SUNYAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. at Erie Community College.