Four Bears earn All-SUNYAC soccer honors


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Four SUNY Potsdam men's soccer players were selected to the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference soccer team the league announced Thursday. Senior goalkeeper Joseph Glackin and sophomore forward Eduardo Figueroa earned first team recognition, while junior midfielder Alessio Vitale and freshman midfielder Mike Jackson claimed spots on the third team.

Glackin capped his four-year career at Potsdam with another standout season. The senior started 13 of the 14 games he played, with a 1.56 goals against average, a .784 save percentage and a 3-7-4 record. In his final game, the goalie shutout Clarkson for the Bears' first win over the Golden Knights since 2007. Glackin will leave Potsdam at the top of the program's all-time wins (14) and shutouts (11) lists and second on the saves list (345).

If there were any doubts about Figueroa belonging on the conference's first team, he erased them with a late season surge. The forward scored eight goals in his last five games to finish the season with a conference-best 12 goals and two assists for 26 points. Though just a sophomore, Figueroa ascended to the top of Potsdam's all-time points (43) and goals list (18) and shattered the previous single-season scoring mark of 19 points by seven. In his two seasons, Figueroa has played in all 36 of the Bears' contests with 34 starts and scored 18 goals and with seven assists for 43 points.

Vitale started all 17 games for Potsdam in 2012, scoring two goals and recording an assist for five points. The junior is a proven playmaker and arguably the best passer on the team. Vitale has started all 36 games for the Bears since joining the team last season. He has three goals and six assists for 12 points in two seasons with Potsdam.

Jackson's quality play in the midfield was quickly recognized by coaches around the league. He started all 17 games for the Bears in 2012, totaling an assist. Jackson is just one of five freshman out of 35 total players to receive All-SUNYAC recognition.

The Bears posted a 4-9-4 (1-4-4 SUNYAC) mark this season, but finished the year 2-1-2 over their last five, just missing the conference playoffs.