Berkman named Coach of the Year; Duffy named SUNYAC Player of the Year
POTSDAM, N.Y.--The votes are in and the SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team stood out as a big winner in the SUNYAC as Bears' players and coaches alike collected various awards from the conference's coaches.
In his 20th season as head coach, Rick Berkman was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2007, 2011), while senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) became the third Bear in program history to earn Player of the Year honors. He joins All-American Rashaun Durden '12 and Brian Austin '01.
Berkman guided the Bears to a 10-6 overall record in the regular season and a 4-2 mark in SUNYAC play to finish as the No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs. The 10 victories are one shy of the team record and match Berkman's best mark since 2000.
Duffy was a regular winner of the SUNYAC Goalie of the Week award as he captured the honor five times this season. He recorded a .659 save percentage, placing him first in the conference and third in the nation. He was second in the SUNYAC with a 7.70 goals-against-average and finished with 211 saves. Despite playing just two seasons with Potsdam, Duffy finishes his career 10th on the Bears all-time saves list with 232 stops.
Potsdam garnered further recognition as well as senior captains Ryan McConnell (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) and Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./IHC) joined Duffy on the all-conference first team.
McConnell had a team-high 68 groundballs and had 10 caused turnovers. His 4.25 ground balls-per-game was good for fifth in the SUNYAC.
Kunz scored a team-high 30 goals and added 29 assists for 59 points. Among conference ranks, he was first in assists-per-game (1.81), third in points-per-game (3.69) and sixth in goals-per-game (1.88). Kunz finishes his career ninth on Potsdam's scoring list with 133 points, tied for 10th in goals (70) and sixth in assists (63).
Sophomore midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) and senior defender Jeff Love (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) were named to the second team and sophomore defenseman Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) earned honorable mention status.
Bonafede had 25 goals including three game-winners, and 11 assists for 36 points. He also collected 26 ground balls. Love started all 16 games this season and often drew the assignment of covering the opponent's top scorers. He also recorded 11 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
Hauk was second on the team with 57 ground balls, ranking ninth in the league with 3.56 ground balls-per-game, and led the Bears with 16 caused turnovers. He was also one of the team's top faceoff men with 46 wins.
For the complete list of All-Conference selections, go to sunyac.com.