Men's Soccer: Potsdam prepares for playoff tussle at Brockport


The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team will venture into the SUNYAC playoffs for the second time in three seasons and for the third time overall in program history when it will travel to take on The College at Brockport on Saturday starting at approximately 1 p.m. after the conclusion of the Brockport women's soccer playoff match.

The Bears (9-8-1 overall, 3-5-1 SUNYAC) showed vast improvement this season by tying its' most wins in program history.  Potsdam hadn't won this many matches since 1983 when the Bears went 9-6.

Sixth-seeded Potsdam had four players who reached double digits in points.  Led by the program's all-time leading scorer in Eduardo Figueroa (Rochester, N.Y. / Dr. Freddie Thomas), the junior forward rang up 16 points (six goals and four assists).

The Bears have been bolstered by the aid of senior midfielder Alessio Vitale (Liverpool, N.Y. / Liverpool), who had five goals and two assists,  and sophomore forward Tom Benedetto (Queensbury, N.Y. / Queensbury), who added four goals and four assists. 

Junior midfielder/forward Alex Minsker (Brewster, N.Y. / Brewster) have proven to be another threat with three goals and five assists while freshman defender Chris Schrum (Roosevelt Island, N.Y. / Millenium) has been red hot down the stretch by picking up all seven of his points (three goals, one assist) in the last six matches of the season.

Senior Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y. / Niskayuna) has stepped into the goalkeeper's role and has made 25 saves in six matches.

Schrum, Vitale and Minsker all scored in the team's previous meeting on Oct. 26, but Brockport prevailed with a 7-3 victory.

The No. 3 seeded Golden Eagles (10-1-5 overall, 5-1-3 SUNYAC) were led by Peter DiLorenzo, who had two goals in the match up.  He'll be one for the Bears to contain as the sophomore forward has 12 goals on the season.

The winner of the match will play at No. 2 SUNY Cortland on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal.

Tickets can be purchased on the Brockport campus.  Tickets for $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.