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SUNY Potsdam Sports Recap – Week of January 9, 2011

The men’s and women’s basketball and hockey teams were back in action after a long winter break. Women’s Basketball It was a rough start to the second half for the women’s basketball team as they dropped an 86-44 road decision at William Smith on Jan. 4. Freshman forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) scored 11 points off the bench to lead Potsdam, while senior captains Aimee Kellicutt (Lisle, N.Y./Whitney Point) and Brittany Whitton (DeKalb, N.Y./Hermon-De Kalb) added nine points apiece. The Bears rebounded at home on Jan. 7 to win their first conference game 59-51 over Brockport. Sophomore guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y./Cushing Academy) scored a game-high 19 points for Potsdam, while Kouzan tallied 12 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Kellicutt posted nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The following afternoon, the Bears got off to a slow start and fell to Geneseo 62-48. Whitton paced the Bears with 11 points, while Kouzan contributed with 10 points. Freshman guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) finished with eight points. Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team began its second half with a 92-59 loss to Hobart Statesmen on Jan. 4 in Geneva, N.Y. Sophomore guard Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y./ George Westinghouse Vocational) finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals to lead the Bears. Potsdam newcomers Tony Efese (Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional) and Tom Pearson (Okotoks, Alberta/Holy Trinity Academy) combined for 12 points in their first action with the team. Senior wing Anthony Williams (Long Island, N.Y./ Upper Room Christian Academy) posted seven points and four rebounds. The weekend went much better for Potsdam. The Bears swept Brockport and Geneseo in Welsh Gymnasium by 74-60 and 55-54 scores, respectively. Against the Golden Eagles on Jan. 7, Pierce led the way with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Greg Torchon (Spring Valley, N.Y./ St. Joseph Regional) was the other Bear to reach double-figures with 11 points. On Jan. 8 against the Blue Knights, Pierce finished a strong week with another 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Potsdam. Williams scored 13 points and added five rebounds, while Torchon posted 10 points. Women’s Hockey The women’s hockey team started the second half strong by capturing the Rutland Herald Invitational title for the second straight year. On Jan. 7, Potsdam scored three third-period goals to defeat Plymouth State 4-2 in the first round. Freshman forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) scored twice, including the game-winner, while sophomore defenseman Brittany Westlake (Georgetown, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) and junior forward Caitlin Manahan (St. Albans, Vt./Elmira College) also lit the lamp. Sophomore goaltender Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y./Albany Ice Cats) sealed the victory with 22 saves. In the championship game, the Bears downed Buffalo State 3-1. Sophomore forward Katie Komsa (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/Sault Ste. Marie AA Midget) scored the eventual game-winner in the second period in a short-handed situation. Junior forward Annmarie Lewis (Newmarket, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) and freshman forward Emma Smetaniuk (Frankford, Ontario/Whitby Wolves) scored the other two goals, while freshman goaltender Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) got the win with 21 saves between the pipes. The victory extended Potsdam’s winning streak to a program-best four games. Silveira, Smetaniuk and junior defenseman Breanna Roy (Orleans, Ontario/Nepean Wildcats) were named to the All-Tournament team. Men’s Hockey On Jan. 7-8, the men’s hockey team traveled to Aston, Pa., for a pair of games with 11th-ranked Neumann College. On Friday, the Knights scored three first-period goals en route to a 5-2 win. The Bears got goals from freshmen forwards Brandon Couto (Bowmanville, Ontario/Cobourg Cougars) and Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta/Kingston Voyageurs). Junior goaltender Trevor O’Neill (Bobcaygeon, Ontario/Stouffville Spirit) made 35 saves. On Saturday, Potsdam grabbed 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by senior forward Kevin MacLellan (Kensington, Prince Edward Island/Summerside Capitals) and Couto. Neumann rallied to take a 3-2 lead into the third period before Arnold tied the game on a power play. O’Neill made 33 saves, including five in overtime, to earn the 3-3 tie. Male and Female Performers of the Week Sophomore basketball player Curtis Pierce’s strong play helped guide the men’s basketball team to a 2-1 stretch, earning him his place as this week’s Bears Male Performer of the Week. Pierce was the top scorer in all three games, averaging 17.7 points per game while grabbing an average of 10.0 rebounds per game. Pierce is Potsdam’s leading scorer (13.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg) this season. Freshman hockey player Jessica Silveira is this week’s Bears Female Performer of the Week. Silveira’s two goals against Plymouth State on Friday helped put the Bears into the championship game of the Rutland Herald Invitational and earn her a spot on the All-Tournament team. The forward leads all Potsdam freshmen in scoring with four goals and three assists for seven points. Weekly Preview The women’s basketball team (2-9, 1-3 SUNYAC) hits the road for a pair of conference games at Oswego and Cortland on Jan. 14-15, respectively. The Bears face the Lakers at 6 p.m. on Friday and the Red Dragons at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The men’s basketball team (4-7, 3-1) also makes its Central New York swing this weekend. Potsdam is at Oswego at 8 p.m. on Jan. 14, and at Cortland at 4 p.m. on Jan. 15. The women’s hockey team (5-7) returns home to face the Castleton State Spartans at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. The Bears then hit the road for two games against sixth–ranked Elmira College on Jan. 14-15. Potsdam faces off with the Soaring Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The men’s hockey team (3-10-1) is also hosts Castleton State on Jan. 11. Face off is at 7 p.m. The Bears then travel to Manchester, N.H., on Jan. 15 to meet the Southern New Hampshire Penmen at 5:30 p.m. After more than a month off, the swimming & diving team hosts Oswego on Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

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