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POTSDAM - A strong showing by the equestrian team at a weekend tournament highlighted last week’s efforts for the SUNY Potsdam fall and winter sports teams.

EQUESTRIAN

The equestrian team took first place in three separate events on Saturday at SUNY Geneseo.

Junior Ellen Norton (Fishkill, N.Y.) was first in the intermediate flat event. Olivia Allard (Cambridge, N.Y.) won the beginner walk trot event and Rose Wendling (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) took first in the walk trot event.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Bears went 0-2 this past week, losing 4-1 to SUNY Geneseo on Saturday and losing 6-3 to Brockport on Friday.

Trailing 3-0 against SUNY Geneseo, the Bears drew closer when sophomore left wing Jake Rivera (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) scored on a power play on a nicely placed centering pass from sophomore Todd Thomas (Davidsville, Pa.) and Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) with 13:51 left in the third period.

The Bears had a quality look on goal when Pascalli shot from the slot and grazed the shoulder of Geneseo goaltender Bryan Haude (2-0) during the second period. Junior defenseman Max Fogel (Williamsville, N.Y.) also threatened to score with three shots in the third period. Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) was a consistent force, taking a team-high eight shots.

Sophomore Austin Keiser (Dunwoody, Ga.) made 24 saves and dropped to 0-2.

On Friday, the College at Brockport (1-2, 1-0 SUNYAC) rallied from an early deficit for a 6-3 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (0-3, 0-2) at Maxcy Hall on Friday night. Freshman forward Jake Taylor (Port Perry, Ontario) scored two goals to lead the Golden Eagles, while sophomore forward Matt Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska) matched him for the Bears.

Potsdam jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 6:07 of the first period. The puck was poked free to junior forward Zach Blake (Campbellford, Ontario) at center ice. He then took it in all alone and wristed it over the left shoulder of Brockport junior goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, Ontario). Junior forward Ken Simon (Norwell, Mass.) and sophomore forward Todd Thomas (Davidsville, Pa.) assisted on the goal.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The Bears went 1-1-1 this past week, losing to #1 Plattsburgh 8-0 on Tuesday, beating Oswego State 3-2 on Saturday and then played to a 1-1 draw against Oswego on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals put intense pressure on Potsdam’s defense and sophomore goalie Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) from the first faceoff. Rodrigue finished with a career-high 49 saves on a tough night.

On Saturday, freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) scored twice and sophomore goalie Rodrigue made 41 saves as the Potsdam defeated Oswego 3-2. Senior captains Amanda and Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) had three and two assists respectively.

Oswego took an early checking penalty in the third period and the Bears made the most of the power play. Junior captain Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) fired a shot under the pads of Lakers senior goalie Catherine Cote (Val D’Or, Quebec) from the left side of the net. The Luckys assisted on the goal.

On Sunday, Potsdam (2-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC West) rallied from an early deficit to tie Oswego State (2-1-1, 0-1-1) 1-1 at Maxcy Ice Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior assistant captain Amanda Lucky scored for the Bears and sophomore goaltender Rodrigue finished with 30 saves.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team’s bid for a SUNYAC championship ended with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 first round SUNYAC tournament loss to fourth-seeded Plattsburgh at New Paltz on Friday evening.

Dakota Pruiss (Wallkill, N.Y.) was once again a factor as she finished with a team-high 11 digs and seven kills. Junior outside hitter Liza Fields (Duanesburg, N.Y.) recorded a team-high nine kills and added eight digs. Senior setter Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif. ) led the Bears with 26 assists. Freshman middle hitter Sarah Becker (Troy, N.Y.) had six kills.

SWIMMING/DIVING

The Potsdam women dispatched of Norwich 87-47 while the Potsdam men lost 132-109.

Junior Emily Kanoza (Syracuse, N.Y.), senior Ghena Binzer (Baldwinsville, N.Y. ) and freshmen Rachel Malzacher (Chester, N.Y.) and Jessica Lilly (Warwick, N.Y .) teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.13.

Individually, Kanoza also won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.07.

Junior Victoria Blakeslee was a double winner as she took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:40.52) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.44).

The team got another boost from its’ promising freshman as Jennifer Yeager (Greene, N.Y.) touched the wall first at 27.42 in the 50-yard freestyle and Heather Lian (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored 109.10 to pick up a victory in the one-meter diving event.

Fresh off his five-win performance and being named the Bears’ male athlete of the week, senior Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y.) secured victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:43.75), the 100-yard backstroke (58.51) and 500-yard freestyle (5:14.98).

Junior Daniel Costa (Spencerport, N.Y.) was victorious in the 50-yard freestyle (22.76) and 100-yard freestyle (49.16) while sophomore Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y.) clocked in at 1:53.00 to take the 200-yard freestyle.

Costa and Zapisek also team with freshmen Tom Belton (Homer, N.Y.) and Ricky Blackburn (Cicero, N.Y.) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:31.61.

Senior Jeff Scarano (Kinderhook, N.Y.) earned 120.35 points to win the one-meter diving event.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Senior forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.) made a cut to the basket and scored on a driving layup with one second remaining to ice it as the SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball team fended off pesky Algonquin College (Ottawa) 89-85 at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in an exhibition game on Monday night.

Duquette, the Bears’ captain, shot 6-of-12 from the field to finish with a team-high 18 points and tied a team-high with 12 rebounds.

Junior guard Rishawd Hendricks (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and junior guard/forward Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) were able to knock down four clutch free throws in the closing minute to give Potsdam a little breathing room before Duquette put the game away on his layup.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Junior Dan Costa won two individual events and was a four-man relay team that also took a first-place finish at Norwich University this past Saturday.

The Spencerport, N.Y. native won the 50-yard freestyle (22.76), the 100-yard freestyle (49.16) and teamed with three others to take the 200-yard freestyle relay (1.31.61).

Sophomore Alexane Rodrigue made 49 saves against Plattsburgh on Tuesday, 41 saves against Oswego State on Saturday and another 30 saves versus Oswego State on Sunday.

The former Bemidj State women’s hockey goaltender closed with 120 saves in three games.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The men’s hockey team will play at Buffalo State on Friday and at Fredonia on Saturday. Both are at 7 p.m.

The women’s hockey team finishes their six-game home stand this weekend when they host defending National Champion Elmira College for a pair of ECAC West Contests. Friday’s contest starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s game is at 3 p.m.

The swimming and diving teams will hold its home opener Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. against the College at Brockport.

The men’s basketball team will return the court on Friday when it hosts SUNY Canton at 8 p.m. in the North Country Classic. It will also play Farmingdale State on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The women’s basketball team will be on the road at Utica College on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The equestrian team will be at St. Lawrence University on Saturday and Sunday for competition.

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