CANTON Sam DeMello chose to play soccer at St. Lawrence University for one reason to win a national championship.
The Saints have gotten closer to achieving that goal the last two years, but theres just one more chance left for the senior midfielder from Easthampton, Mass.
After a disappointing 8-6-1 overall record in DeMellos freshman season, SLU has been on a tear the last two years, going a combined 35-4-3. Each year the Saints have gone one step farther in the NCAA Tournament, falling 2-1 at home in overtime to SUNY Oneonta last year in a quarterfinal game.
Those who have lived in Canton long enough recall that SLUs 1999 national championship team traveled a similar road, with heartbreaking losses in the NCAA Tournament in two of the three years prior to winning it all.
I certainly hope so, said DeMello, when asked if perhaps that history could repeat this fall. Its been my personal goal ever since I got here, to win a national championship. My freshman year we certainly had a down year. Ever since that the guys have been coming in and putting in the work and trying to reach that goal of trying to win the national championship. Every year weve been getting a little bit closer.
One link to the late 90s teams is head coach Bob Durocher, a Canton native entering his 23rd year with a program he has guided to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 14 years.
A program with this much history doesnt have this much history for no reason, DeMello said. The coach has obviously done a great job over the years.
Durocher has always strived for perfection. If he had a team that trailed for only 40 minutes the entire season hed likely wonder what they did wrong to not hold the lead the entire season.
No official games have been played yet this season, but Durocher still has milestones he wants to see his team achieve, like running two miles in under 12 minutes.
One of the things I was happy about is they came back in better shape this year, Durocher said. One of our markers is the two-mile run. I think we had 21 out of 26 get to the standard we are looking for, or better.
Why is finishing a two-mile run in under 12 minutes so important to Durocher?
Part of it is a physical test, the other part, quite honestly, is the mental test, Durocher said. If you have trouble with the two-mile run, because you miss it by five or six seconds, thats what we need to overcome. We need to find these guys that can dig a little deeper and make up that five seconds. Thats the kind of guy in an overtime game who is going to dig a little deeper and step up and put something together for us when it doesnt look like we have much.
Listening to Durocher, its clear that DeMello has earned a special place in the programs history. Durocher compared him to Dan Annan, who led the 1999 national championship team and was the national player of the year.
Hes a little different, Durocher said. Danny had a lot more speed, but (DeMello) is very tricky on the ball. He has great vision. He can find the pass. One of the things Sam does probably better than any player that has played here is he has a really good touch around the goal. He finishes well.
DeMello led the Saints in scoring last year with 14 goals and 10 assists, a number that becomes more impressive when considering that before the season started, SLU lost one of its top offensive players, Brendan Gorman, to a knee injury. Gorman, who is expected to return early this season, missed the whole year, and another key offensive player, Dan Marvin, played in only three games last year.
As a team you have to rally around it and find ways to produce and come out with the same outcome in the end, DeMello said. Its always easier with Gorman out there. Its much easier because hes a constant threat and teams have to worry about him. Without him, its sort of easier for them to focus on one guy, rather than two or three.
Outlook: Clarkson was 2-2-1 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year but struggled against lesser foes, going 3-9 in those contests. Clarkson had a stingy defense, giving up just 22 goals and returns third-team, All-Liberty League player Trevor Blackwell as well as Jacob Duff, who made honorable mention.
SLU had a dominant season last year, reaching the NCAA quartefinals before losing to SUNY Oneonta. The Saints outscored the opposition 47-8 and held opponents to 8.1 shots per game. Sam DeMello led the team last year with 14 goals and 10 assists. Brendan Gorman, who scored seven goals two years ago, missed the entire season with a knee injury but is expcted to be back this year.
SUNY Potsdams big problem a year ago was starting off poorly, as the Bears were outscored 20-7 in the first half of games. SUNY Potsdam played even the rest of the time (16-15). The Bears return leading scorer Eduardo Figueroa (6-5) as well as Stephen Auyer, who also scored six goals. SUNY Potsdam also returns starting goalie Joseph Glackin.
SUNY Canton begins its transition to the NCAA Division III level and returns the top seven scorers from last years team, who combined to produce 28 of the teams 34 goals. SUNY Canton did lose starting goalie Sankung Sillah, but Antonio James did play 104 minutes last year and produced a shutout in his only start.
Jefferson Community College has a very young team. The Cannoneers return five players from last years team that finished runner-up in the Mid-State Athletic Conference behind Onondaga CC. Region 3 will be loaded as the Cannoneers will have to contend with defending national champion, Herkimer County CC, and runner-up, Genesee.
Coach: Nick Hillary (4th year, 16-27-6).
2011 record: 5-11-1 overall (2-6 Liberty League).
Roster: Sam Abate (Jr. D), Jason McMillan (So. M), Marco Parisi (Fr. M/F), Zachary Peck (Fr. D), Tyler Rodrigues (Jr. D), Brian Buckner (Sr. F), Paul Ancin (Fr. M), Jacob Duff (Jr. M/F), James Cowie (So. F), Kurt Knolle (Jr. M/F), Michael McDonell (So. D), Nate Crow (Sr. F), Alex Vozzella (So. F), Angelo DiFrancesco (Jr. M/F), Jacob Yost (Fr. D), Ben Morton-Black (So. M), John Yeaton (Sr. D), Thandiwe Bukhala (So. F), Zachary Godin (Fr. M), Louis Arena (Fr. D), Trevor Blackwell (So. D), Louis Butcher (Jr. D), Saverino Spagnolo (Sr. G), Scott Stuart (Sr. G).
Coach: Bob Durocher (23rd year, 275-93-38).
2011 record: 18-1-1 overall (8-0 Liberty League).
Roster: Nate Goss-Woliner (Sr. G), Jamal Samaroo (So. F), Will Congdon (Sr. D), Nick Lincoln (Sr. D), Andres Ramirez (So. M), Pete Walsh (Jr. F), Andrew Bednarsky (Jr. M), Alex Laird (Sr. D), Juan Chang (Jr. F), Sam DeMello (Sr. M), Brendan Gorman (Sr. F), Seyefe Brouk (Fr. D), Jeremiah Bunton (So. M/F), Yanick Brown (Jr. F), Claude Mumbere (Fr. F), Austin Alphonse (Fr. M), Craig Davis (Jr. D), Brian Gilloran (Sr. F), Shaka Pilgrim (Sr. M), Austin Roney (So. D), Daniel Hunt (Fr. D), Dan Marvin (Sr. F), Brenton Jones (Sr. M/F), Christian Yarros (Fr. D), Mark Provost (So. M), Aaron Costello (So. G), J.J. Tipton (Sr. D), Harry Copeland (Fr. D), Praveen Balakumaran (Fr. F), Ryan Roethel (Fr. G), Jonathan Mendoza (Fr. M), Osvaldo Morales (Fr. M), Manny Collins (Fr. F), Ryan Grant (Fr. M/D).
Coach: Adam Parker (3rd year, 9-22-5, 6th overall, 40-39-17).
2011 record: 7-9-3 overall (4-3-2 SUNYAC).
Roster: Joseph Glackin (Sr. G), Matt Cleaver (So. M), Victor Coasacco (Sr. D), Sean Atkinson (Sr. D), Stephen Auyer (So. F), Pat Cleaver (So. D), Alessio Vitale (Jr. M), Eduardo Figueroa (So. F), Jeff Cyrus (Sr. M), Paul Gabriel (So. F), Dan Bortoloni (So. M), Jonathan Marra (So. D), Travis Jordan (So. M), Zack LaDue (Sr. M), Jose Bustamante (So. M), Mario Balzano (Sr. M), Conor Engle (So. D), Jake Gyder (Sr. G), Cliff Bondi (So. F), Eric Cassidy (Fr.), Alex Griffith (Fr.), Kyle Manke (Fr.), Alex Minsker (So.), Patrick Mylod (Fr.), Tyler Peterson (Fr.), Steven Sepowski (Fr.), James Turcott (Fr.), Johnny Zator (Fr.).
SUNY CantonCoach: Mark Howlett (2nd year, 11-7-3).
2011 record: 11-7-3.
Roster: William Banahene (Fr. G), James Catillaz (Sr. F), Jonathan Forte (So. D), Trivian Shorey (Jr. M), Eric Cline (Sr. D), Elhadji Gueve (So. F), Kevaughn John (So. M), Ashley Butterworth (So. M), Shane Powell (So. F), Francesco Cardillo (So. M), Eric Lopez (So. F), Austin Johnston (So. F), Keelon Joseph (Jr. M), Matthew Wong (So. D), Jamal Honore (Jr. M), Leroy White (Sr. F), Abdulai Jagana (So. F), Jose Menendez (Fr. M), Patrick Connelly (Sr. M), Marvin Palmer (Jr. M), Andrew Katz (So. M), Keenan King (Jr. D), Antonio Kadylak (Fr. M), Neil Mancktelow (Fr. D), Richard Bempong (Jr. D), Tyler Gallagher (Fr. F), Antonio James (So. G).
Jefferson CC Cannoneers
Coach: Chris Pacilio (7th year)
2011 record: 7-8-1
Roster: Samuel Lyndaker (So. G), Matthew Bero (Fr. M/F), Graham Whalen (Fr. F/M), Nicholas Barker (Fr. M/D), Chase Donovan (Fr. D), George Birth (So. D), Kemar Andie Forquhuarson (Fr. M), Ricardo Navarrete (So. F/M), Hugo Henrique Oliveira (Fr. F), Andre Walker (Fr. D/M/F), Andrew Guyette (So. F/M), David Damon (Fr. M), Jordan Abbass (Fr. D), Nathan Lashomb (Fr. D/M), Paolo Cannella (Fr. M/F), Jacob Speno (So. D), Milan Sanchez (Fr. F/M)
Outlook: Clarkson improved from 4-13 to 8-7-1 in the first season under coach Sarah Raymond and allowed the fewest goals-per-game (0.88) in school history. The eight wins were the most for the program since 1999 and helped Raymond win Liberty League Coach of the Year.
SLU struggled away from home last year, going 3-5-2. The Saints, who were 5-1-1 at home, return leding scorer Stephanie Sayward (10 goals-4 assists) but lost the three leading scorers after her to graduation. SLU will also have to replace last years starting goalie Abby van Geldern.
SUNY Potsdam struggled last year but returns its top scorers in former Section 10 standouts Heather Johnson (8-2) and Ashley Thayer (6-1). That duo scored all but four of the Bears goals last season. SUNY Potsdam will have a new goalie as last years starter Dedra Palmer has graduated.
SUNY Canton lost its leading scorer from last year, Bailey Allen, but returns Melissa Campoverde, who scored four goals with one assist. SUNY Canton also lost its two main goalies from last year but does return sophomore Laura Pratt, who played in six games and started one.
Jefferson Community College will look to improve on their 8-8-3 record with almost exclusively local talent. The Cannoneers do boast additions from Oswego and a player from Pennsylvania.
Coach: Sarah Raymond (2nd year, 8-7-1, 10th overall, 97-49-21).
2011 record: 8-7-1 overall (1-6-1 Liberty League).
Roster: Kim Kenline (So. G), Taylor Smith (Fr. G), Christine Wright (Fr. D), Katie VanDeValk (Sr. M), Cailey Nieto (So. M), Haley Hider (Fr. D), Jessica Budaj (So. M), Linde Zajac (Sr. M/D), Taylor Abraham (So. M), Cassie Grace (So. M), Ashley DeHond (So. D), Andrea Riedman (Jr. D), Megan Strijek (Fr. F), Nicole Johnson (Sr. F), Anna Demasi (Fr. M), Sarah Andres (Sr. M), Ellen Heenan (Sr. M), Aubrey Harris (So. M/D), Hunter Pierce (Fr. F), Dani Felty (Fr. M), Alex Page (Fr. D), Taryn Dausman (So. D/M), Steph Lynch (Fr. G).
Coach: Franco Bari (5th year, 38-24-9).
2011 record: 8-6-3 overall (4-2-2 Liberty League).
Roster: Andrea Strauss (Jr. G), Kelsey West (Fr. G), Mimi Coppinger (Fr. F), Liz Laprade (Jr. F/D), Caroline Crandall (Fr. M), Elena Dauphinais (So. F), Laura Topf (So. D/M), Brooke Hessney (Sr. M), Julia Friesen (Jr. M), Erika Gobielle (Jr. M/F), Amanda Hamilton (Fr. F/M), Emily Marvin (Sr. D), Adriana Morra (Fr. D), Emma Fleming (Fr. D), Meghan Ryan (So. M/F), Holly Wark (So. M), Nyssa LaClair (So. F), Katelyn Daley (Fr. D/M), Megan Gadzuk-Shea (Fr. M), Corinne Werner (Jr. D/M), Grace Lennon (Fr. M), Samantha Rock (Fr. F), Stephanie Sayward (Sr. F), Elizabeth Wilkerson (Fr. D), Emily DePoy (Fr. M/D), Lilla Beres (Fr. F/M), Mackenzie Collins (So. M/D), Hannah Calvelli (Fr. D), Alexandra Weatherbie (So. G).
Coach: Mark Misiak (2nd year, 4-12-2).
2011 record: 4-12-2 overall (0-9 SUNYAC).
Roster: Alli Cleaver (So. D), Tannicia Joseph (So. D), Alissa Tischler (Gr. D), Ashley Thayer (Jr. M), Kate Clauss (So. M), Stephanie Cox (Sr. D), Brittany Martin (Jr. D), Kristin Webster (So. M), McKaylah Philo (So. D), Jackie Miller (Sr. D), Frankie Centofanti (Sr. D), Heather Johnson (Sr. F), Amanda Holland (Sr. F), Summer Bader (Fr.), Lisa Bates (Sr. G), Ally Blazey (Fr.), Morgan Clark (Fr.), Jaime Durant (Fr. G), Chloe Hay (Fr. D), Nina Komosinski (So.), Katie LaVoie (Fr.), Bri McClusky (Fr. M), Erica Nielsen (Fr.), Marissa Skaczkowski (Fr.), Jess Sterns (Fr. M), Brenna Vukelic (Fr.), Shannon Weader (Fr. G).
Coach: Kate Thomas-Moody (3rd year, 11-24).
2011 record: 5-14.
Roster: Laura Pratt (So. G), Natalie Remington (Fr. D), Brittany Pierce (Fr. M/F), Shanique Stewart (Fr. D), Jade Sayward (Jr. F), Karley Cree (Fr. M/F), Katlyn Hart (Jr. M), Kirsten Skelly (Sr. M), Kortney Rincavage (Fr. D), Rebecca Remington (Fr. D), Amanda Fleming (Fr. M/D), Chelsea Allen (Sr. M/D), Megan Evans (Fr. G), Franchesca Trombley (Fr. F), Julia Gilbert (So. D), Bridget teRiele (So. M/F), Tressa Goolden (So. D), Melissa Campoverde (Jr. M), Jackie Sedlacek (Sr. M/D), Karyss Terrance (Fr. M).
Coach: David Bowhall (7th year)
2011 record: 8-8-3
Roster: Amber Dibble (So. G), Kayla ORiley (Fr. M), Abigail Curinga (Fr. M), Caitlin Stone (So. D), Mackenzie Orndorf (Fr. M), Melissa Abbate (So. F), Gabrielle Navarra (So. D), Courtney Henry (Fr. F), Brianna Sharlow (So. M), Paige Morgia (Fr. M), Sari Rufa (Fr. M/F), Paula Morse (Fr. M), Heidi Bush (Fr. D), Allison Maryhugh (Fr. G), Paige Hart (Fr. D), Morgan Kiernan (So. F), Anna Teal (Fr. D), Kayla Brown (Fr. F), Megan Cannell (Fr. D), Chiara Alteri (So. M), Kari Gehrke (So. D/M), Kate Gehrke (Fr. D), Nictoria Bates (Fr. G).
Outlook: The Saints lost their two leading scorers to graduation but do return Ashley Ferenczy, who scored six goals with six assists last year. SLU also returns Courtney Cartier (5 goals-1 assist). SLU will be led on the defensive side by returning goalie Nicole Matos, who had an .803 save percentage last year.
Coach: Fran Grembowicz (15th year, 147-92).
2011 record: 9-8 overall (2-4 Liberty League).
Roster: Courtney Davis (Sr. F/M), Carly Stine (So. F), Grace ONeil (Jr. F), Abigail Ross (So. D), Haley Preston (Sr. F), Ashley Ferenczy (Sr. F/M), Courtney Cartier (Sr. F), Kate Higgins (Jr. M), Chapin Dwyer (So. D), Jenna Miller (So. D), Amanda Carter (So. M), Avery Pecci (Jr. F), Ali Ferenczy (So. M), Erica French (So. M/D), Emily Viani (Sr. D), Emma Berry (Jr. D), Tori Russ (So. F), Jeannette Hoets (So. G), Nicole Matos (Jr. G), Molly Manning (Fr. F), Emily Moran (Fr. F), Samantha Haab (Fr. F), Caroline Phinney (Fr. M), Kara Pelosi (Fr. D), Caroline Bailey (Fr. M), Lizzy Saward (Fr. M), Kim Haab (Fr. G)
Outlook: Clarkson has made it to the NCAA Tournament three straight years and hosted a regional in 2011. The team returns Liberty League first-teamer Lani Durio and Rookie of the Year Adrienne Walker this season.
SLU lost its leaders in kills in Nyasha Miller and Liz Grogan. The Saints do return leading setter Jenna Street, who had 593.
The Bears return two of their top players from last season in Dakota Pruiss, who had 270 kills, and Kayla Howard, who had 142. Jenna Blujus, who led the team with 889 assists, also returns.
SUNY Canton was dominant at home last year, posting a 12-3 record, but went just 7-11 when away from home. The Kangaroos return top players Jessica Reynolds, Mackenzie Mynter and Waddington native Abbey Shoen. Jefferson Community College is quickly improving and has top Librero Katie Peters returning. Peters finished third in the nation in digs per set.
Coach: Johan Dulfer (7th year, 136-88).
2011 record: 29-9 overall (10-2 Liberty League).
Roster: Bailey Walker (Sr.), Lani Durio (Jr.), Lauren Hutchinson (Fr.), Aishvina Arasu (Fr.), Victoria Kirkemo (Fr.), Kirstie Shurie (Fr.), Kristen Orlandini (So.), Erika Chin (Jr.), Adrienne Walker (So.), Brooke Butkovsky (So.), Danielle Farabee (Fr.), MacKenzie Pelton (Fr.).
Coach: Shelly Roiger (3rd year, 45-27).
2011 record: 19-17 overall (7-6 Liberty League).
Roster: Mariah Dignan (Fr.), Marisa Turner (Fr.), Cristina Deschaine (Fr.), Alexis Brown (Fr.), Jenna Street (So.), Anna Kassab (Jr.), Katie Prue (Jr.), Aisha OConnor (So.), Rebecca Doser (Fr.), Kate Taylor (Fr.).
Coach: Steve Pike (12th year).
2011 record: 19-17 overall (2-6 SUNYAC).
Roster: Gabby Arana (So.), Allie Romaniello (Fr.), Jill Dye (Sr.), Erin Wagner (Jr.), Casey Chase (Fr.), Tia Wright (So.), Jenna Blujus (Jr.), Sara Anderson (Jr.), Anne Fildes (Sr.), Dakota Pruiss (Jr.), Kayla Howard (Sr.), Rachel Auerbach (Fr.), Stephanie Vlad (So.), Liza Fields (So.)
Coach: Carol LaMarche (1st season).
2011 record: 19-14.
Roster: Mackenzie Mynter (So.), Kiana Archer (Fr.), Robyn Carroll (Fr.), Brianna Enge (Fr.), Jessica Reynolds (So.), Rachel Lowther (Fr.), Caitlin Grimshaw (So.), Julia Bradley (Fr.), Morgan Bills (Fr.), Shiloh Bourgeois (Jr.), Abbey Shoen (Sr.), Erin Blodgett (So.), Danielle Swanston (Sr.), Heather Lottie (Sr.).
Coach: Sarah Kent (2nd year)
2011 record: 11-17
Roster: Haley Zicari (Fr.), Lahni Duffer (So.), Stephanie Ennist (Fr.), Shelby Countryman (Fr.), Katie Slate (Fr.), Ashley Capone (Fr.), Francesca Barajas (So.), Linne Ebbrecht (So.), Kierstin Burke (Fr.), Hannah McGregor (So.), Katie Peters (So.).
Outlook: Clarkson has one of its best mens seasons in school history last year as now-graduated Alex Benway qualified for the NCAA Championship race. The men do return second-team Liberty Leaguer Patrick Carroll.
SLUs men finished eighth out of 32 teams at the NCAA Championship meet last year and will be led by sophomore Scott Smolensky, who was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year. The SLUs women also finished in eight place at the NCAA last year and return leading runners Jackie Lemme, Amy Cymerman, Caroline Raue and Erikka Nuffer.
Senior Justin Richarson was SUNY Cantons top runner last year and finished first in the Mountaineer Invitational and helped SUNY Canton win the team title at SUNYITs Wildcat Invitational. Sophomore Megan Mydosh leads the Kangaroo women. She had three top-10 finishes last year.
Coach: Jim Allott (13th year).
Men: Ryan Ash, Greg Basile, John Bell, Cooper Bowersox, Patrick Carrol, Anthony Caruso, Ryan Crist, Conor Cullinane, Ben Davis, Chris DeBerardinis, Brad Denton, Kevin Dixon, Jonathan Dobbs, Michael Donovan, Jacob Dowman, Michael Feeney, Paul Ferrer, Dan Fritz, Andrew Gelston, Jeff Heim, Austin Holbrook, Andrew Klem, Ben King, Eric Mallery, Nick Marshall, Adam Merkwan, Siavash Namiranian, Peter Newman, Colin OBrien, John Prodromidis, Russ Seidel, Austin Smith, Phillip Spinosa, Dylan Stufflebeam, William Yancey.
Women: Rachel Bachman, Amanda Borok, Robin Collyns, Olivia Dawson, Lisa DAuria, Aileen Daley, Emily Devito, Khrystyna Dilai, Chelsea Farinacci, Ashley Forshey, Janine Goodwin, Sarah Governale, Jessica Hernandez, Nora Houlihan, Kaley Johnson, Arianne Loeber, Susan Lopez, Meaghan McKenna, Fiona Recchia, Erin Rice, Mallory Rutkoske, Dana Schmidt, Emily Sieracki, Kaitlin Tallman, Eleanor Vane, Natalie Worley, Catherine Zarnofsky.
Coaches: Men, John Newman (12th year); Women, Mike Howard (24th year).
Men: Tyler Baldino (So.O, Adam Bankert (Fr.), Trevor Bibb (So.), Brendan Courneene (Jr.), Daniel Driscoll (So.), Landen Elliott-Knaggs (Sr.), Jon Eng (Jr.), Spencer Fausel (Jr.), Bryan Geiger (Fr.), Corey Hahnl (Jr.), Tyler Harris (Sr.), Phil Marshall (Fr.), William Moynihan (Fr.), Zach Nelson (Jr.), Emmanuel Ngenoh (So.), Mark Perlman (Sr.), Steve Petramale (Jr.), Sam Rakoc (Sr.), Ethan Self (Jr.), Harrison Sloan (Fr.), Scott Smolensky (So.), Ellis Toll (Fr.), Aaron Tompkins (So.).
Women: Ariel Beccia (Jr.), Machele Clark (Jr.), Amy Cymerman (Jr.), Elizabeth Edwards (Gr.), Toria Koutras (Jr.), Kelsey Leder (Jr.), Jackie Lemme (Sr.), Katie Mannix (Jr.), Ella Martin (Fr.), Anne Martino (So.), Andrea Maynard (Sr.), Amanda Morelan (Jr.), Erikka Nuffer (Sr.), Anna Rabideau (So.), Caroline Raue (Sr.), Kate Sneden (Jr.), Kendra Sultzer (Jr.), Emily von Loesecke (Jr.), Madeline Woods (Fr.).
Coach: Peter Cutler (10th year).
Men: Not available.
Women: Not available.
Coaches: Men, John Kennedy; Women, Katie Kennedy.
Men: Nolan Bacchus (Fr.), Dylan Barringer (Sr.), Zachary Doyle (Fr.), Jon Flint (Jr.), Leonardo Garcia (So.), Eli Max (Jr.), Tyler Morse (Sr.), Justin Richardson (Sr.), Nolan Russell (So.), Oumarou Sanogo (Jr.), Mekedem Tenaw (So.), Shawn Wakefield (Sr.), Ricky Yerdon (So.).
Women: Nicole Avery (Fr.), Keara Byrne (Fr.), Mary Cole (So.), Laura Difrenza (Fr.), Paige Janis (Fr.), Carlyn Marte (Fr.), Bonna Milem (Fr.), Megan Morrow (Fr.), Megan Mydosh (So.), Jessica Nagy (Fr.), Sierra Richardson (Fr.).