POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam basketball, mens hockey and swimming and diving teams competed in a full slate this past week.
The womens basketball team hosted Hamilton College in a non-conference and then returned to SUNYAC play versus Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz over the weekend. The Bears fell to the Continentals on Tuesday, 62-54. Junior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Bailey Weigel (Williamsville, N.Y.) each notched 15 points. On Friday, Oneonta defeated Potsdam, 57-39. Junior guard Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y.) led the Bears with 10 points. On Saturday, the undefeated SUNY New Paltz Hawks downed Potsdam, 71-55. Senior guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y.) was to the top scorer with 14 points.
The mens basketball team swept all three games over the past week.
Potsdam hosted Utica College and then resumed SUNYAC play versus Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz. The Bears ousted the Pioneers on Tuesday, 79-66.
Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr (Harlem, N.Y.) totaled 18 points and eight rebounds. Potsdam then defeated Oneonta State 82-62 Friday evening. Lake recorded a career-high 25 points in the win over the Red Dragons. However, the senior would shatter his scoring high in a double overtime victory over New Paltz on Saturday. The Bears would go into halftime up 46-38 over the Hawks. New Paltz would soar back and claim the
78-72 lead with 1:50 remaining in regulations. Junior forward Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y.) answered with a three-pointer 23 seconds later, followed by a steal and a layup from Lake to close to 78-77 with 43 seconds on the clock. Potsdam then forced the Hawks to the free throw line, but New Paltz was only able to hit three of five and layups from sophomore forward Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) and Lake allowed the Bears to tie the game at 81 with just three seconds left. Both teams battled back-and-forth during the first overtime. The trend continued early in the second overtime, but a 10-3 run capped by a Peterson three-pointer, allowed the Bears to open up a 95-88 lead. The Bears then put the game away by hitting all 10 of their remaining free throws to go onto the 10-point victory. Lake led the Bears with a career best 34 points in the thrilling win.
The mens hockey team continued their 13 game road slate over the weekend against Morrisville State and Hamilton College. On Saturday, the Bears fell in overtime to Morrisville, 5-4. A costly penalty in OT would hurt Potsdam as the Mustangs found the back of the net with one tick remaining on the clock. The Bears then went into another overtime contest against Hamilton on Sunday. Potsdam entered the extra period of play down a man.
The Bears were able to kill the powerplay but just three seconds after the Continentals connected with the game-winning goal to win, 3-2. Junior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) recorded a goal in each game.
The swimming and diving team split in their first meet of the New Year versus St. Lawrence University on Saturday. The men swam past the Saints 145-116, while the women fell 150-102. The Potsdam mens team was led by senior Alexander Taylor (Port Ewen, N.Y.) with three individual victories and a relay win. Taylor posted wins in the 1,000 free (10:16.46), 500 free (5:12.59) and the 100 free (51.52). Freshman Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y.) added two first place finishes in the 200 free (1:53.28) and 100 butterfly (55.93). Sophomore Dan Costa (Spencerport, N.Y.) recorded two wins in the 100 back
(57.99) and 50 free (23.19). Senior Marcus Domfort (East Greenbush, N.Y.) touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly (2:15.53) and the
200 IM (2:11.37). Freshman Chris Carlini (Endwell, N.Y.) earned a win in the 100 breast (1:07.60) and junior Jeremy Rose (New Hartford, N.Y. / New Hartford) added a victory in the 200 breast (2:27.81). The relay team of Costa, Carlini, Zapisek, and Domfort won the
400 medley relay in 3:52.55. The team of Taylor, Carlini, Zapisek, and sophomore Taylor Vander Plaat (Warwick, N.Y.) earned a victory in the 400 free relay (3:39.21). Two lady Bears recorded individual victories during the meet. Sophomore Victoria Blakeslee (Gloversville, N.Y.) led the Bears with wins in the 1,000 free (11:45.24) and the 500 free (5:42.38). Senior Liz Ringer (Queensbury, N.Y.) finished with two first place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:04.33) and the 200 IM (2:24.73). Blakeslee was joined by teammates Emily Kanoza (Syracuse, N.Y.), Jackie Ranieri (Rotterdam, N.Y.), and Paige Montroy (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) to secure the win in the 400 free relay (4:09.50).
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Senior Mark Lake, Jr. is the Bears male performer of the week. Lake led the Bears to a 3-0 record this past week. The senior posted a career-high
25 points in a second half surge past Oneonta on Friday. He then broke his scoring high with a huge performance versus New Paltz. The Harlem, N.Y.
native scored a career best 34 points and lifted Potsdam to a 105-95 double OT victory over the Hawks on Saturday. Lake averaged 25.6 points-per-game, while shooting 66% from the floor, 62% from beyond the arc, and 80% at the free throw line.
Sophomore Victoria Blakeslee is the Bears female performer of the week.
Blakeslee led the Bears with wins in the 1,000 free (11:45.24) and the 500 free (5:42.38). She then teamed up with teammates Emily Kanoza, Jackie Ranieri, and Paige Montroy to secure the win in the 400 free relay (4:09.50).
The mens and womens basketball teams will be hosting North Country SUNYAC rival Plattsburgh tonight at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium starting with the womens game at 6 p.m.
The womens hockey team returns to the ice to host Neumann College for two games this Saturday and Sunday at Cheel Arena.
The mens hockey team return to action on Friday when the travel to Plattsburgh to take on the ninth-ranked Cardinals at 7 p.m.
The swimming and diving teams return to Maxcy Hall Pool as they host cross-town rival Clarkson University on Saturday starting at 4 p.m.