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SUNY Potsdam weekly sports recap

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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam basketball and hockey teams went a combined 3-3 against conference rivals last week as they gear up for the close of their respective regular seasons.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team split 1-1 over the weekend. On Friday, Potsdam hosted Geneseo for Bear Pride Night and a Pink Out in support of the Kay Yow Breast Cancer fund. The Bears used the energy from a large crowd to surge past the Knights, 75-61. A last second three pointer by senior guard Josh Lambert (Brooklyn, N.Y.) would give the Bears the 35-29 lead at halftime. Potsdam would hold off an early run by Geneseo in the second half to cruise to the win. Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. (Harlem, N.Y.) and junior forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.) finished with 17 points apiece. On Saturday, the Bears hosted Brockport for Senior Day in Welsh Gymnasium. Josh Lambert, Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Mark Lake, Jr. and Corey Ellis (Beacon, N.Y.) were all honored for their contributions to the program. However, the Golden Eagles were able to spoil the day and secure a 73-60 victory. Pierce led the Bears with 24 points and nine rebounds.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The women’s basketball team hosted Geneseo and Brockport this past weekend. The lady Bears sported pink jerseys for Bear Pride Night and the Pink Out in support for the Kay Yow Breast Cancer fund.

Potsdam fell to a top ranked SUNY Geneseo squad 74-33. Freshman forward Katie LaVoie (Malone, N.Y.) led the Bears with eight points. On Saturday, Potsdam took on Brockport in their final game of the weekend.

The Golden Eagles were able to edge the Bears, 62-57. Senior guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y.) finished with a game-high 18 points and junior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) added 10 points.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The men’s hockey team swept Brockport and Geneseo in dramatic fashion this past weekend. On Friday, the Bears defeated Brockport in overtime, 4-3.

The game was tightly contested right down to the final play. The Golden Eagles would hold a 3-2 advantage late in the third period. With 46 seconds left, Head Coach Chris Bernard called timeout and pulled junior goalie Shane Talarico (Greensburg, Pa.) for an extra attacker. Senior captain Matt Viola (Toronto, Ontario) was able to tie the score 3-3 as time had nearly expired with an assist from sophomore forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich.) to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Potsdam outshot the Golden Eagles 4-0. The decisive volley came with 2:17 remaining. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) tipped a shot from the point past the Brockport goalie to secure the comeback victory. On Saturday, Potsdam upended No. 14 ranked Geneseo in another overtime win, 4-3. This time it was the Bears that would give up the late goal to head into extra time. The Bears would hold a 3-1 advantage going into the third period of play. The Ice Knights stormed back with two goals in the final three minutes of the contest to send it into overtime. However, it was Potsdam who came out on top. In the early stages of overtime, junior defenseman Kevin Carpenter (Denver, Colo.) flipped the puck up over the Geneseo defense and sophomore Ken Simon (Norwell, Mass.) picked it up in stride in the neutral zone. He raced the length of the ice and wristed the puck past the Knight’s goalie for the game-winner just 40 seconds into the extra session.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The women’s hockey team hosted #1 ranked Plattsburgh on Sunday in ECAC West play. The top ranked team in the land blanked the Bears 6-0 in the win. Junior forward Ali Vakos led the Cardinals with two goals and an assist and junior forward Chelsea VanGlahn also had a three-point day with a goal and two assists. Bears senior goalie Jen Conophy made 40 saves.

Junior goalie Sydney Aveson finished with 15 saves for her sixth shutout of the season.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Junior Shane Talarico is the Bears’ male performer of the week. Talarico won two games this weekend to help the Bears back into playoff contention.

On Friday, Talarico came off the bench after Potsdam’s starter was lost to injury. He made 22 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory against Brockport. On Saturday, the junior stopped 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime win against 14th ranked Geneseo. It was his third career victory and his first collegiate win as a starting goalie.

Senior Katy Briedis is the Bears’ female performer of the week. Briedis finished with a game-high 18 points and five assists in a close contest versus Brockport on Saturday. The senior currently leads the Lady Bears with 12.5, 59 assists, and 32 steals.

UPCOMING GAMES

The basketball teams return to action this evening when they travel to rival SUNY Plattsburgh. Tipoff is set for is slated for 6 p.m. for the women’s game and 8 p.m. for the men’s.

The women’s hockey team hosts Buffalo State Saturday and Sunday with a playoff spot on the line. The Bears face the Bengals at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are slated for Cheel Arena.

The men’s hockey team closes out the regular season this weekend at the Massena Arena. On Friday, Potsdam hosts No. 2 Oswego and unranked Cortland the following evening. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The swimming and diving teams return to the pool on Wednesday, February 20, for the SUNYAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. at Erie Community College.

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