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POTSDAM - All three SUNY Potsdam spring sports teams has a busy week against conference and non-conference rivals.

MEN’S LACROSSE

The men’s lacrosse team hosted the College at Brockport in their only contest of the week. The Golden Eagles used a late fourth quarter rally to send the game into overtime and to secure eventual 10-9 win late Saturday afternoon. Potsdam would hold a 5-4 advantage going into the half. The Bears extended their lead over the third quarter and claimed a 9-5 lead heading into the final quarter. However, Brockport shutdown the Potsdam offense in the final stanza to complete the comeback victory. Senior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) had a game-high four points (4g-1a) for the Bears and senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) chipped in two goals and a helper. In goal, senior captain Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y.) made nine saves.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

The women’s lacrosse team hosted several key games this past week. On Tuesday, the Bears rallied to defeat New Paltz in an exciting overtime thriller, 15-14. Freshman attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y.) would score a buzzer beater at the end of the second half to send the game into OT. In the extra period, senior captains Whitney Boshart (Watertown, N.Y.) and Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.) each scored to put Potsdam up by a goal.

Junior goalie Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) stopped a critical Hawk free position opportunity with just 39 seconds left and Potsdam ran out the clock to seal the win. Sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y. ) matched a career-high with five goals in the game. The Bears then hosted Brockport on Saturday for their second game of the week. The Golden Eagles set the tone early and kept the foot on the pedal. Brockport scored 13 goals in the first half to cruise to a 21-5 victory. Potsdam concluded the long week with an 18-7 decision over North Country rival SUNY Canton Sunday afternoon. The Bears’ offense was led by sophomore Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) and McClusky, who each totaled seven points in the contest.

SOFTBALL

The softball team hit the road for a long weekend of action. The Bears traveled down the road on Thursday to take on North Country rival St. Lawrence University to start the tough slate. Potsdam would split with the Saints and received a stellar pitching performance by junior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.) in the first game of the doubleheader. The Heuvelton native would record her first career no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over St. Lawrence. Johnson joins teammate Ashley Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y.) as the only Potsdam pitchers to no hit an opponent and is the third no-hitter in school history. The Bears then headed to New Paltz and Oneonta State for a pair of SUNYAC doubleheaders. On Friday, the Hawks would sweep Potsdam 15-0 in the first game and 3-2 in the second contest.

On Saturday, Oneonta rallied to defeat the Bears in the opener, 9-3. The Red Dragons then blanked Potsdam 5-0 in the final game of the twin bill.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Senior Pat Morrill earns his second Bears’ male performer of the week honor. Morrill recorded three goals and an assist in an overtime loss to Brockport Saturday afternoon. The senior has notched eight goals and one assist in the last three games.

Junior Megan Johnson is the Bears’ female performer of the week. Johnson opened a long road weekend with her first career no-hitter in a 1-0 decision over North Country rival St. Lawrence. She is the second Potsdam softball player to throw a no-hitter. The Heuvelton native’s performance marks the third time in school history that a pitcher has no hit an opponent. The junior then pitched in relief against Oneonta, holding the Red Dragons scoreless in four innings on the mound.

UPCOMING GAMES

The softball team returns to the diamond on Wednesday in Utica to face SUNYIT for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The men’s lacrosse team returns to the Maxcy Turf when they host Oswego State at 7 p.m.Wednesday. The women’s lacrosse team begins a four-game road trip this afternoon when it will faceoff against SUNYAC foe Oneonta State at 4 p.m.

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