POTSDAM The trophy the Clarkson University womens volleyball team earned for making the NCAA Division III final weekend sits on a small table in coach Johan Dulfers office, partially blocked by a cardboard box.
It may be fitting that its not on display somewhere on campus, because Dulfer and the Golden Knights want to make sure they dont dwell on the past as the current season begins today.
Clarkson finished 31-7 last fall and reached the NCAA quarterfinals before losing to eventual national champion St. Thomas. The Golden Knights return most of their starters from last years team and are hoping to make it all the way to the final weekend again.
How I put it to (the team) is that the structure is intact, we had a good system going and we still do, Dulfer said. We can add to it. We have a new little wrinkle to our offense. We have some other people that are stepping in to do some things. But they need to remember that what we had is pretty good.
Clarkson, which is ranked 23rd nationally in the preseason poll, will be tested right away.
The Golden Knights open at 5 p.m. today with a match in SUNY Cortlands Red Dragon Invitational against Richard Stockton, which finished 28-7 last year. At 8 p.m., Clarkson will face No. 11 Mount Union, which went 27-7 last year and swept the Golden Knights in three sets.
Clarksons two matches Saturday come against Buffalo State (26-8 last year) and then Juniata College, ranked No. 20 and went 25-12 a year ago.
Weve put together a schedule that, believe it or not, has us as the underdog in two-thirds of our matches this year, Dulfer said. Yeah, we have this ranking and this recognition, but were trying to forget about it as much as we can. We dont have anything yet. The only thing we have is an opportunity to prove we can do this.
Among the players who return from last years squad are sophomore Victoria Kirkemo, who was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, and sophomore Aishvina Arasu, who was the New York Region Rookie of the Year. Clarkson also returns senior Lani Durio and junior Adrienne Walker, who was the NCAA New York Regionals Most Outstanding Player.
Although we have a new team we need to try to mimic what we did last year, but also kick it into another drive so we can make it a little bit further, Durio said. Luckily we had a group of girls come to preseason and we were all in good shape. We all did what we needed to do. Everyone seemed to really work hard this summer. This year we have a good balance of returners, but our new girls are also at a high level. The new girls are pushing the returners to work even harder.
One unique aspect of Clarksons squad is the number of players on the roster who are from areas quite a distance from Potsdam.
Clarkson has four Californians, including Arasu, and four Texans. The Golden Knights have as many players from China (one) as they do from New York state.
I had never known about Clarkson and I actually didnt know that upstate New York was so big, Arasu said. It was an adjustment for me, but Im a pretty adventurous person so I thought, Why not go across the country? It will be a new experience and it will be fun.
Eight of Clarksons 13 players this season are sophomores or freshmen, so it would not be surprising if the Golden Knights challenge for a few more spots in the NCAA quarterfinals in the future.
They havent maxed out yet, theyre not even close, Dulfer said. In athletics, and in team sports, youre achievements arent always measured by physically what you are capable of. A lot of it has to do with how well you gel as a team. Can you come together and how selfless can you be? Can you put your teams goals before your own? Last years team, when it really counted, was able to do that. Physically, we are better than we were last year. We have more talent. Whether that will translate into more wins, well have to see.
Outlook: Clarkson struggled on both ends of the field last fall, scoring only 13 goals and allowing 31. The Golden Knights return leading scorer Marco Parisi, who scored six of the teams 13 goals. Clarkson also lost both of its goalies from last season to graduation. ... SLU made the NCAA Tournament again last season, falling in the second round. The Saints will have to replace departed seniors Sam DeMello and Brian Gilloran, who combined to score 19 of their 47 goals last season. SLU also lost starting goalie Nate Goss-Woliner to graduation. ... The Bears struggled on offense, scoring just 21 goals, but should improve this season as one of SUNY Potsdams key newcomers is forward Brandon Laurin, who scored more than 40 goals last year to lead Section 7s Chazy to a state Class D title. SUNY Potsdam also returns leading scorer Eduardo Figueroa, who scored 12 goals. ... SUNY Canton has a new coach in Tim Penrod as it begins its second year playing against NCAA Division III competition. Penrod comes to Canton from Southern Vermont College. SUNY Canton returns its leading scorer in Abdulai Jagana. ... The Cannoneers have a young team with only two sophomores that will look to get back into the Region 3 playoffs in a loaded conference that has defending national champion Herkimer County CC and nationally ranked Tompkins-Cortland CC. The team will rely on Midstate Athletic All-Conference player and former Immaculate Heart Central star Graham Whalen to lead the way offensively.
Coach: Nick Hillary (5th year, 18-39-9).
2012 record: 2-12-3 overall (1-6-1 Liberty League).
Roster: Brendan Wise (Fr. M), Nicholas Gutberlet (Fr. D), Marco Parisi (So. F), Zachary Peck (So. D), Tyler Rodrigues (Sr. D), Zachary Godin (So. M), Paul Ancin (So. M), Tucker Wilcox (Fr. F), Kyle Fisk (Fr. M/F), Alex Lewis (Sr. M/F), Kurt Knolle (Sr. M), Michael McDonell (Jr. D), Nate Crow (Gr. F), Alex Vozzella (Jr. F), Angelo DiFrancesco (Sr. F), Troy White (Fr. M), Brian Kroetz (Fr. F), Zack Krajkowski (Fr. D), Andrew Akiki (Fr. M), Eric Herberger (Fr. M/F), Paul Valente (Fr. D), Trevor Blackwell (Jr. D), Keefe Wallace (Fr. D), Nathan Jones (Fr. D), Kyle Baughman (Jr. M), Charles Huttig (Fr. D), Charles Lowth (Fr. M/F), Michael King (Fr. G), Alex White (Fr. G).
Coach: Bob Durocher (24th year, 289-96-41).
2012 record: 14-3-3 (5-2-1).
Roster: Ryan Roethel (So. G), Christian Barral-Arteta (Fr. M), Noah Bunton (Fr. M/F), Harry Copeland (So. D), Jonathan Mendoza (So. M), Manny Collins (So. F), Jamal Samaroo (Jr. F), Mark Provost (Jr. M), Andrew Bednarsky (Sr. M), Seyefe Brouk (So. D), Jeremiah Bunton (Jr. M/F), Ryan Grant (So. M/D), Morgan Smith (So. F), Rob Brandell (Fr. M), Craig Davis (Sr. F), Matt Stevenson (Fr. D), Ross Suitor (Fr. D), Austin Roney (Jr. D), Daniel Hunt (So. D), Sars Bowman (Jr. M), Praveen Balakumaran (So. F), Christian Yarros (So. D), Aaron Costello (Jr. G), George Kusserow (Fr. G), Sean Houston (Fr. G).
Coach: Adam Parker (4th year, 13-31-9).
2012 record: 4-9-4 (1-4-4 SUNYAC).
Roster: Sam Caton (Fr. G), Nick Davies (Fr. G), Mario Riccardi (So. M/F), Ben Firlit (So. F), Brian Emery (Jr. D), Chris Schrum (Fr. D), Stephen Auyer (So. F), Pat Cleaver (Jr. D), Alessio Vitale (Sr. M), Eduardo Figueroa (Jr. F), Tom Benedetto (So. F), Dylan Krueger (So. F), Johnny Zator (So. M), Andrew Doody (So. D), Kyle Cronin (So. M), Cliff Bondi (Jr. F), Travis Jordan (Jr. M), Alex Minsker (Jr. M/F), Alex Griffith (So. D), Conor Engle (Jr. M), Eric Cassidy (So. D), Patrick Mylod (So. M), James Turcott (So. F/M), Brandon Laurin (Fr. F/M), Ben Steinberg (Sr. G), Alex Pavone (Jr. G), Stefan Sloma (Sr. G).
Coach: Tim Penrod (1st year).
2012 record: 8-9-1.
Roster: Tyler Savage (Fr. G), Jamie Stevens (Fr. G), Zack Votra (Sr. D), John Forte (Jr. D), Richie Bempong (Sr. D), Abdoulie Jawara (So. D), Anthony Cortese (Fr. D), Elhadji Gueye (Jr. F), Jordan Barrlere (Fr. M/D), Hunter Mowery (Fr. M), Jose Menendez (So. M), Nick Escalante (So. M), Keelon Joseph (Sr. M), Tyler Gallagher (So. F), Yaw Agyei (So. M/F), Abdulai Jagana (Jr. F), Marvin Palmer (Sr. M), Prince Adjei (Fr. F), Devin Gruneisen (Sr. D), Keenan King (Sr. D), Neil Mancktelow (So. D), Evan Drew (Sr. G), Antonio James (Jr. G).
Coach: Chris Pacilio (8th year)
2012 record: (3-11-2)
Roster: Cody Carpenter, M, Fr.; Joshau Dickinson, D, Fr.; Tyler John, M/D, Fr.; Christian Johnson, F/M, Fr.; Ian Kearns, F, Fr.; Jacob LaClair, GK, Fr.; Logan Marolf, M/D, Fr.; Scott McKain, M/F, Fr.; Kyle Miller, CF, Fr.; Pearce Parson, F/M, Fr.; Milan Sanchez, F, So.; Kraig Steele, F, Fr.; Antony Vantassel, D, Fr.; Graham Whalen, F. So.
Outlook: In the four years before Sarah Raymond arrived as head coach Clarkson won a total of 14 games. The Golden Knights have matched that total in the two seasons she has coached the squad. Clarkson only gave up 14 goals last season but struggled on offense, scoring just 16. ... SLU had a tough time in conference play last season, finishing 2-5-1 in the Liberty League. The Saints were 6-1-1 in their nonconference contests and allowed only 15 goals all season. The Saints return leading overall scorer Julia Friesen (7-5), but lost their leading goal-scorer Stephanie Sayward (8-2) to graduation. SLU does return starting goalie Kelsey West. ... SUNY Potsdam struggled on both ends of the field last fall, scoring 13 goals and allowing 59, and the Bears lost their two leading goal-scorers, Ashley Thayer and Heather Johnson, to graduation. ... Like the mens program, SUNY Canton enters this season with a new head coach in Sarah Arsenault, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Waynesburg University. She takes over a team that went 7-10-1 last year. SUNY Canton had a potent offense, with 36 goals, but allowed 28. ... As for JCC, it is undetermined if there are enough eligible players to field a team for the season.
Coach: Sarah Raymond (2nd year, 14-14-4, 10th ovearll, 103-56-24).
2012 record: 6-7-3 overeall (0-6-2 Liberty League).
Roster: Kim Kenline (Jr. G), Taylor Smith (So. G), Christine Wright (So. D), Tori Sailor (Fr. D), Cailey Nieto (Jr. M/F), Rachel Loecher (Fr. M/D), Haley Hider (So. D), Jessica Budaj (Jr. M/F), Lauren Flynn (Fr. M/F), Taylor Abraham (Jr. M), Ashley DeHond (Jr. D/M), Andrea Riedman (Sr. D), Megan Strijek (So. F), Nikki Carfi (So. M/F), Anna Demasi (So. M), Kanoe Eichholz (Fr. D), Brianna Weber (Fr. M/D), Olivia Chopskie (Fr. M), Shannon Dracup (Fr. M/d), Aubrey Harris (Jr. M/D), Christina Pollard (Fr. M0, Meggie Manzo (Fr. M), Dani Felty (So. M), Meghan Ireland (Fr. D), Gretchen Braeunle (Fr. D), Steph Lynch (So. G), Sierra Spring (Fr. G).
Coach: Franco Bari (6th year, 46-30-11).
2012 record: 8-6-2 (2-5-1).
Roster: Andrea Strauss (Sr. G), Kelsey West (So. G), Mimi Coppinger (So. F), Liz Laprade (Sr. F/D), Caroline Crandall (So. M), Elena Dauphinais (Jr. F), Laura Topf (Jr. M/D), Emily DePoy (So. M/D), Julia Friesen (Sr. M), Erika Gobeille (Sr. M/F), Amanda Hamilton (So. F/M), Hannah Calvelli (So. D), Adrianna Morra (So. D), Emma Fleming (So. D), Lindsay Geier (Fr. M), Holly Wark (Jr. M), Nyssa LaClair (Jr. F), Katelyn Daley (So. D/M), Meagan Gadzuk-Shea (Jr. M), Corrine Werner (Sr. M/D), Grace Lennon (So. M), Samantha Rock (So. F), Taylor Goldsborough (Fr. M), Julia Mitiguy (Fr. M), Amy Reunert (Fr. D), Alexandra Weatherbie (Jr. G), Mackenzie Collins (Jr. M/D), Alexa Derksen (Fr. D).
Coach: Mark Misiak (3rd year, 6-27-3).
2012 record: 2-15-1 (2-5 SUNYAC).
Roster: Lauren Haase (Fr. G), Nina Komosinski (Jr. F), Chloe Hay (So. D), Alli Cleaver (Jr. D), Jess Sterns (So. M), Marissa Skaczkowski (So. D), Hailey Hollenbeck (Fr. F), Mackenzie Cotter (So. M), Alex Guidarelli (Fr. D), Alexis Beach (Fr. F), Summer Bader (So. D), Ally Blazey (So. F), Kate Clauss (Jr. M), Steffanie Premo (Fr. M), Kolbi Lyon (Fr. D), Kristin Webster (Jr. M), Erin McClusky (So. F), Brenna Vukelic (So. F), Amanda Peterson (Fr. D), Bri McClusky (So. M), Hannah Keggins (Fr. D), Michaela Cole (Fr. G), Keely Sammon (Fr. M), Cassandra McNitt (So. M), Kaylen Van Wagner (Fr. F), Kaleigh Zappia (Fr. D), Sara Livecchi (Fr. D).
Coach: Sarah Arsenault (1st year).
2012 record: 7-10-1.
Roster: Alexis Sweet (Fr. F), Nikki Holmes (Fr. M), Shanique Stewart (So. D), Alexandra Forsythe (Fr. F), Karley Cree (So. M/F), Katlyn Hart (Sr. M), Rebecca Remington (So. D), Amanda Fleming (So. M/D), Kaitlyn Lauzon (Fr. D), Brittany Rotach (Fr. G), Franchesca Trombley (So. D), Julia Gilbert (Jr. D), Brandie Wagstaff (Fr. M), Jade Sayward (Sr. F), Melissa Campoverde (Sr. M), Tressa Goolden (Jr. D), Savannah Crane (Fr. G), Karyss Terrance (So. M).
Outlook: The Saints had a tough time last season, finishing with just three wins overall and one win in the Liberty League. SLU was hampered after the season ended by losing Courtney Cartier, who scored 12 of the teams 25 goals, to graduation. The leading returning goal-scorers are Grace ONeil and Lizzy Saward, who each scored three.
Coach: Fran Grembowicz (15th year, 147-92).
2012 record: 3-13 overall (1-5 Liberty League).
Roster: Jamie Oriol (Fr. F/M), Shawna Thompson (Jr. D), Grace ONeil (Sr. F), Molly Manning (So. F), Anna Hughes (Fr. F/M), Samantha Haab (So. F), Carly Dziekan (Fr. M), Becca Ryan (Fr. D), Kate Higgins (Sr. M), Chapin Dwyer (Jr. D), Caroline Phinney (So. M), Kara Pelosi (So. D), Katie Klein (Fr. F), Lizzy Gendell (Fr. F), Allie Cerpovicz (Fr. D), Maggie Whelley (Fr. D), Ali Ferenczy (Jr. M), Erica French (Fr. F), Lizzy Saward (So. M), Emma Berry (Sr. D), Kim Haab (So. G), Julia Hudson (Fr. G), Nicole Matos (Sr. G).
Outlook: Clarkson won 31 games last season and made it to the NCAA Division III finals before losing to eventual national champion St. Thomas in a quarterfinal match. The Golden Knights return almost all of their key players from last seasons squad. ... The Saints had a long season last fall, going just 3-7 in home matches. SLU does return some of its top players in Lexi Brown, Rebecca Doser and Jenna Street. ... The Bears won 23 games last fall but were just 3-5 in SUNYAC matches. SUNY Potsdam lost its two leaders in kills, Rachel Auerbach and Kayla Howard, to graduation, but returns leading setter Jenna Blujus. ... The Kangaroos were 25-4 last season, including a perfect 12-0 record in home matches. SUNY Canton returns several of its top players including Morgan Bills, Jessica Reynolds and Mackenzie Mynter. ... JCC looks to top one of its best ever seasons after winning the Mid-State Athletic Conference and placing in the top four in regionals. Five players return to the squad, including all-conference selection Ashley Capone. Former Lowville product Haley Riley highlights the four newcomers.
Coach: Johan Dulfer (8th year, 167-95).
2012 record: 31-7 overall (12-2 Liberty League).
Roster: Hannah Jones (Fr.), Lani Durio (Sr.), Lauren Hutchinson (So.), Aishvina Arasu (So.), Victoria Kirkemo (So.), Xiao Liang (Sr.), Sierra Rhoades (Fr.), Kristen Orlandini (Jr.), Erika Chin (Sr.), Adrienne Walker (Jr.), Brooke Butkovsky (Jr.), Danielle Farabee (So.), Katrina Lane (Fr.), Kirstie Shurie (So.).
Coach: Shelly Roiger (2nd year, 30-41).
2012 record: 11-24 (3-9).
Roster: Mariah Dignan (So.), Marisa Turner (So.), Cristina Deschaine (So.), Lexi Brown (So.), Jenna Street (Jr.), Catherine Rowell (Fr.), Anna Kassab (Sr.), Katie Prue (Sr.), Rebecca Briggs (Fr.), Amanda Brooks (Fr.), Kristin Heidt (Fr.), Rebecca Doser (So.), Katrina Marczeski (Fr.), Lauren Carey (Fr.).
Coach: Josh Stokes (1st year).
2012 record: 23-17 (3-5 SUNYAC).
Roster: Gabby Arana (Jr.), Allie Romaniello (So.), Sloane Campbell (Fr.), Whitney Coyle (Fr.), Casey Chase (So.), Sharon Ofori (Jr.), Tia Wright (Jr.), Felica Barr (Fr.), Amara Pascuito (Fr.), Jenna Blujus (Sr.), Sara Anderson (Sr.), Sarah Becker (Fr.), Dakota Pruiss (Sr.), Lauren Manzo (Sr.), Stephanie Vlad (Jr.), Liza Fields (Jr.).
Coach: Carol LaMarche (2nd year, 25-4).
2012 record: 25-4.
Roster: Mackenzie Mynter (Jr.), Kelsy Cornish (Fr.), Kiana Archer (So.), Robyn Carroll (So.), Brianna Enge (So.), Jessica Reynolds (Jr.), Rachel Lowther (So.), Courtney Cunningham (Fr.), Julia Bradley (So.), Emily Thomas (Jr.), Morgan Bills (So.), Morgan Wicks (Fr.), Jenna Hibbard (Fr.), Autumn Dutcher (Fr.), Lindsay Bryer (Fr.), Erica Reynolds (Fr.).
Coach: Sara Kent (3rd year)
2012 record: 26-11
Roster: Kierstin Burke, Right Side/Opposite, Fr.; Ashley Capone, Middle Blocker, So.; Shelby Contryman, Setter, So.; Stephanie Ennist, Middle Blocker, So.; Keysha DeJesus Ortiz, Defensive Specialist, Fr.; Haley Riley, Outside Hitter, Fr.; Nikki Wormwood, Outside Hitter, Fr.; Haley Zicari Defensive Specialist, So.
Outlook: Clarksons mens team will be led by senior Dan Fritz, who finished 41st at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals. Junior Sarah Governale led the womens team with a 15th-place finish at the Liberty League meet. ... Both of SLUs squads have earned preseason national rankings. The Saints women, led by Amy Cymerman and Ariel Beccia, are ranked ninth nationally, and SLUs men, led by Landen Elliott-Knaggs and Trevor Bibb, are ranked 28th. ... SUNY Potsdams womens team finished 36th last year at the Atlantic Regional, and the men placed 44th. ... SUNY Cantons mens team will be led by senior Jonathan Flint, who was a U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association All-American last year. The Kangaroos womens team is led by junior Megan Mydosh, who finished in 19th place at the USCAA championship meet.
Coach: Jim Allott.
Men: Ryan Ash (Sr.), John Bell (So.), Nick Bouton (Fr.), Steven Bruley (Fr.), Ryan Crist (Sr.), Ben Davis (Sr.), Brad Denton (Jr.), Alexander DeWitt (Fr.), Michael Donovan (Jr.), Jacob Dowman (So.), Michael Feeney (So.), Paul Ferrer (Jr.), Daniel Fritz (Sr.), Brad Gosselin (Fr.), Austin Holbrook (Jr.), Andrew Klem (Gr.), Chris LaCoss (Fr.), Nick Marshall (Sr.), Adam Merkwan (Jr.), Ryan Recchie (So.), Colin Rooney (Fr.), Lorenzo Servedio (Fr.), Phillip Spinosa (Sr.), Chase Weaver (Fr.), William Yancey (So.).
Women: Jenevieve Broadwell (Fr.), Robin Collyns (Fr.), Erin Corrigan (Sr.), Aileen Daley (So.), Taryn Dausman (Jr.), Allie Day (Fr.), Katherine Doyle (Fr.), Chelsea Farinacci (So.), Ashley Forshey (So.), Sarah Governale (Jr.), Lindsey McCormick (So.), Meaghan McKenna (So.), Fiona Recchia (Sr.), Dana Schmidt (So.), Emily Sieracki (Jr.), Natalie Worley (Sr.), Catherine Zarnofsky (Sr.).
Coaches: John Newman (men), Katie Curran (women).
Men: Tyler Baldino (Jr.), Adam Bankert (So.), Trevor Bibb (Jr.), Brendan Courneene (Sr.), Daniel Driscoll (Jr.), Landen Elliott-Knaggs (Gr.), Jon Eng (Sr.), Bryan Geiger (So.), Jason Hardacre (So.), Wesley Kirui (So.), William Moynihan (So.), Spencer Patterson (So.), Steve Petramale (Sr.), Harrison Sloan (So.), Scott Smolensky (Jr.), Ellis Toll (So.), Aaron Tompkins (Jr.).
Women: Ariel Beccia (Sr.), Machele Clark (Sr.), Amy Cymerman (Sr.), Madeline Funk (So.), Laurel Hurd (So.), Toria Koutras (Sr.), Kelsey Leder (Sr.), Margaret MacDonald (So.), Katie Mannix (Sr.), Ella Martin (So.), Anne Martino (Jr.), Chloe McElligott (So.), Courtney Mullen (So.), Anna Rabideau (Jr.), Kate Sneden (Sr.), Kendra Sultzer (Sr.), Jenny Van Ooyen (So.), Emily von Loesceke (Sr.), Madeline Woods (So.).
Coach: Peter Cutler.
Men: Brandon Bobik (So.), Jonathan Doane (Jr.), Zach Fanion (So.), Adam Lang (Jr.), Dan Lewis (Sr.), Taylor Maggy (So.), Evan Price (Gr.), Joseph Rafter (Jr.), Ryan Sullivan (Fr.), Brett Wunsch (Jr.).
Women: Sara Behuniak (Sr.), Carissa Cuccia (So.), Rebecca Dukett (Jr.), Devon Dunbar (So.), Mikaela Foster (Sr.), Hannah Groshner (Jr.), Sarah Howe (So.), Lindsay Johnson (Fr.), Kinga Kanczura (Sr.), Sarah LaPorta (Fr.), Margaret McGrath (So.), McKenna Novak (So.), Olivia Rehm (So.), Victoria Vanderhall (Fr.).
Coaches: John Kennedy (men), Katie Kennedy (women).
Men: Dylan Barringer (Gr.), Bryant Cotey (Sr.), Shawn Deibel (Fr.), Zachary Doyle (So.), Jon Flint (Sr.), Tom lauzon (Jr.), Dan Loskowitz (Fr.), Andrew Wilson (Fr.), Ricky Yerdon (Jr.), Brandon Young (Fr.).
Women: Anahi Abreu (Fr.), Keara Byrne (So.), Laura DiFrenza (So.), Sarah Durland (Fr.), Devin Gosselin (Fr.), Megan Morrow (So.), Megan Mydosh (Jr.), Jess Nagy (So.), Joelle Percy (Sr.).