Nearly 100 former SUNY Potsdam mens and womens lacrosse players returned to Maxcy Turf field last weekend to participate in the Bears annual alumni games.
A large turnout of close to 70 former Bears laxmen turned out to honor veteran head coach Rick Berkmans 20th season, in addition to celebrate individual playing careers. The current Bears squared off with 68 of their predecessors on Saturday afternoon. According to the alumni, they handily defeated this years team, although the scoreboard told a different story. After the game, Berkman was presented with a framed Potsdam jersey #20. In his Potsdam tenure, the Bears coach has garnered 122 wins, 12 SUNYAC playoff appearances in 15 seasons, an Empire Lacrosse League Conference title in 1997 and a berth in the SUNYAC Championship game in 2011. Berkman was also named the 2007 and 2011 SUNYAC Coach of the Year. He has presided over five All-Americans, two SUNYAC Players of the Year and numerous all-conference selections. Potsdam opens its 2014 campaign with a March 1 showdown against Skidmore College at 3:30 p.m. in Saratoga Springs. The womens lacrosse team welcomed back 20 former Lady Bears. The current and former players battled it out on Saturday night at Maxcy Turf field, with the 2013-14 Bears capturing a 16-7 victory. The contest featured some sibling rivalries. Freshman attacker Katie Lapinski scored against her brother Will, a former assistant coach. Freshman goalie Devan Olschewske stopped her sister Molly Lehman-Lewis, Potsdams third all-time leading scorer, on a scoring attempt. However, Lehman-Lewis got her revenge with a free-position goal shortly after. Potsdam also welcomed back Lisa Seidel, who made the trek all the way from Vancouver. The Bears open their 2014 campaign against Clarkson on March 6, at 4 p.m. Among those on hand for the game were; Carly Richards 12 (programs all-time leading scorer – 147g, 71a, 218 pts.) Sam Brown 11 Kaci Milligan 12 (programs wins and saves leader) Maribeth Simmons 12 (4th on career scoring list - 86g, 24a, 110 pts.) Sierra Langkammerer 12 (8th on career scoring list - 71g, 11a, 82 pts.) Aubrey Macintosh 12 Whitney Boshart 13 (8th on career goals list – 58 g) Shannon Miller 13 Erika Olsowske 13 Renee McKay 13 Julie Perna 13 Stephanie White 13 Lisa Seidel Britanny Coffey 13 Denise Johns 13 Lizzy Penree 13 Gabe Cloonan 08 Cara Pryce Sarah Rosintoski Bullard 07. (Submitted Photo)