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SUNY Potsdam weekly sports recap

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POTSDAM - A weekend sweep on the road by the women’s volleyball team highlighted the SUNY Potsdam fall sports teams efforts last week.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team continued their winning ways by picking up two more victories in Newbury, Mass., on Saturday.

The Bears (11-10 overall, 3-0 SUNYAC) have now won five of its’ last six matches.

Both on Saturday came in a flash as Potsdam efficiently completed sweeps against Daniel Webster College (25-12, 25-10, 25-19) and host Newbury (25-9, 25-5, 25-14) to march through in about two hours of playing time.

Liza Fields (Duanesburg, N.Y.) had 11 kills, Sara Anderson (Lake George, N.Y.) had 10 kills and Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif.) led with a team-high 26 assists and Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had 10 digs in the Daniel Webster match. Freshman Sarah Becker (Troy, N.Y.) had her second-highest output of kills with seven.

The Bears really spread it around in the Newbury match as six different players accounted for at least four kills (Blujus, Anderson, Becker, Manzo, Sharon Ofori, and Whitney Coyle) Coyle’s five kills were a single-game career high. Manzo led once again in assists with 19 while Blujus led all Bears with 10 digs.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Potsdam women’s soccer team split a pair of SUNYAC matches over the weekend by losing 3-0 at SUNY Cortland on Friday and then bounced back with a 2-0 at Oswego on Saturday.

The Bears (4-6-1, 1-2 SUNYAC) got goals from freshman forward Hailey Hollenbeck (Hudson, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Jess Sterns (Henrietta, N.Y.) to defeat Oswego State (7-4-1, 2-2) 2-0 on the road on Saturday.

Bears freshman goalie Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y.) made nine saves for her first collegiate shutout.

Potsdam made the most of its shots in the first half. Hollenbeck scored on the Bears first shot of the contest at 20:50. Less than four minutes later Sterns doubled Potsdam’s advantage. Cole stopped all four shots she faced in the first half.

The Lakers increased their pressure in the second half, taking the first 12 shots, but Cole and Potsdam’s defense held. Oswego never let up, but couldn’t solve Cole as she added five more stops to her total to seal the Bears’ victory. Oswego goalie Ayssa Glasshagel finished with just one save.

MEN’S SOCCER

SUNY Cortland (5-5, 2-1 SUNYAC) scored a late first half goal and held off the Bears (6-5, 0-2) 1-0 at Maxcy Hall Turf Field on Friday afternoon.

The play was fairly even in the first half, but Cortland had the better chances. Nearly 12 minutes in, senior forward Bryan Merlos (Harrison, N.Y.) directed a Red Dragon free kick to the left of the goal off the crossbar. However, Potsdam cleared the ball out of harms way. In the 24th minute, Cortland junior midfielder Thomas Nocito (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) caught a long pass and slipped past a Bear defender.

Potsdam senior goalie Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y.) charged out and blocked the shot. About 10 minutes later, Red Dragon forward Dillon Johnson (Northport, N.Y.) used his speed on the outside of the field to break free.

Again, Sloma came out to meet him and Johnson fired the ball of the post. Potsdam’s best opportunity came off a shot from sophomore forward Stephen Auyer (Oswego, N.Y.) earlier in the period. Cortland junior goalie Tim Beauvais (Hilton, N.Y.) made the save, redirecting the ball with his hands and the Red Dragons cleared it from their end. Cortland finally broke through with just 17 seconds left in the period, as Johnson finished a pass from junior defender Darren McCormack (Dublin, Ireland).

Sloma finished with six saves in his first career start.

On Saturday, Potsdam rallied for a 1-1 tie with Oswego State (0-8-2, 0-2-1) on Saturday afternoon at Maxcy Turf Field. Junior forward Eduardo Figueroa (Rochester, N.Y) scored the Bears’ lone goal.

Potsdam created some offensive pressure early in the contest, but was unable to draw first blood. The Bears’ best opportunity of the half came off the foot of sophomore midfielder Kyle Cronin (Henrietta, N.Y.). Just over 23 minutes into the contest, Cronin banged a shot off the crossbar. Seconds later, Lakers senior forward Mike Naab (Ontario, N.Y.) finished a pass from sophomore midfielder Patrick Sprague (Spencerport, N.Y.) for a 1-0 lead at 23:35. Potsdam outshot Oswego 6-3 in the first 45 minutes, but trailed 1-0 at the break.

The Bears ramped up the offense in the second half and the aggressive play paid off. At the 53:42 mark, Figueroa was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. He then buried his shot in the left side of the net past diving Oswego freshman goalie Jon Runge (Cicero, N.Y.) to tie the score. Potsdam continued to hover around the Laker goal after the score, but couldn’t grab the lead in regulation.

GOLF

The SUNY Potsdam men’s golf team concluded its’ season in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid Atlantic Championship qualifier at the Blue Heron Hills Country Club in Macedon on Sunday.

The Bears placed seventh out of nine teams with a team score of 644. Sophomore and No. 2 player Conor Talty (Fairport, N.Y.) had the top score for Potsdam with a 75-76-151 to rank tied for 12th overall among individual players.

No. 4 Bears’ player Kevin Doherty (Amherst, N.Y.) shot an 83-80-163 while sophomore John Hickey (Au Sable Forks, N.Y.) carded a 78-86-164.

Sophomore Daniel Kurtz (Livonia, N.Y.) showed marked improvement on day two by firing a 78 one day after shooting a 93 to finish with a 171.

And, senior Harrison Davenport (Auburn, N.Y.) also fared much better on day two with an 81 after shooting a 96 on day one to close out with a 177.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif.) broke new individual ground on her way to help guide the Bears’ volleyball team to a couple of road victories on Saturday.

The senior recorded a single-game season-high 26 assists and six digs in helping sweep Daniel Webster College 25-12, 25-10, 25-19.

Manzo also set a new high water mark for aces in a single game with six and she added a team-high 19 assists in aiding the sweep of Newbury 25-9, 25-5, 25-14.

Sophomore and No. 2 player Conor Talty (Fairport, N.Y.) had the top score for the Potsdam golf team with a 75-76-151 to rank tied for 12th overall among individual players in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid Atlantic Championship qualifier at the Blue Heron Hills Country Club in Macedon on Sunday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The volleyball team will return home to Maxcy Field House and host SUNY Geneseo on Friday at 5 p.m. and then Plattsburgh State at 10 a.m. and Fredonia State at 3 p.m. on Saturday in three SUNYAC games.

The women’s soccer team will host two SUNYAC games this weekend beginning on Friday against SUNY New Paltz at 4 p.m. and then on Saturday versus Oneonta at 1 p.m.

The men’s soccer team hits the road for two SUNYAC games starting with a 4 p.m. contest with SUNY New Paltz on Friday and then on Saturday at Oneonta at 1 p.m.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will take back to the course Saturday starting at 11 a.m. in the SLU Hoffman Invitational in Canton.

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