POTSDAM - A season-opening win by the mens lacrosse team and a season-ending loss by the womens hockey team highlighted the SUNY Potsdam sports week.
Potsdam (1-0) scored five unanswered goals and shutout Skidmore College (0-2) in the second half to capture an 8-7 double-overtime victory in its season opener.
Bears junior midfielder Jon Woodworth (Carthage, N.Y.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a three-point day. Senior captain Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y.) bolstered the Potsdam offense with a hat trick and senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y.) stopped 14 shots
In the first overtime the teams traded chances, but Potsdam senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Thoroughbred goalie Matt Diaco kept the game knotted at 7-7. Skidmore won the opening faceoff in the second overtime, but turned the ball over. The Bears called timeout and then worked the ball around the Thoroughbreds zone. With 2:38 left, Woodworth ended the contest with his second goal on a shot from inside the circle.
Diaco finished with eight saves for Skidmore as Potsdam outshot its hosts 32-29 on the afternoon. The Thoroughbreds were just 1-7 on the man-advantage and the Bears were a perfect 1-1.Kunz and Stone each caused four turnovers on the afternoon to record his second Bears victory.
Fourth-seeded Utica College (17-8-1) built an early lead and held off the SUNY Potsdam womens hockey team (12-10-4) 4-1 in the ECAC West Quarterfinals at the Utica Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.
Bears All-Rookie goaltender Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y.) was strong in goal with 28 saves and senior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) scored for the Bears.
Sophomore forward Morgan Reed had a hat trick for the Pioneers.
Jennifer Hamel made the difference for the Pioneers with 23 saves, many of them difficult and at crucial times. Utica finished with a 32-24 advantage in shots. Potsdam was 1-3 on the man advantage, while the Pioneers were just 0-1.
The loss brings to a close the careers of Potsdam seniors Brittany and Amanda Lucky, Jenn Crawford and Jessica Silveira. The Bears won a program-best 44 games during their four seasons. Silveira finishes her career as Potsdams third-leading scorer all-time with 35 goals and 48 assists for 83 points. Brittany Lucky is fourth with 16 goals and 44 assists for 60 points. Crawford is fifth with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points. Amanda Lucky, after just two short seasons, finishes sixth with 18 goals and 30 assists for 48 points.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Bears junior midfielder Jon Woodworth (Carthage, N.Y.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a three-point day to lift Potsdam to an 8-7 win in double overtime victory on Saturday.
Bears All-Rookie goaltender Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y.) was strong in goal with 28 saves in the Bears ECAC West playoff game at Utica College on Sunday.
The womens lacrosse team opens its season Thursday at Clarkson University at 4 p.m. and then will hold its home opener against Utica College on Saturday at noon. The mens lacrosse team will hold its home opener against Alfred State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.