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Campus notes: SUNY Potsdam’s Berkman named coach of year

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Watertown native Rick Berkman was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career after leading SUNY Potsdam to a 10-6 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the SUNYAC with a 4-2 conference record.

Senior goalie Ryan Duffy was named the Player of the Year. He ranked third in the nation with a .659 save percentage. Seniors Ryan McConnell and Watertown’s Rob Kunz were named to the first team. Pat Bonafede and Watertown native Jeff Love were named to the second team and Sackets Harbor native Kyle Hauk made honorable mention.

St. Lawrence University’s Conor Healey and Sam Marvin made the Liberty League first team. Tommy Hovey and Pierson Fowler were chosen for the second team, and Charlie Jennings made honorable mention.

Clarkson senior Rick Clement and junior Mark Nortz were named as second-teamers on the Liberty League squad. J.D. St. Croix and Ryan St. Croix made honorable mention.

JCC COACH, PLAYERS HONORED

Jefferson Community College men’s lacrosse coach David Vespa was selected coach of the year by the Mid-State Athletic Conference on Tuesday.

Three of JCC’s players, Dallas Thomas, James Grimm and Daniel Conlin made the MSAC all-conference team.

Thomas is a former General Brown player. Grimm and Conlin are former Carthage players.

BRACY RECEIVES HONOR

Carthage’s Andrew Bracy was selected to the second team as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced their all-conference honors.

Bracy, a junior face-off specialist for Norwich University, won 114 of 190 face-offs for a .600 percentage. Bracy won nearly 70 percent of face-offs in conference player. He also was second on the team with 46 ground balls.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

ARTHUR ALL-ROOKIE pick

Former Watertown High standout Bri Arthur was selected to the America East all-rookie squad after a standout freshman season for Binghamton University.

Arthur played in all 16 games for the Bearcats this season and set a freshman record for goals scored with 34. She finished fifth in the conference with three game-winning goals and was first in America East with 14 free position goals.

Binghamton set a program record with seven victories this season, finishing 7-9 overall.

WRIGHT HONORED

Clarkson sophomore Christine Wright was named to the second team of the Liberty League women’s lacrosse all-star squad. Wright, a former Immaculate Heart player, averaged two goals a game and 3.6 points. Clarkson’s Paige Fayette, formerly of Indian River, was named to the honorable mention team.

SLU goalie Addie Cunningham made the Liberty League first team and Kiera Taussig and Tasha Cornell-Roberts were chosen for the second team.

BARNARD HONORABLE MENTION

Former Times All-North pick Logan Barnard was named an honorable mention selection on the Empire 8 Conference all-star squad.

Barnard, a senior and former Watertown High School player, finished 12th in the conference with 18 caused turnovers as one of St. John Fisher’s veteran defenders. Barnard was named to the Empire 8 all-tournament team and has started all of the Cardinals’ games for three years.

St. John Fisher, led by leading scorer and also a former Watertown High player, Taylor Hughes, takes on York College on Saturday in York, Pa., in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

PETIT EARNS SPOT

SUNY Potsdam’s Emily Petit was named to the all-SUNYAC second team after leading SUNY Potsdam with 48 ground balls and 25 forced turnovers.

SOFTBALL

FORMER COMETS PACE ‘JACKETS

The University of Rochester, coached by former Sandy Creek all-star Margaret Yerdon-Grange, will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III championships this weekend as the top seed in the region.

Rochester (26-11) plays its first game against Marywood on Friday afternoon. The Yellowjackets were required to win four straight games, including a pair of games against RPI, to clinch an automatic bid in the NCAAs.

Former Sandy Creek player Taylor Fravel plays for the Yellowjackets and was selected all-league first team by the Liberty League. Fravel, who plays second base, leads the league with a .476 batting average.

OTT EARNS AWARD

SUNY Potsdam’s Jordan Ott was named to the second team of the all-SUNYAC team. Ott hit .341 for the Bears. She’s also a member of the women’s hockey team and was on the all-ECAC West second team.

LIBERTY LEAGUE STARS

St. Lawrence University’s Nicole Matthews and Rebecca Allen were each chosen to the first team of the all-Liberty League squad.

SLU’s Kyle Plimpton and Aisha O’Connor, along with Clarkson’s Jamie Bridge made the second team and SLU’s Natasha Bell earned honorable mention honors.

TRACK AND FIELD

WHITE EARNS STATE TITLE

Amanda White ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay for Rochester Institute of Technology at the NYSCTC Championships last weekend at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

The Watertown High School graduate also placed second in the 800 and contributed to the sixth-place 1,600 relay.

RIT finished sixth out of 12 teams. Ithaca College won the meet, while St. Lawrence University was second.

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