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POTSDAM - It was another full schedule this week for the SUNY Potsdam lacrosse and softball teams.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

The SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team got four goals each from senior attack Maribeth Simmons and freshman Margaret Wall to earn a 12-11 SUNYAC victory over visiting Oswego State on a rainy afternoon. Wall put the Bears up 1-0 just 58 seconds into the contest. Oswego erased the lead with three straight goals from three different Lakers to make it a 3-1 contest at 22:05. Potsdam countered with two from Simmons sandwiched around one from Wall to regain a one-goal advantage at 14:05. Two minutes later Cummings set up senior attack Rachael Raffa and followed with her first of the contest to give Oswego a 5-4 lead. After back and forth scoring over the next nine minutes, Cummings notched her second of the contest to give the Lakers a 7-6 advantage, their last of the contest. Wall gave Potsdam the lead again at 1:05 of the first half with two goals in 38 seconds. The Bears took the 8-7 advantage into the break. Senior captain Whitney Boshart made it 9-7 44 seconds into the second half and Oswego played catch up the rest of the contest. Kumza scored at 28:32, but senior captain Aubrey Macintosh made it 10-8 five minutes later. Cummings buried her third at 17:07 and Kumza followed with a free position goal at 15:22 to tie the score at 10-10. Simmons notched her fourth at 11:16 and senior attack Sierra Langkammerer scored the eventual game-winner at 9:27. With 4:31 left, Laker sophomore midfielder Candace Tarana again pulled Oswego to within one. After a Potsdam turnover with under a minute to go, Laker sophomore midfielder Kaila Curatalo sprinted down the field for one last chance. However, Bears junior defender Brittany Coffey knocked the ball from her stick, Potsdam recovered and ran out the clock. On Saturday, the Bears came up short at home against Fredonia 19-10.

MEN’S LACROSSE

The SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team had a rough week, losing games at Oswego 8-6 on Wednesday and 14-11 at home against Oneonta. Against the Red Dragons, Oneonta State scored the final seven goals of the game to rally the Bears. Sophomore attackman Daniel Stern had a six points (4g, 2a) to lead the Red Dragons and Bears sophomore attackman Rob Kunz matched him with three goals and three assists. Kunz played a part in four of Potsdam’s first five goals. He set up freshman attackman John Hawk for a man-up goal at 9:39. Sophomore attackman Kevin Logan made it 2-0 two minutes later. Kunz scored the next two himself at 6:01 and 5:08 to make it 4-0 Bears. Stern answered with two of his own over the next four minutes to cut the lead in half, the second coming with just 17 seconds on the clock. The Red Dragons trailed just 5-3 after the first 15 minutes.

Just 22 seconds into the second quarter, Oneonta midfielder Tyler Jennings closed the gap to 5-4. However, Potsdam regained its four-goal advantage with markers from junior midfielder Pat Morrill, sophomore midfielder Jared Flath and Kunz over the next eight minutes. Red Dragon junior midfielder Alex Haffner and Stern netted the final two goals of the half and Oneonta trailed just 8-6 at the break. The Bears started strong in the third quarter, scoring three of the first four goals. Senior attack Peter Pike struck twice and Nicholas netted the third to give Potsdam an 11-7 advantage at 5:34. It was all Red Dragons after that. Oneonta scored the final four goals of the third period, including the tying goal from sophomore Joey Finnegan midfielder with just eight seconds left. Stern scored the eventual game winner 36 seconds into the final quarter.

SOFTBALL

The SUNY Potsdam softball team (11-17, 2-8 SUNYAC) took game one of their doubleheader against SUNY Brockport 5-1 but couldn’t figure out the Golden Eagles starter in the second game. In the opener, Brittany Pawlowski threw a complete game and allowed only five hits while hitting a pivotal double that scored two insurance runs in the fifth inning. The Golden Eagles (18-8, 3-5) only tally of the game came in the top of the first inning on an unearned run. The Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning after Potsdam’s first two runners reached base. Sophomore Ashley Thayer hit a fly ball to left field that hit off the glove of Brockport’s outfielder and dropped, scoring both runners. Potsdam would score a single run in the third inning on another Brockport error and added the double scoring two from Pawlowski to pull away 5-1. Freshman Sami Brown went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to lead the Bears offense. In the second game, Potsdam was overmatched by pitcher Erin Fleming who improved to 6-1 on the season. Fleming tossed a complete game shutout and allowed only four hits while striking out three. Brockport scored runs in the first and second innings and broke the game open with a three run fourth. They would add two more later and take the game 7-0. Emily Dumas hit a double and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI’s while Melissa Martin chipped in three hits. Thayer took the loss on the mound and fell to 6-8 on the season. Fredonia swept the Bears on the following afternoon.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Rob Kunz is the Bears Male Performer of the Week. Kunz scored three goals and added three assists in Potsdam’s loss to Oneonta and then added two points (1 g, 1 a) against Oswego.

Senior attackman Maribeth Simmons is the Bears Female Performer of the Week. Simmons three goals against Fredonia made her just the fifth Bear to reach 100 points (78 g, 22 a) in her career and followed that with a four goal game against Oswego St.

WEEKLY PREVIEW

The men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) hosts Plattsburgh on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then go to Geneseo on 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The women’s lacrosse team (4-8, 1-4 SUNYAC) travels to Cortland for a 4 p.m. game on Tuesday afternoon and then head to Buffalo St. on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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