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SUNY Potsdam spring sports teams look to close on positive notes

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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam spring sports teams will look to close out their regular seasons on a positive note this weekend after struggling to generate wins over the past week.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Buffalo State pulled away from the SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team early to go onto a 16-4 SUNYAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Karen Shaddock scored eight goals and added an assist to lead the Bengals, while Mariah DeBolt chipped in three goals and a helper. Senior attack Maribeth Simons paced the Bears with two goals to move into fourth place on Potsdam’s all-time scoring list. Simmons struck at 24:42 to tie the game at 1-1, but Debolt gave Buffalo State the lead back just 34 seconds later and ignited a 13-0 run spanning the next 38 minutes. Shaddock scored seven of the 13 goals and five in a row late in the first half. Simmons ended the drought with a free position goal at 15:43 of the second half. Junior attack Whitney Boshart followed with a free position tally of her own at 12:37, and freshman midfielder Emily Petit connected at 9:09 to cap the Bears’ scoring. Shaddock and DeBolt added two more goals late as the Bengals went on to the 16-4 win. In goal, Potsdam senior captain Kaci Milligan allowed nine goals and stopped seven shots in the first 38:37.

Sophomore Jen Chimel made five saves and allowed seven goals in the final 21:23. Buffalo State’s Colleen George allowed all four goals and made three saves in 55:42 to earn the victory. Earlier in the week, Potsdam fell to Cortland 22-1.

MEN’S LACROSSE

The SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse fell in both games last week. In their first game, Plattsburgh State overcame a quick start by the SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team to hand the Bears a 14-9 defeat at Maxcy Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Junior attackman Joey Kramer had five goals and three assists to lead the Cardinals. Sophomore midfielder Jared Flath had two goals and five assists to pace Potsdam. The Bears raced out to a 3-0 lead over the first 2:56. Flath won the opening faceoff, sprinted down the field and scored eight seconds into the contest. Just 47 seconds later, Flath set up senior captain Ryan Paparella. Flath then assisted as senior attackman Pete Pike made it 3-0 at 12:04. After the goal, the Cardinals erased the lead with five straight to close the quarter, including two from sophomore attackman Tim Lawrence. Sophomore attackman Rob Kunz delayed Plattsburgh’s momentum with marker at 12:48 of the second quarter to cut the gap to 5-4. However, the Cardinals rattled off the next four to take control of the game. Plattsburgh got two from Kramer and two from Lawrence to make it 9-4 with 4:23 left in the half. Flath notched his third assist on a goal by junior midfielder Pat Morrill at 3:12 and the Bears trailed 9-5 at the break. The Cardinals dominated time of possession in the third quarter and outshot Potsdam 16-2, but only added one goal to their lead. Kramer scored an unassisted marker at 7:32 and Plattsburgh led

10-5 after 45 minutes. Kramer opened the final period with a man-up goal at the 12:32 mark for a six-goal Cardinal lead. Kunz answered with the help of Flath’s fourth assist at 11:11, but Plattsburgh junior attackman Tommy Kilderry scored a man-down goal two minutes later to restore the six-goal advantage. Flath scored a man-up goal at 8:36 and junior attackman Kyle Nicholas added an even strength tally at 5:42 to get Potsdam to within 12-8. Plattsburgh made a final charge two minutes later with another man-up goal from Kramer and a final score from junior attackman Brett McClelland. With three seconds on the clock, Flath set up Kunz to close the scoring at 14-9. In their final game of the week, the Bears were defeated by Geneseo 11-2.

SOFTBALL

Senior Katie Nawrot took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the second game against SUNY Canton as the Bears took both contests on Monday afternoon. Nawrot only allowed one hit and didn’t walk a batter while striking out nine. Emiley Walters broke up the no-hitter bid with a solid single down the left field line but Nawrot would only allow four baserunners in the complete game shutout. In the opener, Potsdam was staring at a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning but the team batted around and put six runs on the scoreboard to take control. Freshman Megan Jubert led off the inning with a line drive double down the left field line and advanced to third base on freshman Sami Brown’s single. The Bears would get RBI’s from Heather Johnson, Ashley Thayer, Jenny Jones and Carissa Cornwell. Canton would answer with three runs in the top of the sixth as they capitalized on two Potsdam errors in the inning and cut the lead to 7-6. Thayer, who was the victim of some poor defense behind her, put the tying runner on second base in the top of the seventh but enticed a pop out to end the game. She finished the game allowing only one earned run and struck out eight while improving to 7-9 on the season. The Bears had 13 hits on the game and five Bears had at least two hits. Jones went

3-for-3 on the game with two runs scored. In the second game, Nawrot dominated the Kangaroos hitters. Nawrot, pitching in only her fourth game of the season, retired the first 17 batters in a row before consecutive runners reached base in the top of the sixth on errors. She would reach back and strike out the last batter in the inning to end the threat.

Potsdam got on the board with one run in the first and second inning.

Brown led off the top of the first with a bunt single and scored on Thayer’s RBI groundout. Cornwell scored in the second on a wild pitch, which would be plenty of run support for Nawrot. Nawrot struck out at least one batter in each inning and ended the game with nine k’s including two looking. Potsdam would travel to Cortland and Oswego St. over the weekend and dropped all four contests.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Sophomore Jared Flath is the Bears Male Performer of the Week. Flath had two goals and dished out five assists in a loss against Plattsburgh St.

giving him a hand in seven of Potsdam’s nine goals in the game and is now second on the team in points with 30.

Senior Katie Nawrot is the Bears Female Performer of the Week. In her fourth apperance on the mound of the season, Nawrot took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against SUNY Canton. Nawrot was perfect for 5 2/3 innings and finished the game with only one hit and struck out nine batters in the complete game shutout.

WEEKLY PREVIEW

The men’s lacrosse team (5-7, 1-4 SUNYAC) wraps up their regular season by hosting Cortland on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The women’s lacrosse team (4-10, 1-6 SUNYAC) concludes their regular season with a road game at New Paltz on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and a home game against Utica at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

The softball team (11-21, 2-14 SUNYAC) closes out the regular season with three doubleheaders on the road. The Bears take on St. Lawrence on Tuesday at 3 p.m., SUNY Canton on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Plattsburgh on Saturday at noon.

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