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Hafer, Herons Claim State Rowing Title



GENEVA - Potsdam’s Liz Hafer and her William Smith College rowing teammates were honored by the Liberty League for capturing the New York State Championship.

The Herons’ varsity eight was named Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week for the second straight week and the ninth time this season.

Ranked third in the nation, William Smith won the gold medal in the grand final at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Association Championships against a field that included Division I Marist and three nationally ranked Division III crews. The Herons enjoyed a 4.45-second victory in Saturday’s heats and stretched their margin to 5.84 (over the runner up Red Foxes) in the grand final, which also included 12th-ranked St. Lawrence, No. 13 Hamilton and No. 15 Ithaca.

The other members of the Herons’ varsity eight are junior Kim Goral (Potomac, Md.), sophomore Sinead Reilly (Pleasantville), sophomore Lauren Blake-Whitney (Lake Forest Park, Wash.), junior Sarah Gordon (Wayland, Mass.), sophomore Katie Paige (Brunswick, Maine), senior Tess Wiggins (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), sophomore Alyssa Trebilcock (Cleveland, Ohio) and junior Jess Steketee (Orford, N.H.) captured William Smith’s first state title in the varsity eight since 2007 and helped Hobart and William Smith to its first ever overall points championship.

The Herons return to the water on Friday when they compete in the 20th annual ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass. The women’s varsity eight field will include the top six teams in the latest CRCA/USRowing coaches poll and 12 of the top 15.



Fayerman Earns All-American Recognition



POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey player Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) has been named a first team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review.

The freshman was one of six players from all NCAA divisions to be selected as announced in May/June 2012 edition of the publication.

In her first season with the Bears, Fayerman was the team’s fifth leading scorer with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points. Three of her tallies came on the man-advantage and she recorded the game-winner in Potsdam’s victory over Chatham on Feb. 10. Fayerman’s 21 points were the seventh most in the ECAC West and 18th most in the nation by a rookie this season.

The forward’s performance earned her the team’s Rookie of the Year award.

2011-12 was a record-breaking season for the Bears (12-10-3, 7-8-3 ECAC West). They finished with a school record 12 wins and seven conference victories after surging to a 10-4-2 mark over their last 16 games. Potsdam reached the playoffs for the second time in program history and recorded a stunning 2-1 quarterfinal upset over No. 7 Elmira. The Bears then stayed even with RIT, the eventual national champion, for two periods before succumbing to the Tigers in the third period of the ECAC West Semifinals.



Michelle Varney Named to All Region Team



HERKIMER - Michelle Varney a Herkimer County Community College women’s lacrosse player from Canton was named to the 2012 Region III Second Team All Region.

Herkimer’s season ended in the Region III semi-finals Saturday with a 24-14 loss to the Onondaga Lazers bringing the Generals’ season record to 8-7.

Herkimer County Community College is a unit of the State University of New York, located in Herkimer, NY about 20 miles east of Utica, NY. With an enrollment of approximately 3,600 students, Herkimer offers more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs, on-campus housing, an active co-curricular activities schedule and a national championship athletic program. Herkimer is a Division III member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and has amassed 33 national, 85 regional and 126 conference championships. Herkimer placed second in the 2010-11 National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup competition.



SUNY Potsdam’s Coffey All-SUNYAC



POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam junior Brittany Coffey (Canton, N.Y.) has been named to the All-SUNYAC second team for women’s lacrosse.

This season, Coffey played in all 15 of the Bears’ contests with 14 starts. The defender was third on the team in caused turnovers with 14 and fifth in ground balls with 20. She caused a season-high three turnovers against Morrisville on March 25, and at second ranked Cortland on April 17. In her three seasons, Coffey has started 37 of the 41 games she’s played in, providing a consistent defensive presence. She has collected 33 ground balls, nine draw controls and forced 24 turnovers in her career.

Potsdam (5-11) finished the season on April 29, with a dramatic 8-7 come-from-behind overtime victory against Utica.

Cortland’s Lindsay Abbott has been selected as the conference’s Player of the Year. Fredonia’s Katie Kleine is the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and the Blue Devil’s Chris Case is the Coach of the Year.



Kaila Maguire Named All-Tournament



BROCKPORT - SUNY Brockport junior Kaila Maguire and freshman teammate Colleen Hathaway (Watertown) have been named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Tournament team.

A former Potsdam Central standout, Maguire finished with two goals and a team-high two draw controls. Hathaway picked up two ground balls and caused a team-high four turnovers against Cortland.

Brockport fell to the No. 11 nationally ranked Cortland Red Dragons 11-9 after leading 6-4 at halftime. Cortland went on to win the SUNYAC Championship over Buffalo State. Brockport finishes the season with a 10-5 overall record.

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