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Clarkson men’s soccer team settles draw in season opener

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POTSDAM — James Cowie scored an unassisted goal in the 66th minute to help the Clarkson University men’s soccer team salvage a 1-1 tie with LaVerne University in a nonconference game Friday night.

LaVerne, a California school 35 miles east of Los Angeles, took a 1-0 lead just three minutes earlier off a goal from Ryan Estrada, with Michael Reed assisting. It was the season opener for both schools.

NAZARETH 4, SUNY CANTON 2: Luke Elston scored two goals 11 minutes apart late in the second half to lead Nazareth past the Kangaroos in a nonconference game in Rochester.

SUNY Canton had tied its season opener 2-2 after a goal from Abdulai Jagana in the 51st minute but Elston responded with goals in the 74th and 85th minute for Nazareth. James Wheeler scored the other two goals for Nazareth. Francesco Cardillo also scored for the Kangaroos.

VOLLEYBALL

CLARKSON 3, SPRINGFIELD 2: Victoria Kirkemo had 14 digs and 11 kills to help Clarkson open its season with a 20-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 25-11 win over the Pride on the opening day of the Springfield (Mass.) College Invitational.

Lani Durio had 51 assists for Clarkson and Erika Chin added 24 digs.

SUNY CANTON 3, GREEN MOUNTAIN 1: Mackenzie Mynter had 21 assists and six service aces as the Kangaroos defeated Green Mountain College 25-14, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16 in the season opener in Canton.

Jessica Reynolds had seven kills and Danielle Swanston added five kills for the Kangaroos.

SUNY POTSDAM GAINS SPLIT:The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team opened its season with a split on Day One of the Oneonta invitational. The Bears fell to Union College 3-1 in their season opener, but rebounded with a 3-0 sweep over SUNYIT.

Potsdam started quickly against the Dutchwomen, winning the first set

25-21 despite being down 9-2. However, Union rallied for three straight wins by 25-21, 25-19, and 25-18 scores. Junior outside hitter Dakota Pruiss (Wallkill, N.Y.) led the Bears with 10 kills.

“I was glad to see how we battled,” said Potsdam Head Coach Steve Pike.

“For the last three sets they out-executed us, kept us out of system, and did a better job of attacking than we did.”

The Bears steamrolled the Wildcats in their second match of the night cruising to 25-21, 25-21, and 25-14 victories. Statistics from the match were incomplete.

“Everyone got to play and contributed,” Pike said of the victory. “The offense ran through Rachel Auerbach (Ashburn, Va.), Sara Anderson (Lake George, N.Y.) and Kayla Howard (Marcellus,

N.Y.) and Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) played very well. Dakota Pruiss went on a serving run of six or seven aces and Jill Dye (Middletown, N.Y.) passed very well.

Potsdam (1-1) will face Houghton College tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.

followed by either a 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. to wrap up the tournament.

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