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POTSDAM - Two student-athletes from Clarkson University and another from SUNY Potsdam earned league honors for their efforts over the past week.

PARISI NETS SOCCER HONOR

Through the first six games of the season Marco Parisi (Guilford, CT) of the Clarkson men’s soccer team was kept off the scoresheet, but he broke through nine days ago with his first goal and then added five more tallies this weekend en route to becoming the Liberty League’s Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Parisi scored his first goal of the season in a 4-1 loss to Hobart College on September 22nd, but added three goals against Bard College on Friday and then two more versus Vassar on Saturday to push his mark to a team-best six goals in 2012.

With his recent offensive onslaught, Parisi now ranks fourth in the Liberty League in goals (6) and fifth in points (12) through nine games. In conference games, Parisi easily leads the league with his six markers, three better than any other player in the conference, and also paces the group in points with 12, which is four better than any other player.

Clarkson takes to the road to face Utica College on Tuesday and returns to league action on Saturday when it hosts RIT.

KIRKEMO REPEATS VOLLEYBALL HONOR

October dawned on Monday but it still had a September feel for Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) of the Clarkson volleyball team as she won the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for the third time in a row.

Kirkemo helped lead Clarkson to a 4-1 week, including a win over ninth-ranked Cortland State. Kirkemo had 16 kills, 15 digs, 3 blocks, and 2 aces in that match, which ended the Red Dragons 58-match winning streak against New York teams, a stretch that lasted nearly two years.

Overall, Kirkemo had 64 kills (3.56 per set), 54 digs (3.0 per set), 9 aces (0.50 per set) and 6 blocks (0.33 per set) over the course of five matches. The freshman outside hitter currently ranks fifth in kills per set (3.12) in the Liberty League, but paces the conference in total kills (231). She also leads in total aces (41), aces per set (0.55) and ranks 11th in the Liberty League in digs (2.59 per set).

Clarkson is currently 17-4 overall and 7-1 in conference matches. The Golden Knights are off this weekend and will be back in action on October 12th against Elmira College.

POTSDAM GLACKIN CITED

SUNY Potsdam senior goalkeeper Joseph Glackin (Latham, N.Y.) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Glackin’s play helped the Bears to two league ties over the weekend.

On Friday, Glackin made a season-high nine saves for Potsdam in a come-from-behind 1-1 tie at Oswego, helping the Bears end a five-game skid. On Saturday, the goalie topped his performance with another 11 saves in a 1-1 draw at Cortland. Glackin finished the weekend with a 0.82 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage in 220 minutes.

In seven games this season, Glackin has made six starts totaling 649:27 minutes. The senior has a 1.39 goals-against-average and an .811 save percentage. Glackin was a second team all-conference selection in 2011 and is already the Bears’ all-time wins and shutouts leader.

Potsdam (2-6-2, 0-1-2 SUNYAC) returns home this weekend to host Oneonta and New Paltz. The Bears face the Red Dragons at 4 p.m. on Friday and the Hawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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