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SUNY Potsdam women reclaim Jones Cup in penalty kicks over Canton

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CANTON - The SUNY Potsdam women’s soccer team (2-11-1) battled to a scoreless tie at SUNY Canton (6-7-1), but held on to the Boyd Jones Cup in with a 5-4 win in penalty kicks.

The Bears are now 2-0-1 against the Kangaroos in Jones Cup matchups. Canton goalie Laura Pratt finished with 16 saves, while Potsdam freshman Shannon Weader made 11 stops. Senior forward Heather Johnson scored the clinching penalty kick goal.

Potsdam outshot the Kangaroos 10-5 in the first half. The Bears put six of those shots on goal, but Pratt handled all of them in the opening period. Despite the deficit in shots, the Roos put all but one of their attempts on Weader, but the freshman kept the contest scoreless.

Canton closed the gap slightly in the second half, but neither team was able to break through. Potsdam compiled an 8-6 shot advantage. Both goalies matched their first half totals in saves.

In the first overtime, the Kangaroos outshot the Bears 3-1. Weader made two more saves and Pratt stopped another shot. Potsdam put good pressure on Canton in the second overtime, forcing Pratt to come up with three more stops, but had to settle for the scoreless draw. The Bears scored on all five penalty kick attempts they took to edge out the Roos on Johnson’s goal for the cup.

Potsdam returns to action this weekend as the Bears host Buffalo State at 4 p.m. on Friday and Fredonia State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

CANTON VOLLEYBALL PREVAILS

The SUNY Canton women’s volleyball team stayed unbeaten at home with a 3-1 win over Plattsburgh State Tuesday night.

The Roos won their ninth straight match and improved to 16-2 overall and moved to 10-0 on their home court. SUNY Canton won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-23, lost the third set 25-22 and then won the match with a 25-21 win in the fourth set.

Freshman Morgan Bills (Walworth, N.Y.) and senior Danielle Swanston (Burke, N.Y.) pounded down 12 kills apiece to lead the Roos. Swanston also had 10 digs and Bills had three aces.

Sophomore Mackenzie Mynter (Churchville, N.Y.) passed out 38 assists and made 11 digs and eight kills. Freshman Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario) made 21 digs. Sophomore Jessica Reynolds (Oakville, Ontario) added 13 digs and eight kills and sophomore Caitlin Grimshaw (Adams, N.Y.) contributed seven kills.

CANTON GOLFERS TIE FOR EIGHTH

At State College, Pa., the SUNY Canton men’s golf team finished in a tie for eighth place at the 2012 USCAA national championship at the Penn State Blue Course.

The Roos finished the two-day event with a total score of 678 after shooting a 335 in the opening round and 343 on day two and tied Penn College. Daemen held onto their lead from day one and won the championship with a score of 605.

Junior David Parker (Canton, N.Y.) shot an 82 for the second straight day for total score of 164 to tie for 25th place out of 108 golfers. Junior Mike Reilly (Colton, N.Y.) fired an 87 in the second round and finished in a tie for 33rd place (166). Senior Jeremiah Hardin (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshmen Brandon Pupp (Oneida, N.Y.) and Joey Holmes (New Hartford, N.Y.) rounded out the Roos scoring as each shot an 87 on Tuesday.

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