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POTSDAM - The Potsdam cross country, volleyball, and soccer teams were in action this past week.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Potsdam men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Cross Country Only Championships hosted by Hobart and William and Smith College.

The women finished 11th, while the men were 13th. Freshman Olivia Rehm (Grahamsville, N.Y.) led the Bears on the day, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:18.89. Freshman Sarah Howe (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) followed shortly with a time of 23:12.05. Freshman Margaret McGrath (East Islip, N.Y.) crossed the line at the 23:51.91 mark. Sophomore Rebbeca Dukett (Tupper Lake, N.Y.) posted a time of 25:07.22 and junior Sara Behuniak (Latham, N.Y.) finished in 26:11.10 to round out the top five runners. Junior James Dalijah Demand (Troy, N.Y.) paced the Potsdam men with an 8k time of 31:00.36. Sophomores Joseph Rafter (Fort Covington, N.Y.) and Jone Stone (Norwood, N.Y.) crossed the line in 31:23.88 and 31:34.77. Junior James Burton (Pittsford, N.Y.) posted a time of 33:27.3. Sophomore Jonathan Doane (Camden, N.Y.) rounded out the top five finishers with a time of 33:31.73.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Potsdam Volleyball team traveled to Ithaca this past weekend for the Ithaca College Tournament. The Bears compiled a 3-1 record and defeated the Ithaca Bombers for the first time in Head Coach Steve Pike’s tenure. On Friday, Potsdam fell to Fredonia in three sets before rebounding to defeat the Sage College, 3-0. The Bears continued to roll on Saturday, dropping the Bombers in four games and halting the Wells College Express in three straight sets. Freshman outside hitter Rachel Auerbach (Ashburn, Va) tallied a career high 19 kills, 10 assists, and 11 digs against Ithaca. Auerbach received All-Tournament honors for her performance over the weekend.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The women’s soccer team faced off with Buffalo State and Fredonia this past weekend. The Bears fell 4-1 to the Bengals on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Seniors Stephanie Cox (Parishville, N.Y.), Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.), and Lisa Bates (Galway, N.Y.) were recognized for their contributions to the program. Potsdam had a hard fought battle on Senior Day. Potsdam generated pressure early on the Fredonia defense. However, the Blue Devils were able to hold off the Bears to win 2-0.

MEN’S SOCCER

The men’s soccer team finished 1-0-1 over the weekend. The Bears started the weekend with a 4-3 win against Buffalo State. Sophomore forward Eduardo Figueroa (Rochester, N.Y. ) recorded a hat trick and freshman forward Ben Firlit (South Glens Falls, N.Y. ) added a goal to give the Bears the decision. Figueroa’s hat trick moved him into second place on the all-time points and goals lists.

Potsdam then traveled to Fredonia State where they tied the Blue Devils

2-2 in the contest. Figueroa and junior midfielder Alessio Vitale (Liverpool, N.Y.) each notched a goal for the Bears.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Sophomore Eduardo Figueroa is the Bears’ male performer of the week.

Figueroa totaled four goals on the weekend. He added a season-high hat trick against Buffalo State. His performance has now moved him into sole procession of second place on the all-time points and goals lists as a sophomore.

Freshman Rachel Auerbach earns her second Bears’ female performer of the week honor. Auerbach had a career-high performance and a triple double versus Ithaca with 19 kills, 10 assists, and 11 digs. She led the Bears to a 3-1 record for the weekend and earned All-Tournament team honors.

UPCOMING GAMES

The Cross Country teams return to the course next Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. for the SUNYAC Championships hosted by Fredonia.

The volleyball team returns to action Friday, Oct. 19th versus Cortland for SUNYAC East Pool play hosted by SUNY New Paltz. First serve is set for 5 p.m.

The men’s soccer team wraps up the regular season at home next weekend.

Potsdam hosts Brockport at 3 p.m. on Friday and Geneseo at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The women’s soccer team closes out the 2012 season on the road next weekend as they take on Brockport at 3 p.m. on Friday and Geneseo at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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