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CU Duo Named Academic All-Americans

POTSDAM - For the fourth time in five years, the Clarkson University Women’s Soccer team had one of its members named as a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, and this year the Golden Knights saw two seniors earn the award as classmates Sarah Andres (Honeoye, NY) and Ellen Heenan (Bridgeport, NY) became the seventh and eighth members of the program to be chosen for Academic All-American honors.

Since 2008, Clarkson has had three other players earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, including Alix Petitti (2011), Megan Bicknell (2009), and Christie Knapp (2008). Click here for a complete list of Clarkson CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Andres, a four-year member of the Golden Knights’ women’s soccer program and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic member, has posted a 3.848 grade-point average with a major in biomolecular science through six semesters at Clarkson. On the field, she played in 57 games, including 41 starts, and had four goals and three assists in her career. She ranked second on the team in both goals (3) and points (7) as a junior last season.

Heenan, a three-year participant for Clarkson women’s soccer and two-time Liberty League All-Academic member, played in 45 games with 30 starts in her career with a pair of goals. Capping off her senior season, Heenan was chosen as a Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star prior to earning CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. She has a 3.968 GPA in Engineering & Management.

Over the past three decades, Clarkson University has produced an impressive 84 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, with 15 taking National CoSIDA Academic All-American awards on 24 occasions. Specifically, Clarkson Women’s Soccer has had eight student-athletes gain the award, with two winning twice.

@zAgateSubhead:Former Clarkson Lax Player Drafted

POTSDAM - It’s been more than four years since Steve Kennedy (Niskayuna, NY) pulled a Clarkson Men’s Lacrosse jersey over his shoulder pads to compete for the Golden Knights in intercollegiate competition, but the former midfielder and attackman has an opportunity to continue on with a professional career as he was recently drafted by the Boston Rockhoppers of the North American Lacrosse League.

The Rockhoppers, one of five teams in the North American Lacrosse League, a professional box lacrosse league, drafted Kennedy with the first pick of the fifth round, the 25th overall of 85 choices.

Though depicted as Boston, the team will play its games in Marlborough, MA, a large town due west of the city. The team will begin play on January 5th and its schedule consists of 12 games with the final contest taking place in mid-March.

Kennedy played four seasons for the Golden Knights from 2005 to 2008, tallying 55 career points on 20 goals and 35 assists. An attackman his first three years and a midfielder as a senior, his best scoring season came as a junior when he picked up five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, garnering Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star status in the process.

@zAgateSubhead:Maguire Brockport Athlete of the Week

BROCKPORT - Senior Kaila Maguire, of the women’s soccer team has been named The College at Brockport Female Athlete of the Week after being named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Tournament team.

Maguire, a former three-sport standout at Potsdam Central, and the Golden Eagles dropped a hard fought semifinal contest against the Cortland on Friday afternoon, losing 1-0 to the Red Dragons. Maguire was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Annie Terilli (Brockport, NY).

The Golden Eagles, the top-seeded team in the tournament, allowed a goal in the 48th minute to the Red Dragons that proved to be the game-winner. Cortland advanced to the championship where they defeated Oneonta for the SUNYAC title.

Maguire finished fourth on the team this year with 16 points while the senior’s eight assists ranked second in the SUNYAC, behind teammate Sarah Lawson (West Seneca, NY). Maguire’s 37 career points puts her in the top 25 in school history.

@zAgateSubhead:SUNY Potsdam Spikers Earn Tourney Bid

POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team has been selected as the fifth seed in the 2012 ECAC Upstate/Metro Championship.

The Bears will travel to Union, N.J. to face fourth-seeded Kean University (27-10) on Friday starting at 6 p.m.

The Bears are 23-16 this season, reaching the SUNYAC and ECAC Championship tournaments for the first time since 2008. Potsdam will be led by two-time first team All-SUNYAC setter Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and second team all-conference outside hitter Rachel Auerbach (Ashburn, Va.). Blujus, a junior, finished first on the team in assists (1,104), digs (463), and service aces (84). Her 84 aces were also tops in the SUNYAC. Auerbach, a freshman, led the team with 322 kills and finished second in both service aces (43) and assists (75). She tallied 202 digs and 36 blocks to add to her all around strong season.

The tournament’s semifinals and championship will be held on Saturday on the campus of the highest remaining seed.

Potsdam last met Kean on Oct. 1, 2011, downing the Cougars 3-1 in New Jersey.

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