POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam cross country, volleyball, swimming & diving, and ice hockey teams competed this past week.
The Potsdam cross country teams traveled to the NCAA Regional event to conclude the 2012 season. Senior Hollie Heimer (Chesapeake, Va) had the strongest Potsdam performance of the day, running a 6k time of 24:03.7. Freshman Olivia Rehm (Grahamsville, N.Y.) (26:48), sophomore Hannah Groshner (Wayland, N.Y.) (26:59.2) and freshman Sarah Howe (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) (29:31.8) were the next three Bears to cross the finish line. Sophomore Rebecca Dukett (Tupper Lake, N.Y.), junior Sarah Behuniak (Latham, N.Y.) and sophomore Stephanie Hall (Carthage, N.Y.) rounded out Potsdams seven with times of 32:36.2, 32:37.6 and 35:00.7, respectively. Sophomore Joseph Rafter (Fort Covington, N.Y.) (30:35.2), junior Delijah Demand (Troy, N.Y.) (31:03.3) and junior John Stone (Norwood, N.Y.) (32:10.2) led the Bears men. Freshman Zach Fanion (Cooperstown, N.Y.) and sophomore Jonathan Doane (Camden, N.Y. ) were next with 8k times of 33:28.2 and 33:54.2. Sophomore Brett Wunsch (Colonie, N.Y.) ran a time of 35:41.3 and sophomore Adam Lang (Arkport, N.Y.) finished the day for Potsdam in 35:51.6.
The Potsdam Volleyball team competed in the ECAC Tournament over the weekend. The Bears traveled to New Jersey to take on Kean University in a first round matchup. Potsdam fell in three sets to the Cougars, capping off a solid season. The Bears compiled a 23-17 record and qualified for the SUNYAC tournament. The squad was led by two All-SUNYAC selections this year. Junior setter Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) earned first team honors and freshman Rachel Auerbach (Ashburn, Va.) claimed a spot on the second team. Blujus finished her junior year with 1,130 assists, 473 digs, 84 aces, and 134 kills. Auerbach completed her freshman campaign with 329 kills, 210 digs, 78 assists, and 43 aces.
The mens hockey team hosted Western New York foes Fredonia and Buffalo State this past weekend. The Bears opened the tough slate with a 3-1 loss to the Blue Devils Friday evening. Potsdam bounced back on Saturday with an exciting 5-4 victory over Buffalo State. The Bears trailed 3-1 in the third period before opening up the attack. Potsdam scored four goals amidst several penalties to secure the comeback win. Assistant captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta) recorded a hat trick and junior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) added a goal and three assists to lead the team on the night.
The womens hockey team split over the weekend with ECAC West opponent, Oswego. The Bears fell 4-0 in their game on Friday before rebounding to win 2-0 on Saturday. Potsdam earned it first victory over Oswego at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Junior forward Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario) led the Bears on the offensive end, recording both goals in the win. Junior goaltender Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario) stopped all 19 shots to record her second career shutout.
The Potsdam swimming and diving teams split their first road contest of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Potsdam mens team was led by senior Alexander Taylor (Port Ewen, N.Y.) and junior Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y.), as each recorded three individuals victories.
Taylor posted wins in the 1,000 free (10:55.09), 500 free (4:58.94) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.45). Zimmerman added wins in the 200 free (1:51.42), 200 breaststroke (2:19.62), and the difficult 400 IM (4:28.59).
Freshman Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y.) added two first place finishes in the 50 free (22.75) and 100 free (49.91). Sophomore Dan Costa (Spencerport, N.Y.) rounded out the top Potsdam swimmers with a sweep of the 100 back (57.45) and 200 back (2:08.24).
Three women posted top times for the Bears. Sophomore Emily Kanoza (Syracuse, N.Y.) closed out the 500 free with a time of 5:47.06. Senior Paige Montroy (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) finished the 100 butterfly in 1:17.76. Sophomore Victoria Blakeslee (Gloversville, N.Y.) touched the wall with a time of
5:13.55 in the 400 IM. Kanoza and Blakeslee were joined by teammates Jackie Cunningham (Voorheesville, N.Y.) and Ghena Binzer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) to post a time of 1:50.46 in the 200 free relay.
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Junior Mike Arnold is the Bears male performer of the week. Arnold recorded a hat trick and an assist (3-1-4), totaling four points on the day. He netted two goals in the third period to lift the Bears to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo State Bengals.
Junior Dawna Salvarinas is the Bears female performer of the week.
Salvarinas received her second career shutout while turning away 19 shots in the 2-0 win on Saturday. Her play in goal led to the Bears first win over Oswego at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
The mens basketball team opens the regular season on Friday against Ithaca College at 8 p.m. in the first round of the North Country Invitational at Clarkson University.
The womens basketball team begins their regular season on Thursday versus Utica College at 6 p.m. in Welsh Gymnasium.
The womens hockey is back in action next weekend as the head to Elmira for a Friday-Saturday series with the ECAC West rival Soaring Eagles.
The mens hockey team hits the road for the first time this season with games at Brockport and Geneseo next weekend. The Bears face the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Ice Knights at the same time on Saturday.
The swimming and diving teams return to Maxcy Hall Pool as they host the North Country Invitational this weekend. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The equestrian team travels to North Country rival St. Lawrence University on Friday.