POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam womens basketball and mens hockey teams each competed over the break.
The womens basketball team hosted the Skidmore Thoroughbreds on Monday, Nov. 19 and then traveled to Morrisville State on Sunday, Nov. 25.
On Monday, the Bears fell in a heartbreaking defeat, 56-54. The game was closely contest during the first half as the Thoroughbreds took the 29-23 advantage going into halftime. With 5:37 left in the contest, sophomore guard Colleen McNamara (Guelph, Ontario) hit a three to start a 10-0 Bears run. Sophomore forward Bailey Weigel (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored six of those points including a layup that gave the Bears a 52-50 lead. After two free throws from senior forward Logan Frederick, Weigel put Potsdam back in front, 54-52, with 52 seconds on the clock. Sophomore forward Angela Botiba knotted the score at
54 with a layup 19 seconds later. After a Potsdam missed jumper with six seconds to go, Skidmore rebounded the ball and fired it down the court.
Two players went up for the ball and the Bears were called for a foul with one second left. Freshman guard Ella Scheuerell hit both free throws to seal the 56-54 Skidmore victory. On Sunday, Potsdam showed no signs of the Thanksgiving lag as they stormed out to a commanding 31-20 lead at the half. The Bears continued to put pressure on the Mustangs in the second half, causing 29 turnovers. Potsdam would close out a dominating performance 61-34 to earn their first win of the season.
The mens hockey team fell 3-1 to the #6 ranked Hobart Statesmen Sunday evening at the Massena Arena. Hobart notched the first goal of the night at the 9:25 mark of the opening period. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Michel wristed a shot from the point that floated past screened Potsdam junior goalie Shane Talarico (Greensburg, Pa.) and into the upper right corner of the net. Hannah and senior forward Frank Salituro recorded the assists. The Bears answered less than four minutes later as freshman forward Matt Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska) picked up a loose puck in front of Hobarts net and roofed it over Ausserhofer. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y. ) assisted on the goal. The Statesmen found their groove in the second period of action, tallying two goals to put Hobart up 3-1 over the Bears. The third period was similar to the second as the Statesmen continued their barrage of shots on Talarico. The junior goalie turned away each shot to give Potsdam a chance but the Bears could not find the net in the closing minutes.
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Freshman Matt Thompson is the Bears male performer of the week. Thompson was the Bears lone scorer this past week. His goal in the first period kept Potsdam alive versus the #6 ranked Hobart Statesmen on Sunday.
Sophomore Bailey Weigel is the Bears female performer of the week. Weigel recorded her first double-double as a Bear with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a heartbreaking loss to Skidmore on Monday. She then contributed a solid overall performance on Sunday to give Potsdam their first win of the season at Morrisville.
The mens basketball team returns to action tonight for their home opener versus North Country rival Clarkson University. Tip off is set for 8 p.m., following the womens game between the two schools which is slated to start at 6 p.m.
The womens hockey teamis back in action on Saturday when the Bears host Cortland in their home opener at Clarkson Universitys Cheel Arena. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The mens hockey team is back in action next weekend as they head to Central New York to face top-ranked Oswego at 7 p.m. on Friday and Cortland at the same time on Saturday.
The swimming and diving teams are back in the pool this Friday -Sunday, when they travel to Fredonia for the Fredonia Invitational.