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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam men’s and women’s basketball and hockey teams all had busy weekends.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The women’s basketball team was on the road last weekend as they traveled to Brockport and SUNY Geneseo. On Friday, the Bears fell to the Golden Eagles, 68-59. Potsdam was able to tie the game at 56 all late in the second half. However, a 10-0 run by Brockport in the remaining minutes of the game sealed the win. Senior guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y.) finished with 21 points, seven steals, and five assists. On Saturday, SUNY Geneseo defeated Potsdam, 73-39. The Bears struggled to find a rhythm offensively as the Knights cruised to a victory. Sophomore guard Carli Reynolds (Indian Lake, N.Y.) led the Bears in scoring with 10 points.

MENS BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team, also, traveled to Brockport and SUNY Geneseo this past weekend. The Bears held the advantage over the Golden Eagles going into halftime 34-33. A late 11-0 surge by Brockport put the game out of reach for Potsdam and sealed the 83-71 victory. Senior forward Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Geneseo used a red-hot shooting performance to down the Bears 78-58 the next day.

The Knights shot 60% from the floor and 72% from the three-point line in the first half to pull away from Potsdam. Pierce led the Bears with 15 points and six rebounds in the contest.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The men’s hockey team traveled to Massachusetts to take on Western New England and Becker College over the weekend. On Friday, Junior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) scored with 31 seconds left in overtime to give the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team a 4-3 victory over Western New England. The Bears claimed an early 3-1 lead in the first period before giving up two more goals in the second to notch the game at 3 all. Neither team scored and the game was headed into overtime. With less than a minute left in the extra five minutes, senior captain Matt Viola (Toronto, Ontario) forced a neutral zone turnover and fed Place. Place carried the puck into the zone and roofed it over Carr for the game-winner. Junior forward Zach Blake (Campbellford, Ontario), junior assistant captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta), and freshman forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) each notched a goal in the win. On Saturday, Potsdam’s rally fell just short as they dropped a tough game to Becker College, 4-3. With 2:35 remaining in the third period, the Bears went on a five-on-three power play, but were unable to gain the equalizer. Arnold, sophomore defenseman Erick Ware (Huntsville, Ala.) and senior captain Brett Waters (Uxbridge, Ontario) each scored for the Bears.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The women’s hockey team finished this past week 1-1-1. Potsdam downed Castleton State 4-1 on Tuesday evening. Junior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) notched two goals in the win.

Sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman forward Sarah Nelson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) each recorded a goal. The Bears traveled to Utica on Saturday before returning to Cheel Arena for a home contest against the Pioneers on Sunday. Potsdam received 41 saves from senior goalie Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y.) and a goal from junior forward Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) to earn a 1-1 tie with Utica College on the road. On Sunday, the Pioneers blanked the Bears, 2-0. Junior goalie Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario) was strong in the net for the Bears, finishing with 35 saves.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Junior assistant captain Mike Arnold is the Bears’ male performer of the week. Arnold notched a goal in both road contests. The junior helped the Bears to an overtime win over Western New England. He put the Bears on the board first in the loss to Becker.

Senior goalie Jen Conophy is the Bears’ female performer of the week.

Conophy had an outstanding performance in a 1-1 tie with Utica on the road. The senior made 41 saves to secure the draw.

UPCOMING GAMES

The men’s basketball team is back in action this evening when they return home to take on Utica College at 7 p.m.

The women’s basketball team returns to Jerry Welsh Gymnasium this evening when they face Hamilton College at 5 p.m.

The men’s hockey team is back in action on Friday when the Bears travel to Morrisville to battle the Mustangs at 7 p.m.

The women’s hockey is now off until they host Neumann College for two games on Jan. 26-27, at Cheel Arena.

The swimming and diving teams are back in the pool on Saturday against St. Lawrence University.

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