POTSDAM - A win by the womens hockey team in the first game staged at the newly-renovated Maxcy Hall Arena highlighted the start of the 2013-14 for the SUNY Potsdam winter sports teams.
The SUNY Potsdam womens ice hockey team opened the new Maxcy Ice Arena with a 4-3 victory against Saint Michaels College on Saturday afternoon.
Senior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) recorded three assists to lead the Bears. Goals were scored by freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.), junior captain Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta), senior assistant captain Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario).
Sophomore forward Sally Mooney (New Albany, Ohio) had what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Freshman goalie Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y.) had 20 saves in the first 31:15.
Fifth-ranked Plattsburgh State (1-0, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored two second period goals en route to a 3-0 victory over the SUNY Potsdam mens hockey team (0-1, 0-1) on Friday night.
Sophomore goalie Jon Hall (Dexter, N.Y.) finished with a career-high 48 saves.
On Saturday, the University of New England (1-0-1) scored five unanswered goals to pull away from the Potsdam (0-2) for a 6-3 win in front of a sell out crowd in Maxcy Hall on Saturday night.
Senior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) led the Bears with a goal and an assist, while junior assistant captain Zeth Zielinski (Woonsocket, R.I.) paced the Noreasters with two goals and an assist.
Junior defenseman Dan McCamey (Dayton, Ohio) picked up a puck that Noreaster junior goaltender Colby Drost (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) misplayed behind the net and wrapped it around for a shorthanded goal.
Sophomore forward Todd Thomas (Dansville, Pa.) scored on assists from Ware and Place.
The swimming and diving teams opened their season by splitting a pair at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Saturday with the men gutting out a 147-144 victory while the women fell 163-112.
Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y.), Jeremy Rose (New Hartford, N.Y.), Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Dan Costa (Spencerport, N.Y.) teamed to win the mens 400-yard medley relay (3:50.44) by better than a 10-second margin.
Zimmerman, a senior, kept it going in individual races by taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.25), the 100-yard freestyle (50.34), the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.72) and 200-yard individual medley (2:07.71).
Zapisek built upon his strong freshman performance from a season ago by easily winning the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.43) and the 100-yard butterfly (57.45).
Costa, a junior, took home the 100-yard backstroke in 57.01 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:07.23.
Newcomer Richie Blackburn had a winning debut in the 50-yard freestyle (23.14) while Rose notched a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.75).
The womens team had their share of moments as well with senior Ghena Binzer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) taking first place in both the 100 breaststroke (1:14.76) and the 200 breaststroke (2:48.00).
Sophomore Kristina Blackstock (Watertown, N.Y.) earned 153.75 points to take first in the one-meter diving event.
It was one giant step forward for the SUNY Potsdam mens soccer team. But the Bears finally concluded one of the programs most successful seasons with a 4-1 elimination loss at Brockport in the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Potsdam freshman forward/midfielder Brandon Laurin (Chazy, N.Y.) scored his first career goal and got the Bears on the board in the 79th minute on a shot from the lower right post.
Potsdam kept it close in terms of shots and had their chances, but just was unable to find the back of the net. The Bears were only outshot 13-11 in the match and actual held an 8-6 shots advantage in the second half.
By and large, Potsdam improved in the majority of their team statistics from just a season ago.
The 13 team produced nine more goals, took 75 more shots, doled out eight more assists and won five more matches.
The SUNY Potsdam closed out their regular season on a high note by taking two matches at St. John Fisher in Rochester on Saturday.
First, the Bears swept host St. John Fisher 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 behind the play of junior outside hitter Liza Fields (Duanesburg, N.Y.), who had a team-high 10 kills, and senior setter Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif.), who had a team-best 20 assists, four kills and four aces.
In the later match, Potsdam downed Alfred University 25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16 to complete the two-match sweep.
But the Bears found strength from within as it got a lift from junior outside hitter Sharon Ofori (Bronx, N.Y.), who had seven kills, and junior libero Gabby Arana (Williston Park, N.Y.), who had 17 digs, in the Fisher match.
The Bears also were able to reduce their total amount of team errors with each processing set and closed with 10 kills against just three errors in the third set.
Against the Saxons, Manzo had 25 assists, a season-best 11 kills and seven digs to lead the Bears. Fields tied a season-best with 13 kills and 10 digs while Ofori had eight kills.
Both SUNY Potsdam mens and womens cross country teams placed 10th at the SUNYAC Cross Country Championships that took place at Fortin Park at SUNY Oneonta on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Brandon Bobik (Grahamsville, N.Y.) had the fastest time for the Bears (330 points) with a 29:43.8. Junior Joseph Rafter (Fort Covington, N.Y.) was next at 29:44.1 and was followed by junior Adam Lang (Arkport, N.Y.) with a 31:19.2 and freshman Ryan Sullivan (Rochester, N.Y.) with a 31:56.1.
Junior Hannah Groshner (Wayland, N.Y.) paced the Bears (25:09.8) and was followed by sophomore Olivia Rehm (Grahamsville, N.Y.) at 26:13.9, sophomore Sarah Howe (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) at 29:09.6 and freshman Sarah Laporta (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), who crossed the finish line at 29:43.8.
The womens hockey team is back in action on Tuesday night when they host No. 2 Plattsburgh State at 7 p.m. to open its ECAC West Schedule. It will play Oswego on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Both will be played at Maxcy Ice Arena.
Potsdam looks to bounce back with two home SUNYAC contests next weekend. The Bears host Brockport on Friday and Geneseo on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Both swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool for competition at Norwich University next Saturday, Nov. 9 in Northfield, Vermont, beginning at 1 p.m.
The volleyball team will now prepare for the SUNY Tournament as it takes on Plattsburgh on Friday at 6 p.m. at host New Paltz.
The equestrian team will be at Geneseo on Saturday and at Cazenovia on Sunday.