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Potsdam’s Jordan Ott named Division III Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year

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POTSDAM — The lists of accolades for SUNY Potsdam freshman women’s hockey player Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) just keeps getting longer.

On Wednesday, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) named Ott its Division III Women’s Hockey Rookie of Year. She is the first Bear to receive the honor.

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Ott was chosen as the ECAC West’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the all-conference second team. During the 15-week regular season, the Hilton, N.Y. native garnered eight ECAC West Rookie of the Week awards.

“Jordan’s accomplishments this season have been inspiring for all of us,” said Bears seventh-year head coach Jay Green. “To be selected as the Rookie of the Year by USCHO is an acknowledgement any first-year athlete could only hope for. There are a number of quality players at our level and we are very proud and excited that Jordan has been selected. Jordan’s passion for the game and success will be visible for a more years to come here in Potsdam as we look forward to continued success for our athletes and our program.”

Ott started her collegiate career quickly, scoring her and Potsdam first’s goal of the season in the Bears season opener against Saint Michael’s on Nov. 2. It was the first goal in newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena. She finished the season with a school record 22 goals and a program-best 36 points, tying her for the team lead. She played in 25 of Potsdam’s 26 games and recorded two or more points in 12 of those contests. She posted a career-high four points on three-goal, one assist performances in ties against Neumann University (4-4) on Jan. 19, and Utica College (4-4) on Feb. 22.

Ott’s average of 1.44 points-per-game placed her seventh in the nation in scoring and second among NCAA rookies. Her 0.88 goals-per-game and nine power-play goals were third best in the nation. Ott’s 22 goals were the most by a freshman this season. Her conference rankings were even more impressive. She was fourth in scoring on 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points. She tied or led ECAC West in goals scored (14), power-play goals (6), and freshman scoring. She finished second only to teammate Brittany Lucky in power-play points (8) and tied for third in game-winning goals (3).

The Bears’ 2013-14 campaign was one of the best in team history. The Bears tied their overall and conference wins mark with a 12-10-4 record (7-5-4 ECAC West). Their first ever winning record in conference play helped the Bears clinch their third straight playoff berth and the fourth in the program’s six seasons.

SLU MEN’S LAX

The SUNY Plattsburgh men’s lacrosse team got a combined nine goals from Brendan Damm (5) and Robbie Ashlaw (4) as the Cardinals knocked off nationally-ranked No. 17 St. Lawrence University on Wednesday evening in Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh, which is earning votes in the national polls, improved to 8-2 on the season after it owned a 42-33 advantage in shots. The Saints, meanwhile, fall to 5-3 despite a six point (4g,2a) outing from Conor Healey. Sam Marvin chipped in a game-high seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, as each team finished with 32 ground balls and 19 turnovers.

Tommy Hovey and Charlie Jennings each had two goals and an assist in the loss. Goaltender Nick Ford struggled to stop the Cardinals early, as he gave up 10 goals in 37:34 before being replaced by Andrew Butturini, who didn’t fare much better as he allowed four goals on six shots. Ryan Fisher closed out the game for the Saints, who were stifled by Plattsburgh goalie Andrew Hauk, who made 10 saves to earn the non-conference victory.

SLU will look to snap a two-game skid when it celebrates a Military Appreciation Game on Saturday at home against Vassar starting at noon.

CANTON LAXWOMEN

In Castelton, Vermont, the SUNY Canton women’s lacrosse team won its second straight contest in decisive fashion with a 17-2 victory over Green Mountain College at Spartan Stadium.

The Roos (4-4) pushed the offensive tempo throughout the game, netting their first goal less than two minutes into the game off of a Joelle Percy (Black River, NY) shot. SUNY Canton scored the first five goals of the contest as Keeley Rice (Potsdam, NY) had two goals and an assist and Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, ON) scored once and set up a goal during the spurt.

The Eagles (0-3) responded with two goals, one each from Megan Scully and Corinne Colpitts, to trim the deficit to 5-2 midway through the opening half. The Roos retorted with six straight goals before halftime as seven different players found the back of the net in the opening half.

The SUNY Canton defense did not allow a single goal the final 45:02 of clock time as the team added six second half goals to close out the game, 17-2. Tressa Goolden (Canton, NY) led the Roos offensively with five goals, while Rice was equally effective scoring and passing with three goals and three assists. Carroll finished with three goals and two assists, while Percy posted two goals and three assists.

Becca Kieffer (Lee Center, NY) stopped two shots on the day, while Virginia Anderson turned aside 21 shots and picked up eight ground balls for Green Mountain.

The women’s lacrosse team will travel to Clarkson next Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game.

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