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SUNY Potsdam’s Ryan Duffy named Second Team All-American

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POTSDAM - The honors continue to roll in for SUNY Potsdam senior lacrosse player Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y.).

On Tuesday, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association named the Bears’ goalie a second team All-American. In addition to seizing one of the sports’ highest awards, Duffy has been selected to join teammates Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) and Jeff Love (Watertown, N.Y.) on the North’s roster in the 2014 USILA/LaxWorld North-South All-Star Game this Sunday.

Duffy, also the 2014 SUNYAC Player of the Year and first team all-conference selection, was a five-time conference goalie of the week and two-time ECAC defender of the week. He recorded a .659 save percentage, which led the SUNYAC and ranked second in the nation. The senior was second in the league with a 7.70 goals-against-average and finished with 211 saves. He set the Potsdam single-season wins record with a 10-6 mark this year. He had a career-high 21-save effort on April 12, guiding Potsdam to a 10-8 win at Brockport. Despite playing just two seasons with Potsdam, Duffy finishes his career 10th on the Bears all-time saves list with 232 stops.

Duffy is the third Bears’ All-American in the last four seasons and the eighth in program history. He is the third Potsdam goalie to be so honored, joining John Ivery (1995) and Ryan Hanretty (2005). Joe Schoener (1983), Chris Mele (1987), Brian Austin (2001), Rashaun Durden (2011) and Brady Fremont (2013) round out the Bears’ All-American ranks.

This Sunday, May 25, Duffy, Kunz and Love will take the field the field for the 73rd annual North-South All-Star Game. The contest will take place at 10 a.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, prior to the NCAA Division II and III National Championship games.

Kunz, a Bears captain and an All-SUNYAC selection in each of his three seasons with Potsdam, was named to the all-conference first team this year. The attackman scored a team-high 30 goals and added 29 assists for 59 points. Among conference ranks, he was first in assists-per-game (1.81), third in points-per-game (3.69) and sixth in goals-per-game (1.88). Kunz finishes his career ninth on Potsdam’s scoring list with 133 points, tied for 10th in goals (70) and sixth in assists (63).

Love, a senior defender and a second team All-SUNYAC selection, started all 16 games this season and often drew the assignment of covering the opponent’s top scorers. He also recorded 11 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. In his four seasons, Love was a starter in all 51 games he played, with 79 career ground balls and 29 caused turnovers.

The Bears had one of the finest seasons in program history this year. Potsdam was 10-6 and 4-2 in the SUNYAC, clinching the No. 2 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament and hosting a home playoff game for the second time in four seasons. The team’s 10 victories were the second most in school history and the most since 2000. Potsdam placed six players on All-SUNYAC teams and 20th-year head coach Rick Berkman earned his third SUNYAC Coach of the Year honor.

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