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POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam soccer player Nick Davies (Webster, N.Y.) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s Goalie of the Week.

Davies posted a 1-0-1 mark between the pipes for the Bears at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Cardinal Classic over the weekend. He had a .917 save percentage and a 0.45 goals against average in a 1-1 tie with Misericordia University on Friday and shut out of Fitchburg State on Saturday. The sophomore now has a 7-3 record in his career with the Bears and three shutouts.

GROSHNER HONORED

SUNY Potsdam senior cross country runner Hannah Groshner (Wayland, N.Y.) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s Female Runner of the Week.

Groshner won the 2014 Kangaroo Cross Invitational on Saturday at SUNY Canton with a 5K time of 21:00. The victory was the first of the senior’s career. Groshner’s win, combined with several other strong Potsdam finishes, helped the Bears to a second place finish at the meet.

The cross country team is back in action this Saturday when it travels to SUNY Oswego for the Pat Peterson Invitational at 11 a.m.

CLARKSON BOOTERS CITED

Allowing only one goal over 180 minutes of action this past weekend, the Clarkson University men’s soccer team was sure to get recognized for its great start, and the Liberty League rewarded a pair of Golden Knights in Michael King (Verona, NJ) and Kevin Calnan (Winchester, MA) with its first round of weekly honors.

King, named Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week, allowed just the one goal in two starts over the weekend, posting a 0.50 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Versus Moravian College, King needed to make just a single stop in a 2-0 win, but the sophomore was called upon to make 11 saves in a 2-1 victory over Cortland State on Saturday. Calnan, the Liberty League Rookie of the Week, made a solid first impression in his first collegiate weekend, assisting on a goal against Moravian and scoring the opening marker versus Cortland State. He currently is tied for the team lead in goals, assists, and points.

CLARKSON HARRIERS HONORED

Sophomore Victoria Hathaway (Troy, NY) and freshman AJ Beers (Central Square, NY) each enjoyed strong debuts with the Clarkson University Cross Country team on Saturday at the Kangaroo Cross Country Invitational, and the duo was rewarded on Monday with Liberty League Weekly honors recognizing their outstanding performances.

Hathaway, a junior college transfer, finished second at the 5,000-meter event with a time of 21:12, just 12 seconds off the pace, with an average of 6:50 per mile, and she was picked as the Liberty League Performer of the Week. The men’s course was also a 5,000-meter run, and Beers, too, took second place in that race with a time of 17:22, only 34 seconds behind the top runner, at an average of 5:36 per mile. Beers was chosen as the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for his effort.

CANTON TRIO HONORED

Austin Johnston (Auburn, NY) of the men’s cross country team, Liz Lynch (North Lawrence, NY) of the women’s soccer team and Zach Meade (Tupper Lake, NY) of the men’s golf team were all honored with weekly awards from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), as announced on Tuesday.

Johnston picked up USCAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honors after clocking a time of 17:42 over the 5-kilometer course at the Kangaroo Invitational on Saturday. The senior averaged a 5:43 mile pace in his first collegiate race to lead the Roos to a fourth place finish overall.

Lynch, a former St. Lawrence Central standout, earned USCAA Women’s Soccer Goalie of the Week accolades for her performances as the women’s soccer team started the season undefeated at 2-0. After an injury to the starting goalkeeper, the forward showed great poise moving to a new position between the posts as she stopped six shots and gave up just one goal on the weekend. The North Lawrence native registered her first career shutout as the Roos defeated Vermont Technical College 4-0 on Sunday, a day after a 6-1 victory against Paul Smith’s College.

Meade was distinguished as the USCAA Golfer of the Week after he earned first place and medalist honors at the Utica College Fall Invitational on Sunday. The junior finished the 18-hole round shooting a 2-over par, 73. After finishing tied for first he defeated Elmira College’s Jarryd ten

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