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Area College Teams Enjoy Weekend Success

Elmira, NY – Dawson Pellerin stopped all four shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout as the SUNY Canton men’s soccer team earned a 0-0 double overtime draw at Elmira College in non-conference action on Sunday.

Neither team found the back of the net through the opening 90 minutes as Elmira held a slim 3-2 shots on goal edge.Will Austin and Ellis Sanchez registered a shot on goal each for the Roos, while Dawson Pellerin stopped all three shots he faced during regulation.Elmira held a slim 4-3 shots advantage in overtime and a 13-12 edge overall. Pellerin stopped the only shot on target in overtime to preserve the draw.This marks the first time the Roos men’s soccer program has been unbeaten through their opening two games since they started the 2014 season 3-0.

WHAT'S NEXT The Roos host SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Potsdam 7 - Paul Smith' s 0: The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (2-0) overpowered the Paul Smith's College Bobcats (1-1) 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. A late first half surge gave the Bears a comfortable lead and their defense helped them secure the victory. Six different players scored for Potsdam. Senior forward Teddy Bruschini (Wilton, N.Y./South Glens Falls) (2g, 1a), senior forward Alejandro Callejas (Averill Park, N.Y./Averill Park) (1g), senior forward Brandon Igiehon (Dublin, Ireland/Channel View School) (1g), freshman defender Donny Ophals (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) (1g, 1a), freshman midfielder Justin Lamando (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) (1g), and junior defender Ryan Potter (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) (1g).

Defense was the story for the start of the contest, as Bobcats junior goalkeeper Nick Fraiser (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) came away with many key saves. He stopped four Potsdam attempts within the first 20 minutes of play. The Bears began to pick up steam in the later stages of the first period. Callejas finally struck first when he found the side of the net on a penalty kick at 22:43. With 13 minutes left, Lamando gained control of the ball at the goal line off a pass from freshman forward Andrew Spaqnuolo (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) and fired it past Fraiser for his first collegiate goal. Bruschini continued the momentum with a sidestep and scored in the 39th minute with an assist from sophomore midfielder Sebastian Matos (Huntington, N.Y./Half Hallow Hills). Just 1:20 later, Bruschini followed it up with an assist to Potter, when he delivered the ball from left field. Potter then to buried his shot in the corner. To close the half, Bruschini broke free from his defender at the goal line after a feed from Ophals and fired another shot past Fraiser, putting Potsdam up 5-0 with 2:51 left in the half.

The Bears picked up where they left off in the new period. Ophals broke free for his first career goal to extend the lead at 52:09. Fraiser got a piece of the ball, but ultimately wasn't able to prevent the goal. Igiehon closed the scoring with his first collegiate goal on another helper from Spagnuolo at the 27:50 mark and the Bears came away with the win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Conor Callan (Piermont, N.Y./Tappan Zee) picked up his second win despite not facing a shot on goal. Senior Esdras Juarez (Tuckahoe, N.Y./Tuckahoe) claimed half of the shutout with two stops in the second half. Fraiser finished with seven saves for the Bobcats.


BUFFALO, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team (1-1) dominated the Bethany College Bisons (0-2) on Saturday afternoon in the D'Youville Spartan Classic, outscoring them 9-0. The contest featured the Bears' largest offensive showing since an 11-1 win over SUNY Maritime in 2008. Eight different Potsdam players scored, but junior forward Lexi Dean (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) and freshman midfielder Nora Canning(Saranac, N.Y./Saranac) led the way with a goal and two assists apiece. Senior goalkeeper Delphine Léonard (Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) claimed her 15th career win, tying her for third place on the program's wins list with Bri Thibeau '17.

The first goal came just 1:49 into match after a short corner kick was crossed into the box by Dean. The attempt found sophomore midfielder Hannah Dentel (Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon) on the doorstep to put it away for the Bears first goal of the season and the second of Dentel's career. The Bisons fought back to earn a corner kick of their own immediately following the Bears goal, but the header from Riley Meyers went wide.

From there, the Bears took over. They poured on five shots in the next 13 minutes with the pressure finally resulting in the second goal of the match. An own goal from a Bisons center back made it 2-0 at 16:02. At the 25:08 mark of the first half, junior midfielder Carly Shear (Newark, N.J./Newark) scored her first career goal off a long shot through traffic. Junior midfielder McKenzie Karpp(Marion, N.Y./Marion) added her first collegiate goal on a tip-in off a pass from Dean just over four minutes later to make it 4-0. Freshman defender Logan McGee (St. Augustine, Fla/Allen D. Nease) scored the first of her career off a rebound at 31:32 to bring to score to 5-0. Dean notched her marker just 1:43 later with an assist from sophomore forward Margaret Crosson (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora). Canning then netted the first of her career off a shot from inside the box with 5:43 remaining. Potsdam led by seven at the break.

In the second half, Potsdam received two more career-first goals from freshman forward Nichaela Commisso (Rushville, N.Y./Marcus Whitman) and freshman midfielder Kari Hance(DeKalb Junction, N.Y./Herman-Dekalb), with Canning garnering an assist on each. Léonard needed just one save in the first 61:15 to claim a share of the shutout and freshman Chloe Gordon (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) matched her in the last 28:45 for her college debut. Bethany goalie Corinne Grabow stopped eight shots, while playing the full contest.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. when they head across town to face Clarkson University.


Jay, VT – Senior Matthew Russell fired a round of 81 on Saturday, the fifth lowest score of the day, to vault into a sixth-place finish as the Roos completed play in the NVU-Johnson Invitational at Jay Peak Golf Course on Saturday. 

Russell’s two-day, 36-hole total score of 170 was good to sit alone in sixth place, just three strokes out of fifth place. Castleton’s Nick Ojala earned medalist honors with a score of 152 as he recorded two 4-over par rounds of 76.SUNY Canton improved by 20 strokes as a team from Friday to Saturday to move from third to second place with 696 strokes. Castleton won the team title with 641 strokes, while Johnson was third (706) and Gordon College was fourth (739).Sophomore Josh Marshall had the greatest improvement in his Saturday round on the team and third best in the tournament as he shot 14 strokes lower to record an 82 and finish in a tie for 10th place.Both Devin Page and Azzat Almasri also trimmed their scores on the second day of competition. The men’s golf team is back in action next Saturday when it opens play at the two-day, 36-hole St. Lawrence Invitational at 1 p.m. 


Cortland, NY – Camryn Smeatin and Melissa McMaster provided nine kills each in Saturday’s second match at the 35th annual Red Dragon Classic, but the SUNY Canton volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to host Cortland and Nazareth.


Host Cortland took the opener in straight sets by scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-14.Marissa Ixtlahuac paced the offense with five kills in the opener for the Roos, while Melissa McMaster tallied four putdowns.Camryn Smeatin chipped in with three kills, Sky Hansen added a pair of aces and Jenna Roat recorded five digs.


The Roos jumped out to a 2-0 set lead in the nightcap with a thrilling 25-23 win in the opener and followed that up with a decisive 25-18 victory in the second. The Golden Flyers battled back winning the next three sets, 25-19, 25-17, 15-8 to pull off the win in five sets.Smeatin and McMaster had strong performances posting nine kills apiece, while Ixtlahuac added four to go with seven aces. Sydney Uthe and Peyton Nadeau also pinpointed three service aces each, while Roat totaled 13 digs.

WHAT'S NEXT The Roos are back in action next weekend in the University of Rochester Invitational. They square off with RIT and SUNY Poly at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively, with both matches played at RIT.

SLU Takes Second: The St. Lawrence University volleyball team defeated Fredonia and the University of Rochester to finish the 2019 Red Dragon Classic 4-0 and take second place on Saturday afternoon in Cortland, New York. Senior setter Jenna Britton was named to the All-Tournament team.  The Saints first win of the day against the Blue Devils marked the first win over Fredonia in program history and the first during head coach Shelly Roiger's tenure. "I'm very proud of our team for this weekend's performance," said Roiger.  "We definitely have a list of skills to address during practice next week, but it was good to get off to a solid start in August. This weekend served as the foundation for our season and we have no plans to take steps backwards. We will improve in all areas this week and get ready to play four great opponents that are all on our next mission's list. All four will test and challenge us which is exactly what we want and need." Match 1: St. Lawrence vs. Fredonia, 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-8) In their only five-set match of the weekend, the Saints edged the Blue Devils by scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 15-8, capturing the first, fourth and fifth sets. Natalie Piper led the Saints with 19 kills, while Marissa Parker and Amanda Teppo added nine and seven, respectively. Britton recorded a team-best four service aces and tallied 49 assists, while Julia Wagner posted a team-high seven blocks and Reagan Collier-Hogan finished with 29 digs. In set five, the Saints went on a 6-0 run to take a 9-7 lead and finished off the set on a 5-0 run to take the win. St. Lawrence topped the Blue Devils in kills (53-45), service aces (9-5), assists (53-45) and digs (95-70). Match 2: St. Lawrence vs. University of Rochester, 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-21) The Saints went on to defeat the Yellowjackets in three sets by scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-21, en route to a four match sweep of the Red Dragon Classic. Piper continued to lead the Saints with 19 kills, while Parker added seven and Wagner recorded four. Britton finished the second match of the day with 33 assists, four service aces, 14 digs and two blocks, while Leila Nayaradded three aces, Collier-Hogan recorded 19 digs and Teppo finished with a team-best four blocks.

Bears Sweep.-The SUNY Potsdam women's volleyball team (1-2) defeated the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (0-3) 3-0 and fell to host Gordon College (2-0) 3-0 on the second day of the Gordon College Invitational.

The Bears downed the Trailblazers in straight sets by 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23 scores. Junior captain Nicole Hansen led Potsdam's offense with seven kills and two aces and junior outside hitter Nicole Ramirez (West Covina, Calif./Bishop Amat) registered six. Junior captain Monica Mack (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) totaled four kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Jones(Parker, Colo./Elizabeth) finished with 17 assists, five digs and a block. Freshman outside hitter Jessica Ader (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) added two blocks and nine digs. Senior captain Natalie Magallon (Commerce, Calif./Bell Gardens) posted 19 digs and two aces.

The weekend finale against the Fighting Scots was a tight contest, but Gordon took 25-19, 25-19 and 25-20 set wins for the victory. Mack picked up seven more kills and sophomore outside hitter Emme Price (Glendale, Ariz./Deer Valley) had four. Hansen added five more kills and five digs to her day. Jones had 20 assists and two aces. Ader totaled an ace and five digs. Magallon finished with a game-high 15 digs and freshman middle hitter Caitlin Retzlaff (Milton, Fla./Pace) added two blocks.

The Bears are back in action on Friday at 7 p.m. for their home opener when they host Maine-Fort Kent for the first of two matches


Potsdam Opens. - The SUNY Potsdam men's and women's cross-country teams opened the season at the SUNY Poly Short Course Invitational this morning. The Bears women finished fourth, while the men's team was 10th.

Junior Joshua D'Angelo (Camden, N.Y./Camden) led the men on the grueling all-grass terrain with a time of 22:18. Freshman Andrew Hyde (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley) followed close behind, running a smart race before pulling away from juniors Matt Brown (Chestertown, N.Y./North Warren) (23:03) and sophomore Owen Wilson (Saranac Lake, N.Y./Saranac Lake) (23:30) to finish with a time of 22:54. Senior Logan Drake (Theresa, N.Y./Indian River) rounded out the group in 24:38.

Junior Emily Downs (Olivebridge, N.Y./Onteora) ran well to lead the women with a time of 18:16. Freshman Molly Cameron (Cornwall, N.Y./Cornwall) followed close behind with a time of 18:27, holding off junior Alice Menis (Schenectady, N.Y./ Schenectady) (19:05). Senior Maddie Schmauch (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Spackenkill) crossed the line in 19:47. Freshman Gabriela Feliciano(Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam) finished with a time of 20:25. Junior Kristen Alvy (Commack, N.Y./ Commack) and freshman Emily Ware (Massena, N.Y./ Massena) finished the ] the day for the Bears with times of 21:05 and 22:03, respectively.

The teams return to action Saturday at 11 a.m. as they head to Plattsburgh for the Cardinal Classic.

Canton Men First – Sophomore Jeremy Gundrum won the individual title and led the SUNY Canton men’s cross country team to the team title at the NVU-Johnson Invitational on Saturday as the cross country teams opened their 2019 seasons.

Gundrum covered the 5-kilometer field in 19 minutes, 11 seconds as he finished 53 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor of Micah Kelly from Paul Smith’s College. Floyd Davis finished in third place individually for the host Badgers.The Roos won the team title with 23 points, besting Paul Smith’s (49) and NVU-Johnson (64).The Roos dominated the field of three teams as they placed their top five runners all in the top seven of the race.Jesse Walley (4th – 20:06), Ben York (5th – 20:15), Tim Allen (6th – 20:26) and Jaden Caldwell (7th – 20:31) rounded out the top five.

Morristown Central graduate Owen Kuca placed 11th.

On the women’s side four runners competed individually as Kaitlyn Trusty led the way with a second place finish. Malyssa Shenko (2nd), Katherine Quane (6th) and Adeline Wagner (10th) also competed.Johnson won the team title as the lone full team with 15 points.

WHAT'S NEXT The cross country teams head back to Vermont next Saturday when they take part in the NVU-Lyndon Invitational. The men take off at 11 a.m. followed by the women at 12 p.m.  

SLU Sweeps Titles - First-year Matthew Abell won his first collegiate cross country race to lead St. Lawrence University's men's team to a dominating victory at the three-team Cardinal Classic at Plattsburgh State on Saturday morning.

Abell finished the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 11 seconds, at 5:12 pace per mile, to finish 6.3 seconds ahead of teammate Patrick Mortensen, who was second. Evan Page was fourth in 16:29.7, while Dexter Benkard finished sixth in 16:39.9. George Gowdy (eighth place0 and Dadley Ogetii (ninth place) also posted top-10 finishes for the Saints.

Ashley Walker finished second to lead a group of five straight St. Lawrence runners to lead the Saints' women's cross country team to a dominating victory at the three-team Cardinal Classic at Plattsburgh State on Saturday afternoon.

Walker finished the five-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 37.5 seconds, good for a pace of 6:19 per mile, just 7.7 seconds behind the individual winner, Plattsburgh State's Jasmine Roberts.

Three first-years were among the Saints' top-five, including Sophie Brzezinski (third place), Eliza O'Donnell (fourth place), and Haylei Coolican (sixth place). Kayla Beck finished in sixth place for the Saints, and Katherine Sheehy (ninth place) and Jaden Phillips (10th place) were also top-10 finishers for St. Lawrence

The Saints won the team title with 20 points, while host Plattsburgh State was second with 46. Castleton finished third with 70 points.


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