SUNY Potsdam Athletes Enjoy Nice Wins, Efforts
Men's Hockey The men's hockey team hit the road for two SUNYAC matchups against SUNY Geneseo and The College at Brockport this past weekend. The Bears headed home after earning the weekend split. The Bears started off their road weekend with a game against third ranked SUNY Geneseo on Friday night. Despite strong play from sophomore goalie Michael Paglucca (North Reading, Mass./New Hampshire Avalanche), the Bears fell by a final score of 4-2. Senior forward Nate Zweig (Binghamton, N.Y./Syracuse Stars) scored twice for the Bears. Sophomore forward Jack Bloem (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Connecticut Rangers), sophomore forward Tom Terranova (Middletown, N.J./Syracuse Stars), junior forward Brett Horn (Cary, N.C./Humboldt Broncos), and senior forward Joey Sollazzo (Ottawa, Ontario Navan Grads) tallied assists on the goals. Paglucca finished with 32 saves in net for the Bears. The Bears were 1-5 on the powerplay, Geneseo was 0-3. Potsdam finished up their road trip Saturday afternoon, battling their way back from an early 2-0 hole with three goals in the final three minutes of play to defeat The College at Brockport 4-2. Senior forwards Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) and Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers) each recorded a goal and an assist for the Bears. Sophomore forward Tom Terranova (Middletown, N.J./Syracuse Stars) and junior defenseman Joseph Richardson (Palm Beach, Fla./PAL Islanders) also scored. Freshman defenseman Ryan Lieth (Warwick, N.Y./New York Apple Core), sophomore forward Michael McArthur (St. Thomas, Ontario/Oswego State), and senior forward Joey Sollazzo (Ottawa, Ontario/Navan Grads) also recorded assists. Bears sophomore goalie Michael Paglucca (North Reading, Mass./New Hampshire Avalanche) finished with 15 saves. Women's Hockey The women's hockey team defeated SUNY Canton on Wednesday night and battled to a tie with Oswego St. on Saturday afternoon. The Bears rallied from an early deficit to defeat SUNY Canton 5-2 on Wednesday night. Seniors Miranda Kolb (Watertown, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) and Delphine Léonard (Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep), freshman forward Emily DellaNeve (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons), sophomore forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) and freshman forward Kaylee Merrill (Wasilla, Alaska/Anchorage North Stars) each scored for the Bears. Assists on the Bears goals came from numerous players including senior captain Shelbi Thacker (Chesterfield, Mich./Honeybaked) who had three on the night, senior assistant captain Lucy Condon (Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens), junior forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite), Merrill, and junior defenseman Emily Burke (San Jose, Calif./San Jose Jr. Sharks). Senior goaltender Kayla McCabe (Watertown, N.Y./Syracuse Nationals) made 28 saves for her fifth career win. On Saturday afternoon, the Bears battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie against Oswego State. Junior forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, PA./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) scored twice for the Bears, and freshman forward Kaylee Merrill (Wasilla, Alaska/Anchorage North Stars) added the other goal. Junior forward Alexis Clark (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) recorded assists on all three Potsdam goals. Senior defenseman Delphine Leonard (Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) tallied two assists and freshman forward Alex Quinn (Potsdam, N.Y./St. Lawrence Steel) also recorded an assist. Bears senior goaltender Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar's) stopped 41 shots in net for the Bears. The Bears were 3-9 on the powerplay, the Lakers finished 0-6. Women's Basketball The women's basketball team hosted back-to-back SUNYAC matchups this weekend, defeating SUNY Oswego but falling to SUNY Cortland. On Friday, freshman forward Jakia Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) hauled in a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 14 points as the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (6-8, 3-5 SUNYAC) defeated Oswego State (6-8, 2-6) 67-56 on Friday evening. Sophomore forward Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) had a team-high 16 points along with seven boards, four assists and two blocks. Sophomore guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy) narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine assists and freshman guard Caroline LaFountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) finished with 11 points and three rebounds. Potsdam outrebounded Oswego 47-43 and outshot the Lakers 42.6-percent to 34.8. First placed SUNY Cortland used long-range shooting to pull away from the Bears for a 67-46 victory on Saturday afternoon. Sophomores Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy) and Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) each scored 12 points to lead the Bears and Elliott also grabbed 11 rebounds for her 14th career double-double. Men's Basketball The men's basketball team extended their winning streak to 8 straight games this weekend, taking down SUNYAC rivals Oswego St. and SUNY Cortland on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the Bears were led by sophomore forward Isaiah Brown's (Westside Queens, N.Y./Queens H.S. of Teaching) 24 points and 10 rebounds, as they defeated the Oswego State Lakers 77-67 in a game where they never trailed to remain perfect in the new year. Senior captain Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, N.Y./Queens High School of Teaching) also had a big game with 19 points, connecting on four 3-pointers, all in the second half. He recorded his 1,000th career point during the contest. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) scored 16 points with four thefts, and freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) chipped in with eight points and nine boards. The Bears outrebounded the Lakers 46-39 and came away with 10 steals. The Bears pulled away from SUNY Cortland midway through the second half for an 83-73 win on Saturday night. Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./Nia Prep) notched a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds. Brown also set a personal best in 3-pointers with five. Senior captain Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, N.Y./Richmond Hill) became the second Bear in as many days to reach 1,000 points for his career and he finished with 17 on the night. Freshman center Tyrese Baptiste (Brooklyn, N.Y./Eagle Academy II) recorded his ninth double-double in 16 career games with 13 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with three rejections. Senior captain Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington) chipped in with his eight points and eight boards. Potsdam shot 44-percent from the floor, while Cortland shot 39-percent. The Bears also outrebounded the Red Dragons by a 53-35 margin. Men's Volleyball The men's volleyball team opened their inaugural season at Northern Vermont University - Johnson on Friday night, defeating the Badgers in straight sets (25-19,25-22, 25-14). In the Bears first ever contest, freshman opposite Zaire Rogers (Cheektowaga, N.Y./Cheektowaga) led the way with 11 digs and 10 kills. Sophomore setter Alec Roy (North Tonawanda, N.Y./North Tonawanda) had a strong showing as he recorded 13 assists and 5 aces. Freshman libero/outside hitter Kiernan Morgan (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream North) chipped in five kills, two assists and two digs. Senior outside hitter Saluhu Malam (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) tallied two kills, and four digs. Junior outside hitter Ernest Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Bronx Leadership Academy) had three digs for the Bears. Swimming and Diving The swimming and diving teams traveled across town to Clarkson University this Saturday. Then men fell to the Golden Knights 187-92 and the women bowed 164-112. The Bears women earned a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay with as senior Iris Curtis (Lewiston, N.Y./Niagara Wheatfield), senior Allison Medley (Watertown, N.Y./Watertown), junior Cassandra Hunter (Castleton, N.Y./Maple Hill) and senior Samantha Coombs (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) posted a time of 2:12.75. Curtis then won an individual victory in the 100 Backstroke (1:12.69) and was second in the 200 Backstroke (2:39.51). Medley finished second in the 100 Breaststroke (1:23.83) and in the 200 Breaststroke (2:59.61). Coombs claimed victories in the 200 Free (2:16.82) and the 400 Free (4:58.33) and was second in the 100 Free (1:02.39). Junior Emily Pitz (Lagrangeville, N.Y./Millbrook) swam to a win in the 200 Butterfly (2:38.19) and was second in the 100 Butterfly (1:12.45). Freshman Sophia Frenyea (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) took second in the 800 Free (11:09.35). Freshman Zoe Gliganic (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) swept the 1-meter and the 3-meter dives with scores of 191.40 and 175.30, respectively. Sophomore Jake McCormack (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./ Poughkeepsie) placed second in the 100 Backstroke (1:07.75) and the 200 Backstroke (2:28.45). Junior Ryan Hagadorn (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) won the 200 Breaststroke (2:34.85) and finished second in the 50 Free (25.09). Sophomore Davin Butler (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) was second in the 200 Butterfly (2:31.32) and the 100 Butterfly (1:05.30). Freshman Daniel Russotti (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) finished second in the 100 Breaststroke (1:12.05). Hagadorn and McCormack teamed up with junior William Stephens III (Medina, N.Y./Medina) and junior Andrew McEwen (Macedon, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon) to win the 200 Freestyle relay in 1:44.14. Track and Field The track and field team traveled to Middlebury to compete in the Middlebury Invitation this weekend. The men and women both placed ninth. The host Panthers won the women's meet and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claimed the men's title. Sophomore Adam Parker (Potsdam, N.Y./Potsdam) finished second in the shotput with a distance of 14.79m. Sophomore Owen Wilson (Saranac Lake, N.Y./Saranac Lake) placed fourth in the 500 meter run and set the Potsdam record with a time of 1:11.56. Junior Emelys Villareal (Greenport, N.Y./Greenport) was eighth in the 3000 meter run with a time of 13:11.23. Female Athlete of the Week Junior forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) - Women's Hockey On Wednesday, Wasielewski recorded an assist as the Bears took down SUNY Canton. On Saturday, she followed up with a two-goal performance which included the game-tying goal with just seven seconds remaining on the clock. In her last 4 games, Wasielewski has four goals and two assists for 6 points. Male Athlete of the Week Sophomore forward Isaiah Brown (Westside Queens, N.Y./Nia Prep) - Men's Basketball Brown recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Bears win against Oswego St. on Friday. He then followed up on Saturday with a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds against SUNY Cortland. Brown also set a personal best in 3-pointers with five against the Red Dragons. Upcoming Schedule: Men's Hockey The Bears are back on home ice next weekend as they play host to SUNY Cortland on Friday at 7 pm. Women's Hockey The Bears hit the ice again on Wednesday as they host No. 1 Plattsburgh at 7 pm. Women's Basketball The Bears are back in action next Friday when they travel to the College at Brockport to take on the Golden Eagles at 5:30 p.m. Men's Basketball Potsdam is back on the road next Friday against Brockport at 7:30 p.m. The Bears then head to Geneseo the following afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest. Men's Volleyball The Bears are back in action on February 1, as they head to the Ramapo Tri-Match where they will face off with Emmanuel and the host Roadrunners. Swimming and Diving The Bears wrap up the regular season on February 1, when they travel to Oswego State to compete at 1 p.m. Track and Field The Bears are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Utica College.