SUNY Potsdam Fall Team Ready For Openers
POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam fall teams will open new seasons this weekend
Men's Soccer Seniors Wilber Parada (Huntington Station, N.Y./Huntington Station) and Jeffrey Schulz (East Moriches, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) will captain the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team in its 62nd season. The Bears' roster will feature 16 veterans and eight new faces, including five freshmen and three transfers. Seniors forwards Alejandro Callejas (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) and Teddy Bruschini (Wilton, N.Y./South Glens Falls) are back to lead the offense. Callejas broke out last season, totaling 11 points on five goals and one assist. He was the SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10. Potsdam opens at home tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when they face SUNY Delhi for the first time in program history. On Saturday, the Bears host Paul Smith's College at noon. Potsdam is 6-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
Women's Soccer The SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team battled its way to the SUNYAC semifinals last season and look to build on the success of the last two years. Seniors Ciara Norris (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) and Augusta Hayner will serve as the Bears' captains this season. Despite losing All-American and SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year Brooke Falsion and All-District and All-SUNYAC first team Rylie Murray to graduation, Potsdam is experienced and deep at all positions. Second team all-conference forward Lexi Dean (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) has climbed to 11th on the program's scoring list in just two seasons. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Bowie (Mechanicville, N.Y./Mechanicville) contributed 13 points on five goals and three assists in her debut campaign. Third team All-SUNYAC defender Maeve Morrissey (Averill Park, N.Y./Averill Park), Norris and Hayner lead a veteran defense that allowed a program record low of 0.83 goals-per-game in 2018. The Bears also return the best goalkeeping tandem in the SUNYAC in senior Delphine Léonard(Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) and junior Gabby Hobika(New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford). Léonard was 8-2 with a 0.86 goals-against-average, a .839 save percentage and two shutouts. Hobika went 6-2-1 with a 0.80 G.A.A., a .781 save percentage and four shutouts. The Bears open the season against Alfred University in the first round of the D'Youville Spartan Classic tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. They square off with Bethany College at noon on Saturday. Potsdam is 1-0-1 against the Saxons and have never faced the Bison
Women's Volleyball The SUNY Potsdam women's volleyball team is fresh off a SUNYAC Playoff appearance and has a strong combination of talent, experience and youth. 2018 SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year, senior libero Natalie Magallon (Commerce, Calif./Bell Gardens), junior outside hitter Nicole Hansen (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley) and junior middle hitter Monica Mack (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) are Potsdam's captains this season. The Bears return six key veterans and bring in nine new faces, including three transfers. Hansen, Mack and sophomore Emme Price (Glendale, Ariz./Deer Valley) will lead the offense. Hansen paced Potsdam with 284 kills and 44 aces, while Mack added 245 kills and Price contributed 122 in her first season. Magallon registered 45 aces and led the SUNYAC with 689 digs and 6.04 digs-per-set. The Bears kick off 2019 at the Gordon College invitational against MIT at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. On Saturday, they face the host Fighting Scots at 11 a.m. and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at 1 p.m.
Cross Country The SUNY Potsdam men's and women's cross country teams begin year two under head coach Brett Willmott when they travel to Utica for the SUNY Poly Short Course Invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Bears women welcome 10 new faces and welcome back two familiar ones. Senior Maddie Schmauch (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Spackenkill) and juniors Kristen Alvy (Commack, N.Y./Commack), Emily Downs and Alice Menis (Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady) are back to anchor squad. Juniors Marie Amell(Potsdam, N.Y./Potsdam) and Emelys Villareal (Greenport, N.Y./Greenport) also return after a season away. The stalwart trio of senior Logan Drake (Theresa, N.Y./Indian River) and juniors Matthew Brown (Chestertown, N.Y./North Warren) and Joshua D'Angelo (Camden, N.Y./Camden) return for the men and are joined by three new faces.