POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam basketball and hockey teams opened the 2013 part of the winter season this past weekend.
The womens basketball team hosted local North Country rival St. Lawrence University Friday evening. The Saints pulled away from the Bears in the second half to claim a 71-48 victory. St. Lawrence would use a late 10-0 run in the first half to secure the 30-21 lead going into the break.
Senior guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y.) would cut the St. Lawrence lead to five points at the 16:55 mark of the second half.
Another run sparked by junior guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y.) and Briedis would bring the Bears within three with 8 minutes remaining. However, the Saints halted the charge and closed out the game on a 10-0 run to seal the win.
The mens basketball team faced a tough non-conference slate as they traveled to Manhattanville and Ramapo College over the weekend. The Bears defeated Manhattanville on Saturday in an exciting come from behind thriller. Senior forward Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a career-high performance for Potsdam with 30 points and nine rebounds. The Bears would go on a late 6-0 run in the first half to trail by one at halftime. A 10-2 run by the Bears in the second half seemed to secure the win over the Valiants. However, Manhattanville slowly chipped away at the lead and tied the contest at 80 a piece with 48 seconds remaining. Potsdam fed the hot hand and Pierce buried a long-range jump shot from the left corner with just 18 ticks on the clock. The Valiants then committed a costly turnover with just six seconds remaining to give the Bears the ball. A quick foul sent sophomore forward Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) to the line. The Potsdam native hit both of his free throws to put the Bears up by four points.
Lake then stole the inbounds pass and added a last second layup to seal the 86-80 victory. The Bears then traveled to Northern New Jersey where they dropped a hard fought battle with No. 10 Ramapo. Potsdam trailed by two points going into halftime. The Bears fought back-and-forth with the Roadrunnners throughout the second half. A pair of back-to-back threes by junior forward Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y. ) put Potsdam within one of Ramapo. However, the Roadrunners held off the Bears with solid free throw shooting to win, 94-80.
The mens hockey team finished a tough road weekend with a 0-1-1 record versus Castleton and Skidmore. On Friday, junior assistant captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta) scored with 36 seconds remaining to tie Castleton State. Just 2:09 into the final period, Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) ignited the comeback with a Potsdam power-play tally. Junior forward Zach Blake (Campbellford, Ontario) and freshman forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) each assisted on the goal. At 7:07, Matt Viola (Toronto, Ontario) cut the lead to 3-2 with an even-strength goal on helpers from freshman forward Mike Riley (Brantford, Ontario) and sophomore forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich.). With 47 seconds left, Bears Head Coach Chris Bernard pulled freshman goaltender Austin Keiser (Dunwoody, Ga.) for an extra skater. Arnold struck for the game-tying goal at 19:24. Potsdam then fell 4-3 in another comeback contest. Freshman forward Todd Thomas (Davidsville, Pa.) scored twice and sophomore forward Ken Simon (Norwell, Mass.) recorded a goal in the loss.
The womens hockey team swept both of their games over the weekend, while claiming the Doubletree Ice Hockey Classic title. On Friday, the Bears scored three third period goals to defeat Nichols, 6-4. Junior forward Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) led the Bears with two goals. Freshman defenseman Kristen Domanski (Brooklin, Ontario) and freshman forward Natasha Allen (Aspen Colo.) each recorded their first career goals. Sophomore forwards Emilee Hazelden (Bloomingdale, N.Y.) and Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) each tallied a goal. On Saturday, Potsdam downed St. Michaels 4-1 to win the Doubletree Classic title. Senior captain Katie Komsa (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) was selected as the tournaments Most Valuable Player and junior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) was named to the all-tournament team.
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK
Senior captain Curtis Pierce is the Bears male performer of the week.
Pierce led the Bears to a 1-1 record during a tough non-conference slate.
The senior posted a career-high 30 points in an exciting 86-80 comeback win over Manhattanville College. Pierce nearly missed a double-double performance and hit several key shots in the contest. The Brooklyn native then scored 23 points to put his team in contention with the #10 ranked Ramapo Roadrunners. He averaged 26.5 points per game and eight rebounds per game.
Senior captain Katie Komsa is the Bears female performer of the week.
Komsa notched her first goal of the year in their game versus St. Michaels over the weekend. The senior was named the Doubletree Ice Hockey Classic Most Valuable Player.
The mens basketball team returns to action on Jan. 11-12 when they travel to Brockport and SUNY Geneseo.
The womens basketball team resumes SUNYAC play on Jan. 11-12 when they travel to Brockport and SUNY Geneseo.
The womens hockey is back in action on Tuesday as they host the Castleton State Spartans at 7 p.m. at Cheel Arena.
The mens hockey team is back in action next weekend with two games in Massachusetts. The Bears battle Western New England in Springfield at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Becker in Worcester at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.