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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam spring sports teams had a busy week as they gear up to take on conference rivals in the week ahead.

MEN’S LACROSSE

The men’s lacrosse team hit the road to face Kean University and Castleton State last week. Kean was able to hold off a late Potsdam rally to win 11-10. The Cougars got off to a quick start and would claim a 6-3 lead at the half. Freshman midfielder Matt Kennedy (Clay, NY) would score his first career goal 1:56 into the third quarter and spark the Potsdam offense for the remainder of the game. Freshman attackman Ed Doherty (Amherst, NY) notched the game-tying goal with three minutes left on the clock. However, Kean responded with a goal at the 1:37 mark. With time winding down, the Bears would have one final chance at the equalizer. Yet, Potsdam’s shot went wide as they fell short of the comeback. In goal, Potsdam senior captain Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y.) stopped 13 shots in another strong showing. The Bears then traveled to Castleton State where they recovered to win 11-8 over the Spartans. Potsdam raced out to a 5-0 lead over the first 13 minutes of the contest. The Bears cruised to the win behind juniors Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) and Derek Frost (Williamsville, N.Y.). Sloma stopped 11 shots in the first 58:19 to earn his fourth win of the season.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

The women’s lacrosse team headed south for their spring game in Clermont, FL before returning to New York to face Morrisville State this past week.

Potsdam would secure their first win of the season in a 16-15 comeback win over Southern Maine. Both teams jostled for the lead in the first half and would go into the second stanza tied at 10-10. Southern Maine struck quickly in the second half, but it was the Huskies last lead of the contest and it lasted just three minutes as Potsdam responded with a 3-0 run. Southern Maine scored the next two to tie the game at 13-13 with 7:45 left, Potsdam quickly regained its two-goal advantage on markers from Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y.). Again the Huskies answered with two to tie the score at 15 all with 1:31 on the clock. Petit converted on a free position opportunity with 50 seconds remaining for the decisive tally. Junior goalie Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) made a career-high 17 saves to earn her first collegiate win. The Bears continued to ride the momentum from Florida in a 18-5 victory over Morrisville State. The Bears received four goals from Johns, Whitney Boshart (Watertown, N.Y.) and sophomore Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) in the rout.

SOFTBALL

The softball team concluded its spring trip to Florida with a 7-3 record before returning to New York to face SUNYAC opponents Brockport and Geneseo. On Friday, the Bears took on Brockport in their SUNYAC opener.

The Golden Eagles would complete a sweep of Potsdam by a score of 9-0 and 5-1. The Bears struggled to generate offense versus a tough Brockport pitching squad. Senior Amanda Perry (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) recorded and RBI double for Potsdam, driving in fellow senior Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.) in the second contest. On Saturday, Potsdam dropped two games to a strong Geneseo squad. The Blue Knights concluded the weekend with a 9-1 and 10-2 sweep. Junior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.), sophomore Carissa Cornwell (Homer, N.Y.), and freshman Alexis Lerman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) each recorded RBI for the Bears.

PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Senior Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) is the Bears’ male performer of the week. Morrill matched a career-high with three goals against Kean on Wednesday. He scored two more, including the game-winner, against Castleton State on Saturday.

Senior Denise Johns is the Bears’ female performer of the week. Johns scored eight goals and recorded 2 assists for a 10-point week, helping Potsdam to its first two wins of the season. Johns totaled four goals and an assist in a 16-15 over Southern Maine in Florida on Tuesday. She then matched the performance in an 18-5 drubbing of Morrisville in Potsdam on Saturday.

UPCOMING WEEK

The SUNY Potsdam softball doubleheader scheduled for this afternoon at St. Lawrence University has been postponed due to wet field conditions. The games will be rescheduled at a later date.

Next, the Bears travel to SUNY New Paltz for a doubleheader on Friday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

The men’s lacrosse team returns home to open SUNYAC play against Brockport next Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with the Golden Eagles. Potsdam is 10-1 in its last 11 meetings with Brockport, including one-goal victories in the last three contests.

The women’s lacrosse team is back in action at home this afternoon at 4 p.m. when they open up SUNYAC play with a contest against the SUNY New Paltz Hawks.

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