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Clarkson women edge Potsdam; Bears men’s soccer prevails

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POTSDAM - After missing on their first 15 shots on the evening, the Clarkson Women’s Soccer team managed to find the back of the net late in regulation to defeat crosstown rival SUNY Potsdam 1-0 on Wednesday night on the Bears turf field.

The Golden Knights will stay on the road as they travel to play Houghton College Saturday at noon. Potsdam State travels to play Elmira College on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The first half proved to be a feeling out period for both sides, as Clarkson outshot Potsdam 6-3 but neither team was able to develop much momentum. Of the nine shots, only two were on net, as Hailey Hider (Pittsford, NY) put one on target in the 12th minute and Kim Kenline (Akron, NY) recorded a save in the 22nd minute for the Knights.

Play picked up early in the second half as Nikki Carfi (Liverpool, NY) fired two shots wide in the first three minutes of the half. The Green and Gold tallied eleven shots in the half, the most important coming from Megan Strijek (Schenectady, NY). After re-entering the game in the 72nd minute, Strijek fired three shots on goal over the next four minutes, all of which were saved by Potsdam goalkeeper Sarah Livecchi. Finally, in the 80th minute, Hider passed to Strijek who headed it from point blank range passed the goalie for what proved to be the game winning goal.

Potsdam State desperately put two shots on goal and had a third blocked in the final 10 minutes, but Kenline and the defense preserved the shutout. The Golden Knights outshot the Bears 17-8 on the evening and Kenline recorded three saves in the process.

POTSDAM MEN’S SOCCER WINS

In Johnson, VT, senior captain Alessio Vitale (Liverpool, N.Y.) scored twice to lead the SUNY Potsdam men’s soccer team (2-1) to a 3-1 road victory over Johnson State on Wednesday afternoon. Vitale also had an assist to complete a five-point night. Sophomore forward Tom Benedetto (Queensbury, N.Y.) scored the other goal and junior forward Eduardo Figueroa (Rochester, N.Y.) added two assists.

Vitale put Potsdam in front for good in the 27th minute, finishing a pass from Figueroa. Benedetto struck less than five minutes later on helper from Vitale as he beat Badger goalie Ryan Belen with a long shot. Johnson State answered in the 39th minute with a tally from Keegan Hanlon who scored on a free kick from 20 yards out. Potsdam led 2-1 at the half and held a 15-3 advantage in shots.

The Bears continued to control the play in the second half, peppering Belen with nine more shots on goal. Vitale notched his second at 61:08 on another perfect pass from Figueroa in front of the net. Potsdam didn’t let up, but wasn’t able to add any insurance. The Badgers didn’t manage a shot on goal in the second half.

Potsdam outshot Johnson State 30-6 in the contest and totaled nine corner kicks to Johnson State’s five. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Davies (Webster, N.Y.) needed just one save to record his second career win.

Belen finished with 10 saves, including eight in the second half alone.

Head Coach Adam Parker was pleased with the effort from his Bears.

“Alessio played really well,” said Parker. “He showed a lot of energy on both sides of the ball and was all over the place. Tom Benedetto had a beautiful goal and (sophomore midfielder) James Turcott (Washingtonville, N.Y.) did a nice job in the back for us. Johnson State competed hard, but we were able to control the play.

The Bears are back in action when they host Old Westbury at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.

CU VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS POTSDAM

Senior setter Lani Durio (Austin, TX) had 38 assists and classmate Erika Chin (Katy, TX) produced 19 digs and four aces, including two late in the third set to clinch the win, as the Clarkson University Volleyball team picked up a three-set victory over Potsdam State 25-10, 25-11, 25-18 Wednesday night at Maxcy Hall.

The Golden Knights, ranked 23rd in the country, improved to 3-2 overall, while Potsdam fell to 2-3. Clarkson will return to Maxcy Hall this weekend to compete in the Victory Promotions Invitational.

Clarkson dominated in the early going, scoring 21 of the first 28 points of the match and was able to cruise to wins in the first two sets, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the third. It wasn’t until late in the set, trailing by two (20-18), that Clarkson found a different gear. Tied at 20-20, Erika Chin had two straight aces and Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) followed with a kill. Block assists picked up the 24th point and then another kill by Walker completed a seven-point run by the Knights to close out the match.

“Any win against Potsdam is a great win,” head coach Johan Dulfer said, “but I thought today we really tried to make a statement. I thought the difference in the match was clearly the serve-pass battle. They were out of system so much that it put them on their heels the entire match. On our side, our passing allowed us to spread our offense almost evenly over five hitters. While it’s hard to stay completely focused for a complete three-set match, I thought we maintained a high intensity level for most of the match and I’m very proud of our ability to do that this early in the year.

Walker finished with 12 kills and just one error in 19 attempts (.579 hitting percentage) and also added an ace, four digs, and four total blocks. Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) added in 11 kills, including five in each of the first two sets.

CANTON WOMEN’S SOCCER PREVAILS

In Poultney, VT, the SUNY Canton women’s soccer team took the lead in the third minute and never looked back as it defeated host Green Mountain College, 3-0, Wednesday afternoon. The win improves the Kangaroos to 3-0, while the loss drops the Eagles to 1-2.

Franchesca Trombley (Dekalb Junction, NY) got the day started for the Roos just 2:41 in when she lobbed a shot from outside the 18 yard box over Green Mountain goalkeeper Amber Heath for the early 1-0 lead. SUNY Canton struck again in the 34th minute, this time off a set piece corner kick, one of their four opportunities in the opening stanza.

Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) took the strike off the corner and her pass found Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, NY) who redirected the ball with her head into the back of the net. The Roos held a 9-1 shots on goal advantage as they dominated the opening 45 minutes to take a 2-0 lead into break.

SUNY Canton continued to apply pressure in the second half and added an insurance goal in the 74th minute when Katlyn Hart (Harrisville, NY) dished a pass to Melissa Campoverde (Forest Hills, NY), who dribbled in on a breakaway and beat Heath low and right for what would eventually be the 3-0 final.

Campoverde and Trombley paced the Roo attack with four and three shots on goal, respectively. SUNY Canton held a distinct 13-2 edge in shots on goal in the game. Brittany Rotach (Brasher Falls, NY) stopped two shots for her second shutout of the season, while Heath made 10 saves in the loss.

The women’s soccer team will continue its road trip Saturday night when it takes on D’Youville at 8 p.m. The Roos will have a quick turnaround as they square off Sunday at noon with Alfred State.

CU CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS DOMINATE

A trio of Clarkson University women’s cross country runners crossed the finish line at 21:03 to help lead the Golden Knights to an outstanding showing at the 2013 North Country Invitational held at the Munter Trails on the campus of Clarkson University.

The Golden Knights’ men’s team was even more dominant, finishing with the top 12 runners in the second race.

The event was a non-scoring affair, but the Golden Knights still treated it as a showcase for their outstanding early efforts. Senior Catherine Zarnofsky (Glenville, NY), classmate Erin Corrigan (Remsen, NY), and classmate Fiona Recchia (Latham, NY) all finished the 5,000-meter race with times of 21 minutes, 3 seconds, but that order was the official finish, giving Zarnofsky her second win in five days. The Golden Knights also had the eighth, ninth, and tenth place finishers in freshman Allie Day (North Yarmouth, ME)), who crossed the finish line at 22:41, junior Chelsea Farinacci (Huntington, NY)), who finished a second later, and sophomore Meghan McKenna (Hamburg, NY), who raced to a time of 22:45. Clarkson also had the 12th-15th place finishers in the event as well.

On the men’s side, sophomore Ryan Recchia (Latham, NY) won the event by a solid margin with a time of16:27, besting teammate Dan Fritz (Cicero, NY) by 27 seconds. Senior Phillip Spinosa (Spencerport, NY) came in third in 17:03 and then a large pack of Golden Knights came flying through, coming in fourth (17:05) through 12th (17:34), before a strong sprint in the last 40 yards by a St. Lawrence runner ended the Clarkson run. Sophomore Mike Feeney (Lockport, NY) and senior Ryan Ash (Glens Falls, NY) rounded out the top five for the Knights.

Tom Lauzon (Bombay, NY) ran his fastest 5-kilometer race as a Roo as the SUNY Canton men’s cross country team competed at the North Country Invitational hosted on the campus of Clarkson University Wednesday evening. The event was a non-scoring team race but individual times and places were kept.

Lauzon finished 22nd out of a 44-runner field in a time of 18:12 over the 5-kilometer course. His previous collegiate 5K best was Saturday at the Kangaroo Invitational in 18:25. Dan Loskowitz (Stuyvesant, NY) clocked a time of 18:40, while Jon Flint (Queensbury, NY) recorded a 34th place finish in 19:03. A 5K time of 19:51 from Dylan Barringer (Wallkill, NY) and a 21:00 time for Andrew Wilson (Bronx, NY) rounded out the Roo runners.

The Roos return to action Saturday when they take part in the Castleton State Invitational beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Megan Mydosh (Warwick, NY) finished in fourth place for the second straight race as the SUNY Canton women’s cross country team competed at the North Country Invitational hosted on the campus of Clarkson University Wednesday evening. The event was a non-scoring team race but individual times and places were kept.

Mydosh finished fourth out of a 26-runner field in a time of 21:09 over the 5-kilometer cours. Keara Byrne (Queensbury, NY) finished in seventh place clocking a time of 22:33, while Joelle Percy (Black River, NY) recorded an 11th place finish in 22:48. A 5K time of 24:41 from Jess Nagy (Budd Lake, NY) and a 28:44 time for Laura DiFrenza (Salt Point, NY) rounded out the Lady Roo runners.

The Lady Roos return to action Saturday when they take part in the Castleton State Invitational beginning at 11 a.m.

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