CANTON St. Lawrence Universitys mens soccer team, with newly crowned Liberty League Player of the Year Andrew Bednarsky, will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend at Sandy MacAllaster Field.
St. Lawrence (15-2-2) will face Thomas of Maine (12-7-1) in its first game Saturday. Other schools in the bracket are Wheaton, Mass (16-5) and SUNY Plattsburgh (15-5-1).
The Saints, making their 18th NCAA tournament appearance and 16th under head coach Bob Durocher, won an automatic berth to the tournament by winning the Liberty League title last weekend.
Bednarsky, a senior midfielder, leads the Saints with 20 points (6 goals, 8 assists). He won MVP honors in the Liberty League tournament. On Monday he was selected the leagues player of the year.
Saints junior goalie Aaron Costello also made the leagues first team. The Saints coaching staff also received top honors.
Clarkson defenseman Trevor Blackwell, a junior, also was a first-team pick, the first Golden Knight to make the team in nine years.
St. Lawrence placed five players on the second team: forwards Jamal Samaroo and Morgan Smith, midfielders Seyefe Brouk and Mark Provost, and defender Harry Copeland.
FRIESEN HEADS AREA PICKS
St. Lawrence senior midfielder Julia Friesen won all-Liberty League first team selection Monday.
Friesen, a captain, led the Saints in scoring with a career-high 20 points (7 goals, 6 assists), including four game-winning goals.
SLU forward Mackenzie Collins received second team mention, as did Clarkson midfielder Ashley DeHond.
CLARKSON TO HOST FIRST ROUND
Clarkson University received word that it would host the NCAA regional championships and placed two players on the All-Liberty League team, including Player of the Year, Lani Durio.
Clarkson, the top seed, will play the final match of the first day of the three-day regionals with an 8 p.m. match against No. 8 Westfield State. Semifinal matches will take place Saturday, followed by the championship round Sunday. The regional winner advances to the NCAA quarterfinals in Holland, Mich.
Clarkson, defending state regional champions, reached the NCAA quarterfinals last year. The Golden Knights (33-6) are unbeaten against New York schools this season.
Durio, a senior setter, was the only unanimous pick for the league first team. She averages 9.2 assists per set and has produced 52 aces, 48 kills and 261 digs. She is the Golden Knights all-time leader in assists.
Clarkson middle hitter Xiao Liang also made the first team. She leads the league in hitting (.378) and averages 2.31 kills per set. She has 64 blocks.
St. Lawrence sophomore Lexi Brown was also a league first-team pick. She leads the team with 312 kills.
The Golden Knights placed Aishvina Arasu, Erika Chin, Victoria Kirkemo and Adrienne Walker on the second team. The Golden Knights received coaching staff of the year honors.
TWO SAINTS ON FIRST TEAM
St. Lawrence seniors Emma Berry and Nicole Matos were named to the first team on the Liberty League field hockey all-star squad.
Berry contributed two goals and two assists. Matos was named first-team goalkeeper for the second time.
BEARS TOP THREE EVENTS
The SUNY Potsdam equestrian team finished first in three events on Saturday at SUNY Geneseo.
Juniors Ellen Norton and Rose Wendling won the intermediate flat and walk trot events, respectively, while freshman Olivia Allard finished first in the beginner walk trot.