Posted on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 12:02 pm under Events

Chris Lindeke, SID

Welcome to the first edition of the Athletics Blog for SUNY Potsdam admissions. I hope to contribute on a more regular basis with news and views from the world of SUNY Potsdam athletics.

We’ve had an extremely busy fall season and start to the winter season over at Maxcy Hall. The fall season wrapped up last Saturday with the cross country teams competing at the NCAA Atlantic Regional at Oneonta. While each of the fall teams (volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, cross country and golf) experienced varying degrees of success, I’m happy to report that senior volleyball player Erica Romaniello received all-conference accolades, while senior men’s soccer player Tim Ciampa earned All-District 1 Academic team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). These are both prestigious awards and the athletic department is very proud they’re student-athletes.

With the end of the fall season comes the bulk of the winter season. The men’s hockey team and the swimming & diving team each opened their regular seasons on the weekend of Oct. 29-30. Earlier this week, junior Ryan Wentz of the swimming & diving team and junior Trevor O’Neill were named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) players of the week in their respective sports!

The women’s hockey team opened its season last Saturday, Nov. 13, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams started their 2010-11 campaigns on Monday. Sophomore Jen Conophy of the women’s hockey team was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Weekly Honor Roll for her performance over the weekend.

After a few weeks of covering Bears winter sports, I have to say I am very impressed with the fan support for each team! Even the men’s hockey exhibition game against SUNY Canton on Oct. 20 was packed with fans, to the point where we ran out of game programs! On Monday, the men’s basketball team rode the support of a loud, boisterous crowd to nearly complete a comeback from a double-digit deficit. Each of the other teams has received a lot of crowd support as well. A great job by the SUNY Potsdam community in that regard.

We have another exciting weekend coming up with the swimming & diving team’s North Country Invitational on Friday and Saturday as well as a pair of men’s hockey games at 7 p.m. at Maxcy Ice Arena. The women’s basketball team is also in action, hosting SUNY Canton on Friday night at Welsh Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

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Have a great rest of the week and a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

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