Archive for April, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012

by
Sasha, Class of 2012

Growing up has always been something that to an extent has scared me. But now I’m within weeks from graduating college. It’s a far cry from when I first applied to Potsdam in 2008. It’s just very mind boggling. For those incoming freshman out there, all I can say is that your college years will go by fast. I couldn’t have imagined seeing myself here just four years ago, and yet, here I am in April 2012, a month and a half from Commencement. The finish line is so close. And I have been busy, with two significant papers and a plethora of other work to get done which has made me slightly stressed out. I wish graduating wasn’t so complicated! But I’ll get through it, just as I have the last three years.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

It was another full schedule this week for the Bears’ lacrosse, and softball teams.

Women’s Lacrosse

The SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team got four goals each from senior attack Maribeth Simmons and freshman Margaret Wall to earn a 12-11 SUNYAC victory over visiting Oswego State on a rainy afternoon. Wall put the Bears up 1-0 just 58 seconds into the contest. Oswego erased the lead with three straight goals from three different Lakers to make it a 3-1 contest at 22:05. Potsdam countered with two from Simmons sandwiched around one from Wall to regain a one-goal advantage at 14:05. Two minutes later Cummings set up senior attack Rachael Raffa and followed with her first of the contest to give Oswego a 5-4 lead. After back and forth scoring over the next nine minutes, Cummings notched her second of the contest to give the Lakers a 7-6 advantage, their last of the contest. Wall gave Potsdam the lead again at 1:05 of the first half with two goals in 38 seconds. The Bears took the 8-7 advantage into the break. Senior captain Whitney Boshart made it 9-7 44 seconds into the second half and Oswego played catch up the rest of the contest. Kumza scored at 28:32, but senior captain Aubrey Macintosh made it 10-8 five minutes later. Cummings buried her third at 17:07 and Kumza followed with a free position goal at 15:22 to tie the score at 10-10. Simmons notched her fourth at 11:16 and senior attack Sierra Langkammerer scored the eventual game-winner at 9:27. With 4:31 left, Laker sophomore midfielder Candace Tarana again pulled Oswego to within one. After a Potsdam turnover with under a minute to go, Laker sophomore midfielder Kaila Curatalo sprinted down the field for one last chance. However, Bears junior defender Brittany Coffey knocked the ball from her stick, Potsdam recovered and ran out the clock. On Saturday, the Bears came up short at home against Fredonia 19-10.

Men’s Lacrosse

The SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team had a rough week, losing games at Oswego 8-6 on Wednesday and 14-11 at home against Oneonta. Against the Red Dragons, Oneonta State scored the final seven goals of the game to rally the Bears. Sophomore attackman Daniel Stern had a six points (4g, 2a) to lead the Red Dragons and Bears sophomore attackman Rob Kunz matched him with three goals and three assists. Kunz played a part in four of Potsdam’s first five goals. He set up freshman attackman John Hawk for a man-up goal at 9:39. Sophomore attackman Kevin Logan made it 2-0 two minutes later. Kunz scored the next two himself at 6:01 and 5:08 to make it 4-0 Bears. Stern answered with two of his own over the next four minutes to cut the lead in half, the second coming with just 17 seconds on the clock. The Red Dragons trailed just 5-3 after the first 15 minutes. Just 22 seconds into the second quarter, Oneonta midfielder Tyler Jennings closed the gap to 5-4. However, Potsdam regained its four-goal advantage with markers from junior midfielder Pat Morrill, sophomore midfielder Jared Flath and Kunz over the next eight minutes. Red Dragon junior midfielder Alex Haffner and Stern netted the final two goals of the half and Oneonta trailed just 8-6 at the break. The Bears started strong in the third quarter, scoring three of the first four goals. Senior attack Peter Pike struck twice and Nicholas netted the third to give Potsdam an 11-7 advantage at 5:34. It was all Red Dragons after that. Oneonta scored the final four goals of the third period, including the tying goal from sophomore Joey Finnegan midfielder with just eight seconds left. Stern scored the eventual game winner 36 seconds into the final quarter.

Softball

The SUNY Potsdam softball team (9-15, 2-8 SUNYAC) took game one of their doubleheader against SUNY Brockport 5-1 but couldn’t figure out the Golden Eagles starter in the second game. In the opener, Brittany Pawlowski threw a complete game and allowed only five hits while hitting a pivotal double that scored two insurance runs in the fifth inning. The Golden Eagles (18-8, 3-5) only tally of the game came in the top of the first inning on an unearned run. The Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning after Potsdam’s first two runners reached base. Sophomore Ashley Thayer hit a fly ball to left field that hit off the glove of Brockport’s outfielder and dropped, scoring both runners. Potsdam would score a single run in the third inning on another Brockport error and added the double scoring two from Pawlowski to pull away 5-1.  Freshman Sami Brown went 3-for-3 and scored three runs to lead the Bears offense. In the second game, Potsdam was overmatched by pitcher Erin Fleming who improved to 6-1 on the season. Fleming tossed a complete game shutout and allowed only four hits while striking out three.  Brockport scored runs in the first and second innings and broke the game open with a three run fourth. They would add two more later and take the game 7-0. Emily Dumas hit a double and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI’s while Melissa Martin chipped in three hits. Thayer took the loss on the mound and fell to 6-8 on the season. Fredonia swept the Bears on the following afternoon.

Performers of the Week

Rob Kunz is the Bears Male Performer of the Week. Kunz scored three goals and added three assists in Potsdam’s loss to Oneonta and then added two points (1 g, 1 a) against Oswego.

Senior attackman Maribeth Simmons is the Bears Female Performer of the Week. Simmons three goals against Fredonia made her just the fifth Bear to reach 100 points (78 g, 22 a) in her career and followed that with a four goal game against Oswego St.

Weekly Preview

The men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) hosts Plattsburgh on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then go to Geneseo on 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The women’s lacrosse team (4-8, 1-4 SUNYAC) travels to Cortland for a 4 p.m. game on Tuesday afternoon and then head to Buffalo St. on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The softball team (9-17, 2-10 SUNYAC) hosts SUNY Canton on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. before hitting the road for a conference weekend. The Bears go to Cortland on Friday at 3 p.m. and Oswego on Saturday.

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Women’s Lacrosse

Oneonta State got eight goals and an assist from senior attack Rebecca Monteith and four goals from junior attack Caroline Tulley to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team 17-11 at Maxcy Turf Field Tuesday afternoon. Senior captain Whitney Boshart and freshman midfielder Margaret Wall each had a three goals and one assist to lead the Bears. Potsdam started quickly in the first half. After a Red Dragon turnover, Wall fed Boshart to put the Bears up 1-0 just 1:05 into the game. Monteith answered four minutes later to knot the score at 1-1. Senior attack Maribeth Simons scored the next two to put Potsdam back in front 3-1 at 21:08. After Tulley and freshman attack Nicole Boylan tied the game again, Bears junior attack Denise Johns struck twice to give Potsdam a 5-3 advantage with 7:49 left in the half. The Red Dragons closed the half with a 4-0 run, including two more from Monteith, to take a 7-5 lead into the break. Tulley made it 8-5 just 49 seconds into the second half. Twice Potsdam closed to within a goal with three of the next four markers. Wall scored her second at 20:51 make it a 9-8 Oneonta lead, but Potsdam couldn’t get closer. The Red Dragons seized control of the contest with an 8-3 run. Monteith scored five times during the stretch to put the game out of reach. On Saturday, Geneseo defeated Potsdam 22-9.

Men’s Lacrosse

The SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team scored two goals in the final 3:17 to defeat Brockport 10-9 in its SUNYAC opener on the road Saturday afternoon. Juniors Pat Morrill and Ryan Paparella each scored three goals for the Bears. The teams traded goals and leads over the first two quarters. Paparella struck with an assist from sophomore attack Rob Kunz at 3:38 of the first quarter to open the scoring. Golden Eagle Austin Riley put Brockport up 2-1 with markers at 1:38 of the first quarter and 14:00 of the second. Morrill knotted the score at 2-2 at the 7:40 mark and the count was unchanged at the break. In the third quarter, the offense picked up, but neither team was able to pull away. The Golden Eagles scored three goals, but Potsdam countered each one with a goal from Morrill, two from Paparella and a man-up tally from freshman midfielder John Hawk for a 6-5 advantage after 45 minutes. The teams alternated the first four goals of the final quarter, including strikes from junior attack Kyle Nicholas and Morrill, to keep Potsdam up 8-7. However, Matt Andon-McLane and Alex Austin scored 37 seconds apart to put Brockport back in front 9-8 with 4:59 left. Again, Nicholas answered for the Bears with an assist from sophomore midfielder Jared Flath to tie the score with 3:17 left. Freshman midfielder Dave Kunz won the next faceoff and fed Flath who found senior attack Peter Pike for the game-winner with 2:27 left. Brockport had four shots in the final 49 seconds, but each sailed wide of the Bears net. Prior to that contest, the Bears fell at Clarkson 13-8 on Wednesday.

Softball

The SUNY Potsdam team played their first home games of the season last week. The Bears were defeated in the home opener against St. Lawrence by scores of 9-4 and 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Potsdam returned to action on Friday against New Paltz and were swept 8-4 and 15-4. In their final action of the week, Potsdam took on Oneonta at Maxcy Hall and came up short. The Bears held an 8-6 lead going into the sixth inning of the first game of the doubleheader. However, the Red Dragons would rally to score three runs in the inning and take a 9-8 lead. The Bears had the tying run on third base with two outs but sophomore Ashley Thayer was robbed of a base hit and thrown out at first base to end the game. In the following game, Oneonta came away with a 4-2 victory.

Performers of the Week

Junior midfielder Pat Morrill is the Bears Male Performer of the Week. Morrill scored two goals in a loss at Clarkson and followed that up with a three-goal performance in a 10-9 win over Brockport.
Senior infielder Katie Nawrot is the Bears Female Performer of the Week. Nawrot entered the week with one career home run but blasted long balls against New Paltz and Oneonta. Both homers cleared the left field fence and were two-run shots.

Weekly Preview

The men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 1-0 SUNYAC) hits the road for a game at Oswego on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then returns home for Saturday’s contest at 2 p.m. against Oneonta.

The women’s lacrosse team (3-7, 0-3 SUNYAC) hosts Oswego on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then Fredonia at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The softball team (8-14, 1-7 SUNYAC) has a full schedule of home games. On Tuesday, the Bears take on crosstown rival SUNY Canton at 2 p.m. and then SUNYIT on Wednesday at 3:30. Brockport comes to town on Friday at 3 p.m. and then Potsdam wraps up the home portion of their schedule on Saturday against Geneseo at noon.