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Potsdam’s Conophy, Nelson Earn Honors

POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey players Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y.) and Sarah Nelson (Highlands Ranch, CO) have been recognized for their play during the week ending Feb. 17, by the Eastern College Athletic Conference West.

Conophy is the conference’s Goalie of the Week and Nelson is the Rookie of the Week.

With the Bears needing two victories to reach the ECAC West Playoffs for the second year in a row, Conophy gave Potsdam 80 shutout minutes this weekend. On Saturday against Buffalo State, the senior came off the bench in the third period to slam the door on the Bengals with seven saves in a 4-3 victory. On Sunday, Conophy got the start and stopped all 22 shots she faced in the postseason-clinching 1-0 shutout of Buffalo State. The shutout was the second of the goaltender’s career.

This season, Conophy is 3-8-2 with a .891 save percentage and a 3.55 goals-against-average. She is Potsdam’s all-time wins leader with 20 victories.

Nelson notched two critical points in Potsdam’s sweep of Buffalo State last weekend. In Saturday’s contest, the forward assisted on the Bears’

game-winning goal. On Sunday, the freshman scored the game’s lone goal to put Potsdam back in the postseason for the second year in a row.

During her rookie campaign, Nelson has three goals and four assists for seven points, while playing in 24 of the Bears 25 contests.

Next, fifth-seeded Potsdam will travel to fourth-seeded Utica College on Friday, Feb. 22, for the first round of the ECAC West Playoffs. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Waters named Player of the Week

John Coleman an Academic All-American

POTSDAM - Sophomore John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) joined an elite group of student-athletes at Clarkson University on Tuesday when he was chosen as a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American, reaching the rarefied status as National Second-Team member for Men’s Basketball.

Coleman, who has a flawless 4.0 grade-point average, becomes only the 17th student-athlete in the past 30-plus years to be named as a National Academic All-American, and the first basketball player since Ashton Fritz in 2001-02.The ECAC Upstate and Liberty League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Coleman did nothing to alter the initial high praise as a sophomore. Despite playing more of a guard’s role in his second-year, Coleman still ranked among the top 30 in the country in field goal percentage, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor. He averaged 15.0 points per game, which ranked fifth in the Liberty League, and 6.5 rebounds per contest, the eighth-highest figure in the conference. He also led the league in steals (2.3 spg) and was 15th in assists (2.0 apg).

Coleman was the sixth member of the men’s basketball team to gain CoSIDA All-District honors a few weeks ago and joined Fritz, a two-time National honoree, as the only student-athletes to gain selection to the National All-American team. Coleman was one of only two National members to have a perfect 4.0 GPA and was also the only sophomore on any of the three teams.

CU’s Abongo, Loggins Net Rookie Honors

POTSDAM - Freshmen Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) and Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) ended their first seasons in style as each was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week for the Clarkson University men’s and women’s basketball team.

Abongo gained the notice for the first time in 2012-13, averaging 15.0 points per game in a 2-1 week. In a win over Skidmore, Abongo had 14 points and three rebounds and then added 15 points and four rebounds in a loss to first-place Hobart. He finished off the campaign with 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists in a win over RIT.

For the season, Abongo averaged 9.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, both ranking in the top 25 in the conference. He also placed 14th in field goal percentage (46.1%) and was eighth in both assists (2.6 apg) and blocks (0.6 bpg).

Winning Rookie of the Week is nothing new for Loggins, who has been chosen for the award on four separate occasions in 2012-13. In three games, she averaged 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 47.7% from the floor. She had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Skidmore, her 15th double-double of the year, and then added 13 points and six rebounds against William Smith before compiling 23 points and seven boards against RIT.

Overall, Loggins averaged 17.4 points per game (third in the Liberty League) and 10.3 rebounds (second in the conference). In league games only, she posted 18.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Sophomore John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) also was chosen to the Liberty League Honor Roll for the men’s team, averaging 19.7 points per game while shooting 62.5% from the field over the course of three games.

Clarkson Skiers Garner All-League Status

POTSDAM - Six members of the Clarkson University Alpine Ski team earned all-star status from the ECSC MacConnell Division, including junior Christian Perryman (West Lebanon, NH) who placed in the second spot in the overall standings for the Golden Knights.

Additionally, fourth-year head coach Skip Fox was chosen as the ECSC MacConnell Division Coach of the Year, his first such honor since coming to Clarkson.

Perryman led four men’s skiers in MacConnell Division honors, which go to the top 15 skiers for the season according to points gathered in the 10 regular-season races. Perryman placed second with 436 points, which included a pair of first-place showings and one runner-up spot. Freshman Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY) came in third with 389 points thanks to three runners-up spots. In sixth place was sophomore Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) and in ninth was freshman Austin Florian (Southington, CT).

The women had a pair of MacConnell Division All-Stars in newcomers Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ) and Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY). Rowland placed 14th overall in the season-long standings while Yoviene made it to 15th place.

Clarkson will head to the USCSA Eastern Regionals this weekend at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carabassett Valley, Maine.

Potsdam’s Waters Player of the Week

POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey player Brett Waters (Uxbridge, Ontari) has been name the State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 17.

On Saturday night, the Bears senior captain scored the game-winning goal in Potsdam’s playoff clinching 2-1 victory over SUNY Cortland. Waters broke a 1-1 tie with a shot from the right point at 3:14 of the third period.

This season, the defenseman has two goals and eight assists for a career-high 10 points, having played in all 25 of the Bears contests. He has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points in 96 career games.

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