Neumann 5-2 winners over Devils

Special to the OBSERVER

ASTON, Pa. – The Fredonia State hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to Neumann College on Saturday.

“We played unbelievably hard and we battled,” Fredonia State assistant coach Bill Silengo said. “It was an unbelievable effort. This is the most resilient bunch I have ever seen. It’s a special group that is going to work through this and do some special things later on.”

Both Fredonia State goals came on power plays in the second period. With Neumann up 3-0, Ryan Wilkinson connected on his first score of the season just over six minutes into the period. Alex Perkins and Mitch Kaufmann provided the assists.

Neumann (9-4-2) answered a minute and a half later to make it a 4-1 game.

With five minutes left in the period, Alex Perkins scored his second goal of the season as Mat Hehr was credited with his sixth assist.

Neumann added a goal in the third period to give the 5-2 final.

Fredonia State’s Jeff Holloway took the loss in goal making 24 saves and surrendering all five goals. Neumann’s Braely Torris also made 24 saves, while giving up a pair of goals.

The Devils had six power plays to Neumann’s three. The Knights held a 29-26 edge in shots on goal.

The Devils fall to 5-11-1 this season. They travel to Geneseo and Brockport next weekend to continue conference play.

Men’s Basketball

Cortland downs Devils

CORTLAND – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell to SUNY Cortland, 84-61, on Saturday.

The Devils jumped out to an early 13-7 lead, with senior Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton) accounting for the team’s first 13 points. The teams traded leads several times before Cortland eventually took the lead for good following a Lamard Herron three pointer with 5:17 to go in the first half. They led 29-26 at that point.

Cortland took a 42-28 lead into the half.

For the game, Cortland held a slight advantage in rebounds, 38-35, and had 15 turnovers to the Devils’ 17. The biggest statistical edge came at the free-throw line. Cortland converted 26 of 39 attempts, while the Devils were 11 of 16.

Kashmer led the Devils with 25 points. Robert Lyles added 11. John Kovach had eight points and eight rebounds. Cortland was paced by Kevin McMahon with 18 points.

The Devils return to Steele Hall Tuesday for a women’s/men’s doubleheader.

Women’s Basketball

Blue Devils ousted by Red Dragons

CORTLAND – The Fredonia State women’s basketball team fell to the Cortland Red Dragons, 53-44, on Saturday. The Devils now stand at 2-4 in the SUNYAC and 7-5 overall.

Fredonia State junior Jaimie Warren had a season-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds. Becky Hebert scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Sabrina MaCauley contributed a strong performance on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Cortland led 29-16 at the break. The Devils then opened the second half on an 11-2 run to pull within four points, 31-27.

The Blue Devils kept it close down the stretch pulling within seven points, 49-42, following a layup by Nikole Lindquist (South Dayton) with just under two minutes to go.

Megan Touhey and Caysea Cohen led the Dragons with nine points apiece.

Fredonia State returns to action when they play host to SUNYAC rival Brockport on Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Swimming & Diving

Devils zip Naz, fall to Ithaca

The Fredonia State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Nazareth, 193.5-104.5, and was edged out by Ithaca, 152-148, in a tri-meet in the Steele Hall Natatorium on Saturday.

Seniors Stephanie Andrasek and Elizabeth Schake were triple winners, while senior Sarah Ficarro took both diving events.

Andrasek won the 100- and 200-yard breast strokes in times of 1:11.21 and 2:34.91, respectively. Schake took both the 100 200 butterflies in 1:02.34 and 2:18.29, respectively.

Both also teamed up on the 200 medley relay team that touched first in a time of 1:54.59. Emily Ginty and Katie Donnelly completed the quartet.

Ficarro scored a 251.55 off the one-meter board. Junior Ashley Keller finished second with 239.50. Ficarro scored 245.85 to win the three-meter board. Junior Breena Cogliandro was second with 237.20, and Keller third with 234.90.

Head coach Arthur Wang was glad to see continued progression with his teams, noting that was the first time in about 10 years the Devils swept Nazareth. He was also pleased with the women’s effort in falling just short to solid Ithaca program. Wang, an Ithaca native, began his coaching career under current Bomber’s head coach Paula Miller.

The men’s swimming and diving team defeated Nazareth, 163-118, on Saturday. Junior John Estanislau and freshman Liam Jones were triple winners for the Devils.

Estanislau claimed the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:37.46, and the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.14. He was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that touched in 1:28.26.

Jones won the 200 freestyle (1:51.97) and 200 butterfly (2:07.45), as well as teaming up on the 200 medley relay (1:41.64).

Junior Adrian Van Hall was the other individual winner in swimming, claiming the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:12.60.

Senior diver Ryan Fuller took both diving events. He scored a 277.50 off the three-meter board and tallied 264.45 off the one-meter board.

Head coach Arthur Wang was glad to see continued progression with his teams, noting that was the first time in about 10 years the Devils swept Nazareth. The women claimed a 193.5-104.5 victory.

The Devils play host to Canisius College on January 26th.