Men, women struggle in losses
The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped a 59-47 game to Geneseo in Steele Hall on Friday.
The Devils (11-12, 6-11 SUNYAC) were led by juniors Becky Hebert with 13 points and Jaimie Warren with 12. Warren added five rebounds to lead the Devils.
The game started with Geneseo’s Allison McKenna scoring the game’s first six points. The Devils responded with an 18-3 run to go up 18-9. Hebert and Grace Moore (Fredonia) each had five points during the run to spark the Devils.
The Knights worked their way back into the game and cut the Devils lead to one, 22-21, at halftime. Marissa Cussins ed the Devils with eight points.
The Devils biggest lead of the game was 10 points, coming five minutes into the second half. Leading 24-23, the Devils scored nine straight points to go up 33-23.
Geneseo took the lead for good, 40-39, on a Shannon McGinnis layup with 7:38 left to play.
The contest was the final home game for three Blue Devil seniors – Moore, Jenna Austin (Cherry Creek/Pine Valley) and Anna Riley. Moore, a Fredonia High School grad, is also the daughter of men’s head basketball coach Kevin Moore.
She finished her evening with seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Austin had two points and four rebounds. Riley had two points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
The Devils wrap up the season on Saturday at Brockport.
Men fall short in
The Fredonia State and Geneseo men’s basketball teams combined for 174 points on Friday evening. Unfortunately for the Devils, they came up on the short end, dropping a 94-80 decision in the team’s final home game of the season.
Seniors Adam LaQuier, Devin Case, Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton/Pine Valley) and Amir Billups played their final games in Steele Hall.
Kashmer had his second highest offensive output of the season, pouring in 24 points. He shot six of 12 from the field and was 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Kashmer’s season high of 25 came in January vs. Cortland.
Billups added 17 points, hitting on three of eight three pointers. Billups, the top long-ball shooter in the SUNYAC, is shooting a conference-best 46 percent (49 of 106) from long range.
Robert Lyles added 17 points. It was the freshman’s fifth straight game scoring in double digits. LaQuier added four points. Case was inactive for the game.
As a team, the Devils converted 23-of-27 (85 percent) free-throw opportunities. The Devils fell to 6-17 on the season.
Geneseo (15-9) was led by Gordon Lyons with 18 points.
The Devils wrap up the 2012-13 campaign tomorrow night at Brockport.
Devils close regular season
with 4-2 loss to Bengals
BUFFALO – Fredonia State will return to Buffalo State in the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament next Wednesday following the outcome of Friday’s regular-season finale.
The Blue Devils dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Bengals, who claimed the No. 4 playoff seed and the right to host the first-round rematch.
The Blue Devils, with a 5-9-2 conference record, earned the No. 5 seed by virtue of Potsdam’s loss Friday to Oswego.
Matt Owczarczak and Jared Wynia scored for the Blue Devils (7-15-3 overall).
Mac Balson. Nick Melligan, Shane Avery, and Matt Bessing had the Buffalo State goals. Avery’s was the game-winner. It came during a 5-on-3 power play late in the second period.
The Blue Devils put themselves a 2-0 hole early in the first period, yet it wasn’t as deep as when the teams met Nov. 30 at Steele Hall. In the earlier meeting, the Bengals scored five goals in the first 12 minutes en route a 7-3 win.
This time, Owczarczak made it 2-1 with a power-play goal in the first period before Wynia added a power-play goal with a one-timer from the right circle early in the second.
The 2-2 tie stood until right after two Blue Devils drew penalties on the same whistle. The subsequent 5-on-3 resulted in Avery’s go-ahead goal. Bessing scored late in the third period while the Blue Devils were pushing up trying to score the equalizer.
Bengal goaltender Kevin Carr finished with 17 saves while Fredonia State’s Mark Friesen stopped 21 of 25 shots.
Wednesday’s first-round game is a scheduled 7 p.m. faceoff at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The full SUNYAC men’s hockey schedule will be available Sunday at sunyac.com.
Chiesa awarded NCAA Women’s Enhancement Scholarship
Fredonia State senior student-athlete Casey Chiesa has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for women who plan on seeking a career in college athletics.
Chiesa, a four-year member of the Blue Devil women’s lacrosse team, is one of 13 recipients of a $6,000 NCAA Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship. She was the only NCAA Division III student-athlete chosen; the other 12 awardees attend NCAA Division I schools.
In addition to her athletics, Chiesa is a dean’s list Exercise Science major, is both a SUNYAC All-Academic and Commissioner’s List recipient, and has served as a student intern in the Fredonia State Athletic Training Department. She is the daughter of Christine and Dan Chiesa.
“I was really surprised,” Chiesa said. “I wouldn’t have had this opportunity had I been at another school. Being at Fredonia has led me in the right direction. The people I’ve been around have helped me realize what I want to do.”
“Casey is a well-deserving candidate for such a competitive award,” said Chris Case, head coach of women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer. “She is a person dedicated to her sport and studies and her success in both is no surprise. In addition she has been an excellent role model and just a pure pleasure to be around.”
Chiesa plans on attending Tennessee-Chattanooga to pursue a Master’s degree in Athletic Training.
A graduate of C.W. Baker High School, Chiesa has served as the Blue Devils’ starting goalkeeper since her freshman year. She has a 32-16-0 career record with 416 saves. Her win total is already a school record, while her career saves total is No. 2 all-time.
Chiesa also set the single-season school record for wins in 2012 when she and the Blue Devils posted a 14-5 record and made their first NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament appearance. She earned First Team All SUNYAC and Second Team Empire Region awards.
Last fall, Chiesa was added to the women’s soccer roster as an emergency goalkeeper after injuries sidelined the team’s two goalkeepers. She did not appear in a game.