Devils fall in playoffs to Bengals
BUFFALO – Fredonia State was eliminated from the SUNYAC Tournament with a 6-0 first-round loss Wednesday at Buffalo State.
The Blue Devils (7-16-3) came into the game having defeated the Bengals in their three previous post-season meetings since 2007, including two in Buffalo.
Instead, the Bengals (13-11-2) won the third meeting of the season between the teams and advanced to the SUNYAC semifinals. They will face No. 1 seed Oswego on Saturday.
Fredonia State junior goaltender Mark Friesen stopped 32 of 38 shots.
Buffalo State goaltender Kevin Carr made 17 saves.
Brett Hope and Ryan Salkeld scored first-period goals for the Bengals. Nick Melligan made it 3-0 with a power-play goal in the second period.
Melligan, Elijah Cohen and Matt Bessing completed the scoring goals in the last five minutes of the third period.
The Blue Devils were without leading scorer Mat Hehr, who missed his final collegiate game with an injury sustained in a 4-2 loss to Buffalo State last Friday.
Six Fredonia State seniors dressed their final game – forwards Will McLaughlin, Brett Mueller, Chris Jung, Ken Nosky, Ian Cosgrove and Brad Nunn.
In addition, Friesen is scheduled to graduate early in May.
Fuller sets school record; women 1, 2, 3 after prelims
BUFFALO – Fredonia State senior Ryan Fuller set a new school record in 1-meter diving during preliminaries Wednesday on the first day of the SUNYAC championship meet.
Fuller scored 504.40 points for 11 dives and is first heading into the finals Thursday night at the Burt Flickinger Center in downtown Buffalo. He is the defending SUNYAC champ in the event.
Blue Devil teammate, freshman Rafael Santiago, will start Thursday’s final in fourth place.
On the women’s side, Fredonia State divers own the first three positions following 3-meter preliminaries Wednesday. Six-time All-American Sarah Ficarro is first, followed by juniors Ashley Keller and Katelyn Haley.
Another junior, Breena Cogliandro, sits in sixth place.
Ficarro is the defending SUNYAC 3-meter champ.