Blue Devils rally past Naz, improve to 3-0 on season

ROCHESTER – Fredonia State women’s lacrosse improved to 3-0 with a 14-11 victory Saturday over Nazareth on the second day of the Flower City Cup.

Katie Kleine and Rachael Reinis each scored five goals while Marissa Cussins added three goals. Kleine added two assists.

Casey Chiesa made eight saves in the Fredonia State goal and collected a team-high four ground balls.

Down by a 3-0 score early in the game, the Blue Devils pulled even at 5-5 on a goal by Kleine and took their first lead, 6-5, on a goal by Reinis midway through the first half. The teams were tied 8-8 at intermission.

The Blue Devils outscored the Golden Flyers, 6-3, in the second half. Fredonia State’s three-goal scoring run – one by Cussins and two by Reinis – in a span of 7:14 converted a 10-9 deficit into a 12-9 lead with 12:15 to play in regulation.

Nazareth’s Briana Mancini connected on a free-position shot just over three minutes after the run to trim the Blue Devils’ lead to one goal.

However, Cussins and Kleine added insurance goals for the Blue Devils over the next 1:12 to secure the victory.

The loss dropped Nazareth to 1-4.

Fredonia State’s top field player was Kleine with nine draw controls. Reinis collected three ground balls, Cussins took three draws, and Chiesa and Chelsea Maderer caused three turnovers each.

Shelby Depew had one goal while Reinis and Katie Glagolev had one assist each.

The Blue Devils defeated national ranked St. John Fisher, 14-13, in double overtime Friday. The Cardinals started the week at No. 14 in the IWLCA Division III rankings.

The Blue Devils will play three games in southern California starting next Friday at Redlands. They are also scheduled to meet Chapman next Saturday and Occidental on March 25. All three games will start at 10 p.m. EDT.