FSU?lacrosse sets school record with 8-0 start

ELMIRA – Fredonia State improved to 8-0 with a 10-5 women’s lacrosse win Tuesday over Elmira College.

The eight straight wins to start the season establishes a new school record. The previous record of 7-0 was held by the 2011 team.

“We lost quite a bit from our team last year,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “We lost some really key players. I’m pleasantly surprised that we’re 8-0 and some players have stepped up and filled (vacant) roles. I don’t think we’re at the level we were last year. We’ve beaten some really good teams this year. I think that’s an impressive point to our 8-0. We’ll just have to see if we can keep up that momentum. The longer you go without a loss, I think some of the mental aspects get tougher and tougher as a player.”

Using a balanced scoring attack, the Blue Devils outscored the Soaring Eagles 7-1 in the second half at Campus Field.

“In the second half, we were able to execute a little cleaner and get looks at the cage,” Case said. “Our lack of execution on free-possession shots made this game closer than it should have been. But we did get the victory.”

The loss dropped Elmira to 4-4.

Her team down 4-3 at halftime, Katie Glagolev scored an unassisted goal to forge a 4-4 tie before Alicia Jones gave Fredonia State the lead for good, 5-4, on a set up from Rachel Reinis with 18:55 remaining.

“I thought the big thing was our attack had its worst game of the year,” Case said. “We struggled to execute our game plan. And when we were lucky enough to get a shot, the goalie made a save.”

Reinis, Katie Kleine, Glagolev again, Shelby DePew and Marissa Cussins then scored in succession as the Blue Devils took a 10-4 lead with seven unanswered goals.

“I thought our defense and our defensive transition was fantastic today,” Case said. “Without it, we probably would have lost.”

Elmira broke through for its lone goal of the second half with 53 seconds left in the game.

Glagolev finished with three goals while Reinis had two goals and one assist. Cussins, Kleine, DePew, and Kaila Fox each had one goal and one assist.

The Blue Devils had a wide statistical edge in several categories – 32-12 in shots, 33-22 in ground balls, and 19-of-23 successful clears compared to 17-of-33 by Elmira.

In addition to her four saves, senior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa was credited with five ground balls. She shared the team lead with Cussins while Kleine and Reinis had three draw controls each.

The Blue Devils’ hot start has caught the attention of national pollsters. For the second week in a row, they received votes – yet failed to crack the Top 20 – in the NCAA Division III rankings conducted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Also, they entered the week as one of nine NCAA Division III unbeaten teams.

The Blue Devils return to SUNYAC competition Saturday when they play host to New Paltz. Game time is 1 p.m. on the University Stadium grass field.