Blue Devils laxers clip Oneonta

ONEONTA – Fredonia State remained unbeaten with an 11-10 SUNYAC road win over the Oneonta Red Dragons in women’s lacrosse.

“I thought we got out to a little bit of a shaky start today,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “I don’t think we had our first offensive possession until eight minutes into the game, which forced us to play defense a bit. As the game progressed, we made adjustments and did some good things.”

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 20 in the latest IWLCA’s NCAA Division III poll, emerged from the see-saw contest at 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

Katie Kleine scored the game-tying and eventual game-winning goals while Casey Chiesa made 10 saves. Kleine finished with four goals, Marissa Cussins scored four goals and Rachael Reinis and Katie Glagolev had one goal each.

“Oneonta is a good, fast team and we had issues in dealing with them today,” Case said. “I thought Katie Kleine played really well today. She’s been under the weather and for her to compete the way she competed today is quite impressive.”

The Red Dragons (7-6 overall, 2-3 SUNYAC) were led by Nikki Fioretti and Jillian Dondeo with three goals each.

Neither team led by more than one goal until Kleine scored two goals in a span of five minutes, the second one with 4:36 remaining, to put the Blue Devils up 11-9.

The Red Dragons won the ensuing draw and hit a post, before Fioretti set up Caroline Tully for a woman-up goal with 1:54 left. After another Oneonta draw control, the Red Dragons’ Chelsea Collins hit a post again with one minute left. A yellow card against the Red Dragons gave the ball back to the Blue Devils for the game’s final possession.

“One of the things that hurt us a little bit was that we had to play down a man because of yellow cards,” Case said. “Both of those situations resulted in goals for Oneonta. I think with us getting a little bit careless with our checks it allowed Oneonta to get some goals they didn’t have to work hard for.”

The Blue Devils trailed 5-4 at halftime. It marked the fourth time this season they were down at intermission. They also overcame one-goal deficits vs. Elmira and Geneseo, and rallied from two goals down vs. St. John Fisher.

Next up for Fredonia State is a visit Tuesday from Buffalo State. Scheduled game time is 4 p.m. at University Stadium.