Blue Devils laxers match single-season wins mark of 14; Baseball drops two

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No. 17 Fredonia State rolled over Potsdam, 18-4, to improve to 14-0 and tie a single-season team record for wins in a season.

The Blue Devils, 6-0 in the SUNYAC, matched the 14 wins recorded by last year’s team en route to Fredonia State’s first-ever NCAA appearance in women’s lacrosse.

“The big thing is that we pushed our record to 14-0 and tied our school record for wins in the season,” coach Chris Case said. “Our team played pretty well today. We’ve had another good week of practice and performed well again.”

There are two regular-season games remaining – Tuesday at Brockport, and next Saturday at No. 4 Cortland.

It was Senior Day on a cold and blustery afternoon at University Stadium and all four Blue Devil seniors had integral roles in the outcome. Rachael Reinis (Webster) led the scoring with six goals, Erin Edson (Amherst) had three goals, Kaila Fox (Clifton Springs) had two, and goalkeeper Casey Chiesa (Baldwinsville) was credited with three saves.

Chiesa improved her career record to 48-18, adding to her school record for wins and saves (559).

“She’s been a huge part of our success,” Case said. “She’s started every game the past four years for this program. She’s had a phenomenal career at Fredonia.

“Reinis had a huge game for us and she’s also in the top 10 in several career statistic categories. Erin Edson’s a very versatile player who’s played defense, mid and attack in her four years. Kaila’s a junior college transfer so she’s only been with us for two years. Since she’s joined the program, her record is 28-5. She’s brought a lot to this program and done a lot on the attack side of the ball.

“All have very high GPAs and, as we all know, Division III is about the student-athlete and I’m proud to say they’ve excelled in the classroom as well.”

Blue Devil junior Katie Kleine had 12 draw controls, the most by a Fredonia State player since at least 2006.

In addition to the scoring by the seniors, Katie Glagolev also had two goals while Marissa Cussins. Kleine, Mary Bruton, Alicia Jones, and Juliana Kotas had one goal each. Cussins was credited with three assists while Fox, Kleine, and Glagolev had two assists each. Cussins had six ground balls; Bruton and Reinis had four each.

Whitney Bosart had two goals for Potsdam, Bailey Weigel took four draw controls, and goalkeeper Jen Chmiel made nine saves. The loss dropped the Bears to 4-8 overall, 1-5 in the SUNYAC.


Devils drop double

dip at Oswego

OSWEGO – The Fredonia State baseball team dropped a pair of SUNYAC road contests, 7-5 and 10-5, at Oswego on Saturday.

Fredonia State (7-7 SUNYAC, 16-10 overall) was led by Conner Lorenzo with four hits, Brian Sheehan with three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch and Dillon Lowe with three hits in the doubleheader.

John Bennett was 2 for 3 in Game 2.

Oswego improves to 8-6 in the conference, and 15-12 overall.

The Devils are back in Oswego with a single game at noon on Sunday to conclude the series.

Track & Field

Kurbs ties pole vault record, two others join Top 10 lists

CORTLAND – Olivia Kurbs tied the Fredonia State outdoor women’s pole vault record Saturday at the Cortland Classic.

Kurbs cleared 3.25 meters (10′ 8″) to finish fifth in the event. That matched the school record previously shared by Chelsea Caruso from May 2011 and teammate Kelci Yousett from last May.

Two other Fredonia State women joined the Top 10 lists in their respective events. Anna Dambacher sprinted a preliminary time of 12.91 seconds in the 100 meters, then had a second-place time of 13.72 seconds in the final. Her prelim time is now No. 8 at Fredonia State. Lauren Acavedo measured out at 29.88 meters (98′ 0″) in the javelin, also the new No. 8 performance. She finished fourth in the event.

Dambacher was also second in the 200 meters with a time of 27.22 seconds while Acavedo had company in the javelin. Meghan Devine was sixth with a throw of 26.96 meters (88′ 5″) while Loren Metzger was seventh at 24.85 meters (81′ 6″).

In other field events, Kathleen Goodberlet finished third in the shot put (10.95 meters/35′ 11 1/4″) and seventh in the hammer throw (40.75 meters/133′ 8″); Emily Cummiskey was fourth in the long jump (5.14 meters/16′ 10 1/2″) while Metzger was fifth (42.46 meters/139′ 4″) and Jessica McClean was eighth in the hammer (38.23 meters/125′ 5″).

In one other running result, Alexis Perez finished seventh in the 100 meters with 14.12 seconds in the final after a 13.03-second preliminary time.

Kayleigh Wasilewski earned 3,224 points to finish seventh in a field of 12 women in the heptathlon.

On the men’s side, Fredonia State had two event winners Saturday at the Cortland Classic.

Cody Dahleiden won the pole vault and Carl Caughell won the 110-yarrd high hurdles. In addition, Alex Brennan was third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.

Dahleiden cleared 4.65 meters (15′ 3″) in the pole vault and won a jump-off over Brockport freshman Cameron Shaughnessy. It was Dahleiden’s best vault of the season.

Caughell had a finals time of 15.67 seconds in the 110 hurdles after running 15.17 seconds during his preliminary heat, the second-fastest time of the day.

Brennan’s third-place long jump measured out at 6.84 meters (22′ 5 1/4″), and his fourth-place triple jump at 12.79 meters (41′ 11 1/2″).

In other events, Kyle Collins ran a season-best of 15:56.14 in the 5,000 meters – fifth overall and fourth among collegians.

Also, Zakk Hess was fifth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:04.85, Jesse Mintz was fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:14.09, and Max Radley was fifth in the hammer throw with a throw of 47.71 meters (156′ 6″).

Tyler Gajewski (Dunkirk) was sixth and Douglas Imperi 12th in the decathlon. Gajewski had 5,078 points and Imperi had 4,401 points. There were 16 men in the competition.