First loss of the season
BROCKPORT – Fredonia State sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday, a 13-8 SUNYAC setback to the Brockport Golden Eagles.
“They were pretty down,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said of the mood of his team after the game. “I think they’re still pretty down. We were pretty confident about playing a solid game (Tuesday) and getting another victory.
“Brockport worked hard and played better than we did,” Case continued. “We were pretty sloppy with the ball to be honest. We played a lot of defense and we couldn’t catch the ball and it turned into turnovers.”
The Blue Devils fell to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the SUNYAC, while the Golden Eagles improved to 11-5 and 5-3.
“We certainly weren’t looking past Brockport,” Case said. “They are a very good team and they have some good athletes on their team. It showed (Tuesday).”
Fredonia State can still claim the SUNYAC title with a victory Saturday at No. 4 Cortland.
“I think we do have the ability to go into Cortland and win,” Case said. “We had a close game with them last year when we lost, 8-7. We just have to play within ourselves and play as a team. I think we can give Cortland a very good game. As long as we’re close, I think we’ll have a chance to win.”
The Blue Devils, newly ranked at No. 14 earlier in the day, never led Tuesday. They were down 4-1 midway through the first half when junior defender Katie Kleine, an Empire Region all-star last season, left the game with an injury. She did not return.
“It didn’t help that one of our stars, Katie Kleine, sat out three quarters of the game with an injury,” Case noted. “But we just didn’t play … It was one of those days. Over the course of he season, your team is going to have one of those days where everything wasn’t clicking and that day (for us) was (Tuesday).”
Senior Erin Edson cut the deficit to 7-5 with 22:31 left yet the Blue Devils could get no closer.
“I told them after the game to keep their heads up and be mentally tough with this situation,” Case said. “And if we beat Cortland on Saturday we can be conference champions and host the conference championships.”
Edson, senior Kaila Fox, and junior Shelby DePew had two goals each while sophomore Katie Glagolev had one goal and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa was credited with 10 saves.
Erica Zartman led Brockport with six goals.
The Blue Devils entered the game as one of four remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division III.
Devils up to No. 14, Reinis cited by
For the second straight week, Fredonia State moved up there spots in the NCAA Division III rankings – up from No. 17 last week. Their current No. 14 rank is the highest in the history of the program.
The poll is conducted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
In addition to their IWLCA placement, the Blue Devils are No. 2 – behind Cortland – in the NCAA New York Region rankings. The regional rankings are used to determine berths into the national tournament next month.
Brockport is No. 5 in the New York Region and also received votes in the IWLCA D-3 rankings.
One other SUNYAC team, Geneseo, received votes in the IWLCA poll. The Blue Devils edged the Blue Knights, 9-8, on April 9 as Reinis scored the game-winning goal, one of three she’s netted this season. She scored nine goals on 12 shots in two games last week and has 33 goals and 10 assists this season, third on the team with 43 points. Her shooting percentage (.579) is best among Blue Devil starters.
Reinis is the third different Blue Devil field player to receive the SUNYAC award this spring. Junior midfielder Marissa Cussins won the honor March 18, and junior defender Katie Kleine was the April 8 award winner.
Fredonia State and Medaille split a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at Blue Devil Field. The Mavericks won the opener, 6-4, while the Blue Devils bounced back in the nightcap, 5-3.
Senior right-hander Raela Wiley-Delp pitched a complete game and improved her record to 3-7 in the Blue Devils’ win. She scattered 10 hits and walked three. She also pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the first game.
Freshman Izzy Simon went 3 for 3 to lead a 12-hit Fredonia State offense. Senior Tina Schwartzmeyer and sophomore Cherise Gunnell had two hits each. Schwartzmeyer also had two hits in Game 1.
The Blue Devils (8-21) broke on top with four runs in the third inning. Senior Anne Wasik (Fredonia) delivered a two-run single, freshman Madeline Medina had a sacrifice fly, and senior Jamie Atkins drove in a run with an infield ground out. The Blue Devils added an unearned run in the fourth.
Mary Kate Bongiovanni led the Medaille offense with three doubles. Amanda Mesi (6-7) was the losing pitcher.
In the first game, Kiera Diana hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run fourth inning for Medaille. It gave the Mavericks a 5-0 lead.
The Blue Devils responded with four runs in the fifth, including a RBI double by Schwartzmeyer. Gunnell followed with an RBI double and Medina with an RBI single.
Sophomore Kate Nicholson had two hits for the Blue Devils and senior right-hander Alyssa Brognano was tagged with the loss (4-9). Nicole Gulisano (7-7) was the winning pitcher.
The Blue Devils close out the home portion of their season today against Alfred. Scheduled game time is 3:30 p.m.