Devils sail past Lakers, 3-0
POTSDAM – The Fredonia State volleyball team won convincingly over Oswego in SUNYAC Pool Play on Friday night. The Devils won 3-0 by set scores of 25-17, 25-6 and 25-16.
The team was led offensively by Kaitlin Orcutt with eight kills. Jessica DiChristopher and Paulina Rein had seven kills apiece. Rein, Sara Madison and Kelly Edinger each had three service aces. The Devils had 14 aces for the match. Edinger added 28 assists.
Defensively, Lauren Hokaj had nine digs and Madison had eight.
Fredonia State moves to 15-8 overall, and 2-2 in the SUNYAC. Oswego falls to 13-10 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Play continues today as the Devils take on Cortland at 12:30 p.m. followed by host Potsdam at 3 p.m.
Overtime unlucky for Blue Devils
The Fredonia State men’s soccer team lost in overtime to SUNYAC opponent Cortland, 1-0, Friday at University Stadium. The loss drops the Devils to 1-3-0 in conference play, with all three losses coming in overtime.
Cortland’s Bryan Merlos sent a through ball past defenders to connect with Robby Reiser for the game winner a minute into the first period of overtime. The win puts Cortland at 4-1 in the SUNYAC, and 7-5 overall.
Despite the loss Fredonia State outshot Cortland 16-15. Luke Tylutki led the Blue Devil offense with six shots.
A.J. Grecco finished with four saves.
Cortland represented the best chance to score in regulation when Chris McBride broke away from defenders only to be stopped by a diving Grecco with seven minutes left in play.
The Blue Devils, 4-8 overall, return to SUNYAC action today when they host Oswego. Play is set to begin at 1 p.m.
The Alumni Game is scheduled to be played at 9 a.m. at University Stadium as Homecoming Weekend continues.
Cortland blanks Blue Devils
CORTLAND – The Fredonia State women’s soccer team lost to Cortland, 2-0, in SUNYAC competition Friday afternoon.
Amanda Margolis connected on her third goal of the season five minutes into the first period for the Red Dragons (6-3-4 overall, 4-0-2 SUNYAC). The score proved to be the game-winner.
“We have done this two times in a row,” Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. “We give them a goal five minutes in and set the tone for the game, and unfortunately, it turned out to be another loss.”
The Blue Devils (2-7-2 overall, 0-3-1 SUNYAC) did not allow another score until the 72nd minute when Jessica McFadden one-timed a pass from teammate Rachel Parker.
Jenna Smolinski (Hamburg) and Jordyn Ruston each had two shots to lead the Blue Devils. Fredonia State was outshot 16-6 on the day.
“I thought we played better in the second half,” Case said. “We created a few more chances and were close to scoring in two different cases.”
Fredonia State freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey made four saves.
The Blue Devils continue SUNYAC play today at Oswego.
“(Today’s) game is going to be critical,” Case said. “Our next three games are against teams in the bottom half of our conference. If we can win those three, we will be right there. We know if we can (win today), it’s a step towards that last spot. If we lose (today), I don’t think we are eliminated, but pretty close to it.”
Winning streak ends
at SUNYAC Tournament
BINGHAMTON – After winning six straight regular-season matches, Fredonia State fell to Oneonta, 5-0, on the first day of the SUNYAC women’s tennis tournament at the Binghamton Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils’ closest match came during No. 2 doubles when the senior duo of Miller Burmasse and Molly Zanetti fell 9-7 to Oneonta’s Emily Maggiore and Colette Lankowicz.
The Blue Devils, the No. 3 seed in the West Division, now stand at 8-4 overall. Oneonta was the No. 2 seed in the East Division and improve to 8-3.
The Devils will advance to the consolation bracket on Saturday to take on Plattsburgh at 8 a.m.