Busy Blue Devils

Fredonia State staked nationally ranked Plattsburgh to an early lead and was unable to recover in SUNYAC men’s hockey Friday at Steele Hall.

The Blue Devils allowed two goals in the early minutes and trailed 3-0 after the first period. They eventually fell 4-2 to the Cardinals, who are ranked No. 3 by USCHO.com and No. 1 by D3Hockey.com.

The game featured the first collegiate goal for Blue Devil freshman forward Travis Fernley. Junior forward Jared Wynia had Fredonia State’s other goal.

Mark Constantine, Dakota Mason, Connor Gorman and Luke Baleshta scored for the Cardinals, who improved to 4-0 both overall and in the SUNYAC.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

Plattsburgh took the early 1-0 lead on Constantine’s goal at 3:01 of the first period, his third goal of the year. Mason made it 2-0 just over a minute later, and Gorman added to the lead later in the period.

Wynia cut the Fredonia State deficit to 3-1 at 6:23 of the second period. What momentum the Blue Devils gained was quickly lost when Baleshta scored less than a minute later.

Fernley had the only goal of the third period.

Plattsburgh’s Mathieu Cadieux had 22 saves while Fredonia State freshman Christopher Eiserman made 24 stops.

The Blue Devils return to SUNYAC competition Saturday when they play host to the Potsdam Bears. Face-off is 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Fredonia State roars past Union, 98-89

ROCHESTER – Fredonia State erased a double-digit deficit with a big second-half run en route to a 98-89 opening-game win Friday over the Union Dutchmen at Nazareth College.

“I thought we played good and we played with a lot of heart,” Fredonia State coach Phil Seymore said. “We had 15 assists and only three turnovers. For us to be up like that and out-rebound them (like we did), that’s something that last year’s team wouldn’t have done.”

The Blue Devils trailed 81-69 with just under seven minutes left, then closed out the game with a 30-8 run, led by sophomore Robert Lyles, who had 21 of his career-high 32 points in the second half.

Kevin Federation added 18 points, Alexander Grace added 12 and Markus Williams and John Kovach had 11 points each to make the Fredonia State head coaching debut of Phil Seymore a successful one.

The Blue Devils led the entire first half and were up by as many as 16 points. They maintained their advantage until a three-point basket by Terrell Winney gave Union its first lead, 63-61, with 13:42 remaining. The Dutchmen opened up a 12-point lead, 81-69, with 6:55 left, before the Blue Devils closed out with a surge.

The comeback began with a rebound basket by Kovach, followed by four free throws by Lyles and two by Grace. Lyles then connected on a three-point basket, a conventional two-pointer, and another three-pointer to complete a 16-2 run in under three minutes. Fredonia State led 85-82 and never trailed again.

In addition to the play from Lyle and his other starters, Seymore’s team had a 32-19 scoring advantage from its bench. In addition, statisticians credited the Blue Devils with 22 points off turnovers, and none for Union.

Fredonia State will meet either host Nazareth or Sage at 4 p.m. Saturday in the tournament championship game.

Women’s Basketball

Hebert’s basket lifts Blue Devils to win

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Becky Hebert converted a layup with :05 left to send the Devils to a 60-58 victory over Marietta in its season opener Friday at the Greg Richards ’08 Memorial Tournament hosted by Allegheny College.

Hebert finished with a game-high 24 points – she also grabbed seven rebounds – and freshman point guard Alexis Cheatham had 13 points and six assists to lead the Blue Devils to victory in the Fredonia State coaching debut of Linda Hill MacDonald.

Candice Alexander finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Marietta. Heather Booth and Sierra Sigman finished with 10 points each.

Baskets by Alexander and Tori Dixon put Marietta on top 58-56 with 1:47 left. After a missed shot by Hebert, the Pioneers had a chance to push their lead out further. Fredonia State’s Jaimie Warren thwarted that effort with a steal, which Cheatham converted into a layup with :44 left.

The Pioneers called a timeout prior to a missed three-point shot by Dixon. Hebert rebounded at the defensive end. Later at the offensive end, she rebounded a teammate’s missed shot and scored a put-back basket to give her team its final lead.

The game ended without Marietta attempting a final shot.

The Blue Devils led by as many as seven points and never trailed by more than three points. They shot 44.8 percent from the field and held Marietta to 35.2 percent, including just 2 of 24 from three-point range.

The teams played to a 29-all tie at the break. Hebert led all scorers with 10 and Cheatham had seven points. Marietta spread the scoring around, with nine different players scoring, led by Booth and Sigman with six points.

The Blue Devils are back in action Saturday against tournament host Allegheny. Game time is 8 p.m.

Swimming & Diving

Men, women

swim past Alfred

The Fredonia State men’s swimming and diving team defeated Alfred University, 140-97, on Friday evening in Steele Hall.

The Devils opened the meet in the 200 medley relay, winning in a time of 1:41.31. Eric Jordan, Adam Clouthier, Troy Lubanski and Andrew Case were the winning quartet.

John Estanislau claimed a pair of freestyle victories, taking the 50 and 500 in times of :22.13 and 4:56.45, respectively.

Adrian Van Hall took the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:29.38.

Diver Rafael Santiago won the 1-meter board with a score of 247.25. Arron Carlson was on his heels with a second-place score of 245.70.

Off the 3-meter board, it was Jeff Matter winning with a score of 263.10.

Clouthier, who was also on the winning relay team, won the 100 breast stroke in a time of 1:02.74. The Devils swept the top-three spots in the event, with Kris Harris and Justin Hawes finishing second and third, respectively.

Head coach Arthur Wang continued to see progress with his teams.

“A take away from this meet was the depth the teams showed,” Wang said. “We didn’t win every event, but the team picked each other up in the other events getting lots of seconds and thirds.”

Meanwhile in the women’s meet, Junior Elle Brion won three events as Fredonia State topped Alfred University, 150-84.

Fellow junior Stephanie Rosa claimed two wins for the Devils, as did sophomore Sam Rokos. Senior Larissa Dobson also had two wins.

The women began the meet by claiming the 200 medley relay, as Rosa, Dobson, Jami Barber and Rachel Morgano finished in 1:56.51.

The team finished the meet by taking the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:45.13. Brion, Jenni Smith, Kristen Champoux and Rokos made up the winning quartet.

Brion’s other victories were in the 1,650 freestyle in a time of 18:38.68 and the 100 freestyle in :57.72.

Rokos took the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:01.12.

Rosa’s individual win was in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.30. She edged out Alfred’s Chrissy Behr, who finished :00.30 seconds off the pace.

Dobson’s won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.03. The Devils finished 1-2-3 in the event as Danielle Dembrow and Lauren Goeing placed and showed.

Diver Katelyn Haley won the 1-meter board with a score of 218.25. Ashley Keller won the 3-meter board with a 263.10

Next Saturday, both the teams travel to R.I.T. for a 1 p.m. meet.