Blue Devil men fall to Nazareth, 92-62

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ROCHESTER – Fredonia State men’s basketball lost to host Nazareth, 92-62, in the championship game Saturday of the BSG Tip-Off Tournament in Kidera Gymnasium.

Foul trouble plagued the Blue Devils, who fell to 1-1, including a 98-89 opening-night win Friday over Union. Nazareth was 26 of 32 from the free-throw line, compared to 10 of 17 by the Blue Devils. In addition, Fredonia State made 14 turnovers after just three Friday in their victory. Nazareth also enjoyed a 44-24 rebounding advantage.

Senior forward Tyrone Clark had 20 points while sophomore guard Robert Lyles added 10 points to go along with his 32 points against Union. Both players were chosen to the BSG all-tournament team. Also for the Blue Devils, sophomore guard Alexander Grace (Bemus Point) had eight points and five assists.

Tournament MVP Brad Ford scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Naz. He scored 20 of his points in the first half as the Golden Flyers were building their lead. They led 39-32 at halftime and outscored the Blue Devils 53-30 over the final 20 minutes.

Four others also scored in double figures for the Golden Flyers, including all-tournament team selections Jack Giles and Mitch Ford. Giles had 17 points and four assists and hit three three-point baskets. Mitch Ford had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Maurice Mills added 16 points and senior Scott Hayford had 11.

Nazareth began to pull away late in the first half. The score was tied at 17-17 before a basket by Mills triggered a 7-0 scoring run that put Nazareth ahead to stay. Brad Ford hit a three-pointer and Mitch Ford sank a pair of free throws to complete the mini-surge.

Nazareth’s lead grew to 10 points, 39-29, with less than a minute to play in the half, but Fredonia State’s sophomore forward John Kovach hit a free throw and sophomore guard Eric Zwierlein added a basket in the closing seconds to trim the lead to 39-32 at the break.

Women’s Basketball

Gators top Devils

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Allegheny College downed the Fredonia State women’s basketball team, 89-68.

Becky Hebert led all scorers with a 27-point effort and added six rebounds, four blocks and four assists. Jaimie Warren grabbed 12 rebounds and had 10 points. Brittany LaForce added 10 points. Katie Devine had nine rebounds.

The Devils outrebounded the Gators, 45-44.

Allegheny’s Kendall Hoffman had 21 points.

The Devils fall to 1-1 on the season. They travel to Nazareth on Tuesday.

Men’s Hockey

Tying, winning goals by Wynia lift Devils over Potsdam

Junior forward Jared Wynia scored the tying and winning goals Saturday as Fredonia State defeated Potsdam, 6-4, in SUNYAC men’s hockey at Steele Hall Ice Arena.

Wynia scored a power-play goal through a screen from just inside the right point to tie the score 4-4 at 11:58 of the third period. His game-winner – and third of the season – came from nearly the same spot. The shot, which was a hard, low blast into the right corner of the net, came with 5:22 left.

Junior forward Stephen Castriota also had two goals while freshman forward Marcus Ortiz scored his first collegiate goal. Senior forward Alex Perkins completed the scoring with an empty-net goal.

Mike Arnold had two goals for Potsdam. Billy Pascalli and Adam Place had one goal each.

The Bears outshot the Blue Devils, 44-34. Blue Devil freshman netminder Christopher Eiserman made 40 saves. Potsdam’s Jon Hall was credited with 28 saves.

Fredonia State scored twice in a span of 1:14 in the first period. Ortiz gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead, and Castriotta made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal. Potsdam’s Pascalli made it 2-1 on a power play before Arnold evened the score 2-2 late in the period.

The Bears tallied their second power-play goal of the game when Place scored early in the second period. Castriota scored his second goal of the game to send the teams into the third period tied 3-3 and set the stage for Wynia’s heroics.

The Blue Devils improved to 2-3 overall, 2-2 SUNYAC heading into a non-conference game Tuesday at Elmira. The loss dropped Potsdam to 0-5 in SUNYAC, 0-6 overall.

Cross Country

Foltz breaks school record again, Devils 16th in region

MOUNT MORRIS – For the third time this season, senior Kim Foltz set a new Fredonia State women’s cross country record for 6,000 meters as she raced Saturday in the NCAA Atlantic Regional.

Foltz crossed the finish line in 22:18.4 to eclipse her previous-best time of 22:30 earlier this month. She finished 27th overall to lead the Blue Devils to 16th place in the region. There were 38 full teams.

Next across the line for Fredonia State was junior Amanda Cocchiara, 72nd overall in 23:13.2, followed by senior Anna Hourihan, 77th in 23:18.6; junior Emily Palmeri, 121st in 23:58.3; and senior Becca List, 151st in 24:24. Together they earned the Blue Devils 444 points. New York University won the race with 97 points and St. Lawrence was second with 103.

Fredonia State’s other two Regional runners were senior Alissa Conti, 155th in 24:30 and freshman Lauren Kotas, 168th in 24:43.

In the men’s race, Fredonia State finished 10th. The Blue Devils totalled 322 points while Regional champ Cortland had 37. New York University was second with 62 points. There were 39 complete teams.

Fredonia State’s top finisher was junior Chris Shartrand, who was clocked in 26:05.7 over the 8,000-meter course. He finished 40th overall.

After a quick start, junior Zakk Hess finished 58th in 26:21.4. Hess led the race at the 2,000-meter mark, yet there was a stampede behind him. Only 10 seconds separated him from the Blue Devils’ next runner, sophomore Collin Mulcahy, who was in 49th place at the time.

Mulcahy finished third for the team and 65th overall in 26:27.8. Next were sophomore Kyle Collins, 72nd in 26:35.0; and junior Jed Kovalovsky, 91st in 26:51.7.

Fredonia State’s displacement runners were freshman Cody Martini, 115th in 27:13.6 and senior Steve Whittemore, 165th in 28:10.7.

Cortland junior Nick Marcantonio won the race in 25:03.5, a mere 1.1 second ahead of NYU senior Dylan Karten.