Late Neumann goal downs Blue Devils, 1-0

Neumann broke a scoreless tie late in the third period and held on to defeat Fredonia State, 1-0, in non-conference men’s hockey Friday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

In a game dominated by the two goalkeepers, Neumann’s Shayne Morrissey scored his ninth goal of the season with 1:54 remaining in the third period to account for the only goal. Stationed to the left of the crease, he chipped in a rebound after Fredonia State freshman goalie Jeff Flagler made the initial save on a shot from the right wing.

Collin O’Neil and Casey Rogers were credited with assists.

Flagler was making only his second start of the season and stood tall with 44 saves. His counterpart, Neumann junior Ben Curley, earned the shutout – his second as a collegian – with 38 saves.

The final score was not indicative of the speed of play as both teams put together good stretches in their offensive ends, resulting in several scoring chances, yet both goaltenders had solid games.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 2-7-2 overall, while the Knights improved to 6-4-3. The two teams are back in action at 3 p.m. today at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

Women’s Basketball

Devils slowed by Lakers

OSWEGO – The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped a 73-60 road decision at Oswego on Friday evening.

Fredonia State (6-3 overall, 1-2 SUNYAC) was led by senior Becky Hebert with 18 points. Sophomore Sabrina Macaulay added 12 rebounds – 10 on the defensive end – to go along with eight points and three blocks. Senior Jaimie Warren had nine points and 10 rebounds while freshman Alexis Cheatham continued her solid play with 11 points and five assists.

Fredonia State took its first and only lead seven-and-a-half minutes into the game, 9-7, following a Brittany LaForce three pointer.

Oswego then went on a 23-7 run to take a 14-point lead, 30-16, with four-and-half-minutes left. They took a 40-23 lead into the half.

The Devils pulled within eight, 43-35, early in the second half. The Lakers then would go on a scoring spree over the next seven minutes, outscoring the Devils 19-2 with 9:30 left to play.

Fredonia State had one last run, out-scoring Oswego, 23-8, over the next nine minutes to pull within 10 points, 70-60, in the closing seconds.

Oswego (4-7, 1-3) was paced by Jenn Robbins with 19 points. Lauren Nunziato and Alison Nunziato turned in identical 13-point efforts.

The Devils take on Cortland State today.

Men’s Basketball

Devils open semester with road loss

OSWEGO – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell 74-60 at Oswego on Friday evening. The Devils dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the SUNYAC.

The Devils were led by senior Tyrone Clark with 23 points and five steals. Sophomore Eric Zwierlein added 11 points. Markus Williams had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Devils trailed by three points after a closely contested first half. Neither team led by more than seven points in the period. The Lakers took a 31-28 lead into the locker room.

Early in the second half, the Devils tied the game 39-all following a three pointer by Clark with just under 16 minutes to play. The Lakers countered by converting layups on their next three possessions to take a 45-39 lead they would maintain the rest of the way.

Oswego (9-2, 3-1) was led by Daniel Ross with 21 points and Brian Sortino with 20.

The Devils travel to Cortland State today.