Busy Blue Devils

Fredonia State fell Saturday to the Neumann Knights, 4-1, on the second day of their two-game men’s hockey series at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

Four different players scored goals for the Knights, who improved to 7-4-3 while the Blue Devils fell to 2-8-2. Meanwhile, Neumann junior goaltender Ben Curley turned aside 36 of 37 Fredonia State shots to earn his second win in as many days. He authored a 1-0 shutout Friday.

Senior forward Matt Owczarczak scored the lone Fredonia State goal, his first of the season, at 7:54 of the second period. Freshman winger Travis Fernley dug out the puck from behind the net to set up the scoring play. Junior winger Stephen Castriota was also credited with an assist.

Owczarczak’s goal cut the Neumann lead to 2-1, yet the Knights weren’t finished. Goals by Mike Cauley and Jory Mullin upped the margin to three goals before the teams played a scoreless third period. Mullin’s goal came during a five-minute Neumann power play.

Fredonia State had a hard time getting the puck out of its defensive end for much of the first period and the Knights cashed in. Brandon Gagne opened the scoring at 14:38 when he stuffed the puck into the left corner from alongside Blue Devil freshman goaltender Jeff Flagler.

The Knights made it 2-0 less than a minute later on a goal by Kajon McKay.

Flagler made 30 saves. He had 44 saves in the Blue Devils’ loss Friday.

The Blue Devils play twice against New Hampshire schools – Tuesday at New England College, Wednesday at Franklin Pierce – before returning home next Saturday to face Curry at 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Cortland dribbles past Devils

CORTLAND – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell 76-54 to the Cortland Red Dragons on Saturday.

The Devils were led by Robert Lyles with 20 points and four assists. Tyrone Clark added 15 points.

Cortland took a 45-26 lead into the half. The game featured six ties and six lead changes in the first nine minutes of play. Cortland took a 21-19 lead at the 11-minute mark following a three-pointer by Kevin McMahon. It would be the start of a 27-8 run for the Red Dragons.

Cortland (9-3 overall, 4-1 SUNYAC) was led by Lammard Herron with 16 points, one of four players to score in double digits.

The Devils (3-8, 0-4) travel to Brockport on Tuesday.

Women’s Basketball

Red Dragons slip past Devils

CORTLAND – Tied 68-all with just over three minutes to play, the Fredonia State women’s basketball team could not hold on, falling to Cortland, 82-75, on Saturday.

The Devils mounted their biggest lead of the game, 59-49, following a Sabrina Macaulay layup with 12:32 left to play in the second half. After two more lead changes and two more ties, Cortland took the lead for good with 2:42 remaining on a jumper by Grace Williamson to make it 70-68.

Fredonia State senior Becky Hebert led all scorers with 29 points, including four three-pointers. Fellow senior Jaimie Warren added 19 points and eight rebounds. Macaulay finished with nine points and 14 boards. Freshman point guard Alexis Cheatham dished our eight assists and had nine points.

Cortland (8-4 overall, 4-1 SUNYAC) was paced by Megan Toughy with 27 points. Caysea Cohen added 20.

Both teams nailed 10 three pointers, and combined for 59 trips to the free throw line. The Devils shot 21 of 27 (78 percent) from the charity stripe, while Cortland was 18 of 32.

The Devils held a 43-30 advantage in rebounds, but lost the turnover battle, 23-12. Each team had 19 assists.

The Devils (6-4, 1-3) play at Brockport on Tuesday.

Swimming & Diving

Rokos Rocks the Pool

Fredonia State sophomore Sam Rokos was a triple winner as the women’s swimming and diving teams returned to the pool for the first time this semester.

Rokos won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles, and was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that touched first. Rokos timed in at 2:00.64 in the 100, and 5:24.82 in the 500.

She was accompanied by Ellie Brion, Jenni Smith and Kristen Champoux in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet turned in a time of 1:44.02.

Diver Katelyn Haley claimed the 3-meter board with a score of 252.15. She finished second off the 1-meter board, just three points behind Ithaca’s Nickie Greisemer.

The Devils had spent the previous week training in south Florida. It was the team’s first meet in roughly one month.

Meanwhile, the men’s swimming and diving team returned home from training in Florida for its first meet of the semester, winning 10 events while competing against both Nazareth and Ithaca Colleges in a tri-meet.

The Devils opened the meet by taking the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:42.72. Adrian Van Hall, Adam Clouthier, Troy Lubanski and Liam Jones made up the quartet.

John Estanislau was a triple winner, taking the 1,000 freestyle (10:23.78), the 100 breast stroke (1:02.26) and the 100 butterfly (:54.46).

Will Baker claimed two individual wins – the 200 freestyle (1:50.45) and the 100 freestyle (:50.10).

Van Hall won the 500 freestyle (5:03.25), Clouthier took the 200 breast stroke (2:20.6) and Lubanski claimed the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.29).

David Adamczak won the 50 freestyle in :22.84.

Off the boards, Arron Carlson was a provisional NCAA qualifier with a score of 288.30 on the 3-meter board. Rafael Santiago won the 1-meter board with a score of 267.55.

Head coach Arthur Wang saw continued progress in a strong men’s team following what he described as “an arduous training trip” down south.