Devils get clutch win at Brockport

BROCKPORT – The Fredonia State women’s basketball team’s clutch play late in the game gave them a key 68-61 road victory over host SUNY Brockport on Tuesday.

The Devils’ final six points came from the free-throw line where they shot 83 percent (15 of 18) for the game, compared to Brockport’s 3-of-10 shooting from the line.

The Devils improve to 7-4 overall and 2-3 in SUNYAC play. They were led by senior Becky Hebert with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocked shots. Jaimie Warren and Alexis Cheatham had 14 points apiece, with Warren grabbing six boards. Sabrina Macaulay had a game-high 12 rebounds and nine points.

Brockport’s biggest lead of the game, 10 points, came with just more than 12 minutes to play. Lisa Yacovani nailed a trey to give the Eagles a 49-39 lead.

The Devils responded with the next three baskets to cut the lead to four. Hebert converted on a layup, followed by a pair of Brittany LaForce layups.

The Devils gained their first lead of the half, 60-58, with 2:25 left to play, following a layup by Hebert. From there, the Devils were able to ice the game from the free-throw line, shooting six of eight over the final 1:35.

Brockport (5-5, 1-2) was paced by freshman Hannah Rehbaum with 13 points and Erin Cunningham’s 12 rebounds.

The teams battled to a 31-all tie at the half.

To offset the Devils’ big advantage at the free-throw line, the Golden Eagles held a 49-32 edge on the boards.

The Devils return home Saturday to take on Buffalo State in a women’s/men’s SUNYAC doubleheader. The women tip off at 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Brockport downs Devils

BROCKPORT – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell 97-47 at Brockport on Tuesday in SUNYAC?action.

The loss dropped the Devils to 3-9 overall 0-5 in the SUNYAC. Brockport moves to 9-1 and 3-0 in conference play.

Markus Williams led the Devils with 11 points. Tyrone Clark had nine points and six rebounds and John Kovach had eight points and eight boards.

John Ivy had 23 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Golden Eagles. The Brockport offense was aided by 61-percent shooting (37 of 60).

The Devils return home on Saturday to take on Buffalo State in a women’s/men’s SUNYAC doubleheader. The men tip off at 8 p.m. following the women’s game.

Men’s Hockey

Blue Devils rally, tie nationally ranked NEC

HENNIKER – Fredonia State overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to tie nationally ranked New England College, 3-3, in men’s hockey Tuesday night.

Blue Devil defenseman Ryan Wilkinson scored the game-tying goal 55 seconds into the third period. Christopher Eiserman kept the host Pilgrims off the board the rest of the way and finished with 42 saves.

Brian Doust and Blake Forslund had the other goals for Fredonia State (2-8-3).

Three different players scored for the Pilgrims (10-4-1). They came into the game No. 18 in D3hockey.com and No. 19 in USCHO.com Division III polls.

Doust opened the scoring with his first goal of the season at 6:57 of the first period, assisted by Stephen Castriota. The 1-0 lead lasted until late in the first period, when the Pilgirms pulled even at 1-1 at 19:41 on a goal by Kyle Manlow.

NEC carried the momentum into the first intermission and built on it to take a 2-1 lead at 2:14 of the second period, as Kevin Marceau scored.

Forslund’s goal, his second of the season, pulled the Blue Devils even at 2-2 at 16:19 of the second period. Alex Perkins picked up the lone assist.

Just as it had late in the first period, NEC grabbed late momentum – and took a 3-2 lead – as Scott Cornfield tallied to put the Pilgrims up at 19:47 of the second period.

Wilkinson’s game-tying goal, assisted by Travis Fernley, was his first goal of the season and his second as a collegian in his 36th game over two seasons.

The Blue Devils managed to keep NEC off the board in the final minute of the third period, despite a Pilgrim power play which carried over into overtime.

NEC goaltender Brett Kilar finished with 33 saves.

“There were two kids on the other team who were scary good,” Fredonia State coach Jeff Meredith said. “They figured into the scoring a few times. We will play these non-conference games and see if we can get our game together before the SUNYAC starts and make a push for the SUNYAC playoffs.”

NEC is the fifth USCHO-ranked team the Blue Devils have faced this season, with SUNYAC rematches against No. 3 Plattsburgh, No. 10 Oswego, and No. 14 Geneseo in the weeks ahead.

The Blue Devils have also faced No. 1 Adrian this season.