Cheatham’s 27 not enough as Devils fall to?Geneseo

GENESEO – The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped an 81-70 road decision at Geneseo on Tuesday evening.

The Devils saw freshman Alexis Cheatham deliver a career-high 27 points. Her stat line also included six three-pointers and six assists.

Sophomore Sabrina Macaulay contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior Jaimie Warren had eight points and 11 rebounds.

The loss dropped the Devils to 3-4 in the SUNYAC and 8-5 overall.

Geneseo upped its record to 3-3 in the conference and 9-4 overall. Alison McKenna added 24 points for the Knights.

The first half was tightly contested, with neither team leading by more than four points. Geneseo took a 41-39 lead into the break.

The Devils connected on nine three pointers compared to four by the Knights. Geneseo held a 44-33 edge in rebounds.

The team returns home this weekend with Potsdam and Plattsburgh visiting Steele Hall.

Game times are 6 p.m. Friday vs. Potsdam, and 2 p.m. vs. Plattsburgh on Saturday.

Men’s Hockey

Blue Devils outscore Elmira, 5-4

Stephen Castriota scored a power-play goal with 47 seconds left Tuesday to lift Fredonia State over Elmira, 5-4, in men’s college hockey at Steele Hall.

Stationed in front of the net, Castriota chipped in a rebound after Elmira goaltender Sal Magliocco stopped a shot from the left faceoff circle by Zach White.

Magliocco went to the Elmira bench in favor of an extra attacker following the ensuring faceoff. A Fredonia State penalty with 9 seconds left gave the Soaring Eagles a 6-on-4 advantage.

Fredonia State goaltender Jeff Flagler made a save with 4 seconds left. Following a second faceoff, he made one final save as time expired.

Flagler finished with 48 saves and won his second straight game in net to improve to 2-3-0. The Blue Devils improved to 5-8-3 overall, including 3-0-1 in their last four games.

The Soaring Eagles fell to 9-7-0. They defeated the Blue Devils, 5-0, when the teams met Nov. 19 in Elmira.

Castriota earned the No. 1 star to cap a milestone day for him. He was named SUNYAC Player of the Week earlier in the day and now has points in five straight games, including the winning goal and one assist Tuesday. The goal was his seventh of the season.

Elmira’s Josh Burnell had one goal and three assists to earn the No. 2 star. Fredonia State defenseman Jeff Wilkinson was chosen as the No. 3 star with three assists.

Jared Wynia, Alex Perkins, Travis Fernley and Frankie Hart were the other goal scorers for Fredonia State, who were outshot 52-26.

The Blue Devils completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with Tuesday’s game. They return to SUNYAC competition with a pair of home games this weekend – Friday vs. Oswego and Saturday vs. Cortland.

Men’s Basketball

Knights top Devils

GENESEO – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell 79-63 to Geneseo on Tuesday. Sophomore Robert Lyles led the Devils with 20 points.

Senior Tyrone Clark turned in an all-around performance with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals. John Kovach scored 12 points and had five rebounds.

The Devils scored first and lead until the halfway point of the first half. Geneseo’s Devon Anderson converted a layup to give the Knights a 19-17 lead. Up to that point, the Devils’ biggest lead was seven points. Geneseo took a 36-31 lead into the half.

The Devils tied the game twice early in the second half before gaining back the lead. With the score tied 40-all, Clark made good on a three-point play to give the Devils a three-point lead, 43-40, with 12 minutes to play.

The Knights would take back the lead for good with an 18-2 run to make it 58-45.

The Devils fell to 0-6 in the SUNYAC and 3-11 overall. Geneseo moves to 5-1 and 11-2 overall. They were led by Andy Drescher with 21 points. Gordon Lyons had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.

The Devils return to Steele Hall to play host to Potsdam and Plattsburgh this weekend.