FSU?women keep rolling; men win

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All five Blue Devil starters scored in double figures and sophomore Sabrina Macaulay and senior Jaimie Warren registered double-doubles, as the Fredonia State women’s basketball team handily defeated New Paltz, 81-59. It was the team’s fourth-straight win.

The victory also clinches a playoff berth for the team. Currently they stand in fourth place with four games left.

Macaulay had 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, while Warren had 11 points and 11 rebounds. It was the seventh double-double for Warren this season and the fifth for Macaulay.

Senior Becky Hebert finished with a game-high 28 points. Freshman Alexis Cheatham had 15 points and seven assists. Sophomore Brittany LaForce finished with 12 points – all coming from three-point range. She had a career-high 18 points the night before.

Freshman Kathryn Halloran added three steals, six rebounds and four points off the bench.

Courtney Irby had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks (3-12, 5-17 overall) in both categories.

The Devils dominated the boards, 51-28. They also doubled up New Paltz at the free-throw line, 22 for 27 (82 percent) compared to the Hawk’s 11 of 18.

At 8-6 in the SUNYAC, the Devils are one game behind third-place Oneonta, who they defeated on Friday. They are one game ahead of Geneseo and Cortland. At this point, the Devils are the only SUNYAC team with a victory over first-place Buffalo State, which could factor in any potential tie-breaker situations.

The team stands at 13-7 overall.

The team has its final regular-season home games next weekend, when they play host to Geneseo on Friday and Brockport on Saturday. Senior Day recognition will also take place that weekend. The Devils then travel to Plattsburgh and Potsdam on the weekend of Feb. 21 -22 to complete the regular-season schedule.

Men’s Basketball

Devils top Hawks

NEW PALTZ – A 35-point effort from senior Tyrone Clark and 26 points from sophomore Robert Lyles paced the Fredonia State men’s basketball team to a 93-83 win at New Paltz.

John Kovach and Markus Williams also scored in double digits, turning in 13-point and 11-point efforts, respectively. Kovach added a team-best seven rebounds.

Clark, playing all 40 minutes after playing 45 minutes in an overtime game the night before, found the energy to score 20 points in the first half to get the Devils out to a 42-36 lead. The Devils held the lead the entire half, leading by as many as 11 on two occasions.

For the game, Clark shot 11 of 17 (64 percent) from the field, which included hitting on four of six three-pointers. He was nine of 10 from the line. It was his fifth 30-plus point effort on the season.

Lyles shot seven of 14 from the field and was 12 of 13 from the line. Mix in Williams’ seven-for-seven effort from the charity stripe, and the big three combined to go 28 of 30 (93 percent) from the line.

Lyles had five assists and Alexander Grace had four helpers.

For New Paltz (3-11 SUNAYC, 6-16 overall), Taylor Sowah matched Clark’s 35 points.

As a team, the Devils shot 52 percent from the field, and outscored New Paltz 31-17 from the free-throw line. New Paltz held a nifty 41-29 advantage in rebounds and hit on 46 percent of its shots. However, the Devils held a lead on the scoreboard for all but 49 seconds. New Paltz held a two-point advantage early in the second half, which also included three ties.

With New Paltz up 52-50 with 15:00 to play, the Devils ran off nine-straight points, with Lyles accounting for five of those points. They would never let New Paltz back in the lead.

The Devils (3-11 SUNYAC, 6-15 overall) return home next weekend to play host to Geneseo and Brockport.

Swimming and Diving

Seniors go out

in style, top Cortland

John Estanislau celebrated Senior Day 2014 with three individual men’s swimming wins Saturday in Fredonia State’s 175-123 victory over the Cortland Red Dragons at the Steele Hall Natatorium.

It was Fredonia State’s first victory over Cortland in Arthur Wang’s 11 seasons as head coach. The Blue Devils improved to 4-6 in dual meets while the Red Dragons fell to 6-9.

One of 15 Blue Devils recognized prior to their final home meet, Estanislau posted wins in the 200-yard freestyle, the 100 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly. He was also part of a winning relay.

In diving, Blue Devil youth was served as freshman Jeff Matter was a double-winner – with zone qualifying scores of 300.70 points in the 1-meter and 293.40 in the 3-meter.

Other individual winners were seniors Andrew Case and Eric Jordan in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke, respectively.

The Blue Devils also won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Second-place finishes included the long-and-short performance of senior Adrian Van Hall in the 1,000 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. Case was also second in two events – the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Other runners-up were Jordan in the 100 backstroke, sophomore Liam Jones in the 200 butterfly, freshman Troy Lubanski in the 200 backstroke, sophomore Rafael Santiago in 1-meter diving, and freshman Arron Carlson in 3-meter diving.

The other seniors recognized prior to the meet – the final one before SUNYAC starting Feb. 19 in Buffalo – were Dave Adamczak, Charley Arrigo, Matt Cole, Matt Coleman, Cory King, plus six members of the Blue Devil women’s team.

In the women’s events, enjoying her best season on the diving boards, Fredonia State senior Katelyn Haley was a double-winner Saturday in the Blue Devils’ home women’s swimming & diving meet with the Cortland Red Dragons.

Haley posted zone qualifying scores of 281.10 points in the 3-meter and 254.90 points in the 1-meter during the Blue Devils’ 152-147 loss.

Fellow senior Ashley Keller finished second off the 3-meter board.

In swimming events, senior Larissa Dobson was one of three double individual winners. Dobson took the 100 and 200 breast stroke events. Also, sophomore Sam Rokos was victorious in the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle, and was part of the Blue Devils’ winning 200 freestyle relay, while junior Stephanie Rosa won the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Other members of the winning 200-free relay were senior Jenni Smith and juniors Rachel Morgano and Ellie Brion.

In addition to Keller in the diving, second-place individuals consisted of Brion in the 1,000 freestyle, Rokos in the 100 freestyle, and Dobson in the 200 individual medley.

The Senior Day celebration included Kristen Champoux and Breena Cogliandro, plus nine members of the men’s team.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 3-7 in dual meets while Cortland won its 10th-straight dual after opening the season with three straight losses. The two teams will see each other again when all of SUNYAC swimming and diving convenes in Buffalo at the Flickinger Center beginning Feb. 19.

Men’s Hockey

Third-period flurry results in tie

POTSDAM – Despite four third-period goals, the Fredonia State hockey team couldn’t hold back the Potsdam Bears and were forced to settle for a 4-all tie at Potsdam on Saturday.

Down 2-0 after two periods, the Devils stormed back with three goals in the first 5:38 of the third period to take the lead. The Devils would go up 4-2 with another goal with just under eight minutes remaining.

Potsdam fought back with a goal with 4:41 to play to make it a 4-3 game. They would go on to score another goal in the final minute to send it to overtime.

All four Potsdam goals were on power plays, while Fredonia State scored its four even strength.

The Bears got a first-period goal from Dan McCarney. They added a second in the second period on a Ken Simon slapshot.

The third period then saw six combined goals scored – four unanswered by the Devils, and the final two by Potsdam.

The Devils’ first goal came with 17:54 on the clock when Travis Fernley connected from a Blake Forslund pass. Mitch Kaufmann tied the game at the 14:39 mark when Forslund and Hunter Long assisted.

The Devils first lead came when Matt Owczarczak scored 17 seconds later. He received helpers from Stephen Castriota and Fernley.

The Devils padded their lead with 7:43 to go when Chad Bennett scored as Jared Wynia and Brian Doust assisted.

Potsdam tied the game with goals by Adam Place and Billy Pascalli, with Pascalli’s goal coming in the final minute. He finished with one goal and three assists.

In the overtime, the Devils got off five shots, and Potsdam four.

Potsdam (2-8-2 SUNYAC, 7-12-2 overall) was especially efficient on its power play chances, converting on four of seven. Conversely, the Devils came up empty in seven opportunities.

Both netminders saw their fair share of action. Fredonia State’s Jeff Flagler made 47 saves, and Potsdam’s Jon Hall stopped 46 shots

The Devils are now 4-5-4 in SUNYAC play, and 7-11-5 overall. They play host to Buffalo State on Friday in what will be the final regular-season home game for the Devils.