Heartbreaker:?Geneseo edges Devils
GENESEO – Fredonia State’s upset bid ended Tuesday with a 55-52 loss to Geneseo in the first round of the SUNYAC women’s basketball tournament.
Geneseo’s Dana Cohan knocked down a 3-point basket with 32 seconds left to tie the score, and then another 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining to break the tie.
The final Blue Devil possession was an long inbound pass to senior Becky Hebert, who caught, turned and fired from the top of the key. Her shot rimmed out as the final buzzer sounded.
The loss ended the Blue Devils’ season at 15-10 while Geneseo, 20-6, advanced to the SUNYAC semifinal round Friday at Plattsburgh.
Down 27-24 at halftime, the Blue Devils controlled the pace during the early part of the second half and opened a 45-38 lead – their largest of the game – on a jumper by freshman point guard Alexis Cheatham with 7:27 remaining.
They still led by six, 50-44, with 4:29 left following a layup by sophomore forward Sabrina Macaulay before the Blue Knights, seeded No. 3, began their comeback.
Hebert completed her stellar college career with 17 points. She finishes as the Blue Devils’ all-time leading scorer with 1,604 points. She also the school record for most points in a season with 538.
Cheatham added 12 points while Macaulay grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds against Geneseo’s tall front line.
Fredonia State’s other 1,000-point scorer, Jaimie Warren, had nine points in her final collegiate game. She completed her four seasons with 1,122 points, sixth highest in program history. She also finished with 749 rebounds, fourth all-time.
The Blue Devils played down the stretch without starting guard Brittany LaForce, who left the game with an injury and did not return.
In addition to Hebert and Warren, senior guard Alicia Mikowicz was making her final appearance in a Blue Devil uniform.
Devils faced with familiar task
Fredonia State visits Oswego tonight in the first round of the SUNYAC men’s hockey tournament. Game time is 7 p.m.
It’ll be the third post-season meeting between the teams in the past four years, all at the Oswego Campus Center Ice Arena. The Blue Devils pulled an upset there in 2011. Going back ever further, Fredonia State also defeated the Lakers in Oswego in 2007, the second of three straight road wins resulting in a SUNYAC championship.
The teams met twice already this year – each winning on enemy ice. Fredonia State was a 3-2 overtime winner on Nov. 1. Oswego gained revenge with a 5-1 win Jan. 24 at Steele Hall.
The January loss came during a stretch in which the Blue Devils earned at least one point in 9 of 11 games (5-2-4).
“All year I have been a believer,” Blue Devil head coach Jeff Meredith said, “that the most important thing in our season is the ‘process’ by which we do things. Keep the process intact and most times the results take care of themselves. I think that has been a big thing for us this second semester in getting our season going in the right direction.”
Currently ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division III by USCHO.com, Oswego is led offensively by freshman Matt Galati, whose 20 goals is tied for the D-III lead. In addition, the Lakers are No. 6 in team offense and No. 4 in power-play proficiency.
Said Meredith: “As always, Oswego is an explosive team so we need to make sure that we are tight defensively and don’t give them anything for free (and) make them earn everything. Special teams will also be important. Oswego has one of the leading scorers in the country, so we have to make sure that we don’t spend much time in the box. … Obviously with our OT win there in the beginning of the season, and some of our past playoff success in that building, we are excited to go play. All year we have been talking about playing hot at the right time of the year and now it’s time.”
Men’s and Women’s Swimming &?Diving
All-SUNYAC teams list 9 Blue Devils
All SUNYAC teams in men’s and women’s swimming diving were announced following the completion of the 2014 championship meet Saturday in Buffalo.
Five Blue Devil men and four Blue Devil women were chosen by virtue of their performances during the four-day meet. First-place finishers are assured a spot on the SUNYAC First Team. Second- and third-place finishers are named to the Second Team.
The men’s First Team choices include senior John Estanislau and freshman Jeff Matter. Estanislau was named winner of the James Fulton Award and Matter the Male Diver of the Meet during the awards presentation Saturday night.
Also making SUNYAC First Team is freshman Adam Clouthier. Second Team selections are seniors Adrian Van Hall and Eric Jordan.
On the women’s list are senior Ashley Keller, who was selected Female Diver of the Meet as well as SUNYAC First Team. Second Team honorees are senior Larissa Dobson, senior Katelyn Haley and junior Heather Colby.