FSU?laxers drop pair of games over weekend
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Fredonia State was defeated Sunday by host Stevenson, 17-8, on the second day of the Mustang Classic.
“We didn’t play well (Sunday),” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “And I think it’s part that we didn’t show up and part that Stevenson came out and played really well.”
Three Blue Devils (0-2) were named to the all-tournament team: senior Katie Kleine, her younger sister Kristie Kleine, and Emily Polizzi. Kristie Kleine and Polizzi are freshmen.
The Mustangs (1-3) won the opening draw and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tori Wagner. The Blue Devils drew even as senior Katie Kleine scored her first of two goals. The Mustangs scored twice in a span of 18 seconds to take control and led 5-1 before Polizzi stemmed the tide. It was also her first of two goals on the day.
“I don’t think we had any type of intensity (Sunday),” Case said. “And I think we were still feeling the effects of that letdown on Saturday.”
Stevenson went on another 4-0 run en route to a 12-3 halftime lead. The Mustangs held two 10-goals leads in the second half. The closest the Blue Devils would come thereafter was down 15-8 with 4:17 left on a goal by junior Marissa Cussins, her second of the game.
“(Stevenson) executed early on and jumped out to a quick four- or five-goal lead on us,” Case said. “It wasn’t the Fredonia team that I’ve come to expect when we step out on the field.”
Katie Glagolev also had two goals for the Blue Devils while senior defender Mary Bruton collected five groundballs and caused two turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Christina Mathewson made nine saves while facing 31 shots.
Kathryn Merrick, Marissa Meiklejohn, and Leah Warner had four goals each for Susquehanna.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils fell to Susquehanna University, 13-9.
Indoor Track & Field
Ups & downs
at SUNYAC meet
BROCKPORT – The Fredonia State men finished fifth and the women sixth at the 2014 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field championship meet Saturday.
The men scored 47.5 points. They were without sophomore Collin Mulcahy, who was scratched from the mile – he was seeded No. 1 – because of an injury.
The women, with 32 points, also lost scoring potential when sophomore Anna Dambacher was disqualified for a lane change during the 200 meters. She entered the meet as the No. 1 seed in the race.
“Not having your two top qualifiers receive points,” Fredonia State head coach Tom Wilson said, “is very tough to overcome.”
The eventual theme of the day, Wilson said, was the performances of several athletes who exceeded pre-meet expectations. He noted:
On the men’s side, senior Ben Goebel finished fourth in the pole vault, and junior Chris Shartrand was eighth in the 3,000 and fourth in the 5,000. He was joined by sophomore Kyle Collins, who was third in the 3,000 and junior Zakk Hess, who was fifth in the 5,000. Scoring in three events were sophomore Eric Williams – eighth in the 200, second in the 60 high hurdles, and tied for eighth in the pole vault. Sophomore thrower Hsin Chin took fourth in the 35-pound weight throw.
In addition, junior Jonmichael Knapp finished sixth in the 400 while the distance medley relay team – freshman Bobby Cooper, freshman Pat Shenal, senior Anthony Piacentini and Hess – finished third. The men’s 4-by-400 relay was sixth.
ECAC-qualifying performances were recorded by Shenal, Collins, Shartrand, Hess, Williams (in the 60 hurdles), Chin, senior Brian Ogilvie in the long jump, and both relays.
For the women, Wilson mentioned sophomore Laura Morrison jumped up to finish eighth in the 400, sophomore Heather Rickman was sixth in the 20-pound weight throw, sophomore Brianne Paganello was eighth in the shot put, and freshman Taylor Benzin in the pole vault.
Other scorers for the women were Dambacher, third in the 60; sophomore Kayleigh Wasilewski, tied for third in the high jump; senior Kim Foltz, fourth in the mile; sophomore Olivia Kurbs, tied for fifth in the pole vault; and junior Amanda Cocchiara, seventh in the 3,000.
The performances by Morrison, Dambacher, Wasielewski, Foltz, and Cocchiara were ECAC-qualifying efforts.
The women were sixth in the 4-by-400 relay and seventh in the distance medley relay.
“The meet was full of ups and downs,” Wilson said. “There were lots of performances from those who were not supposed to score, lots of personal bests, lots of ECAC-qualifying marks. Overall, it was a strong showing, with some downs. We will recharge for a strong ECAC meet next weekend.”
The ECAC meet, for qualifiers only, is next Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. Saturday’s one-day SUNYAC meet was held inside The College at Brockport’s Special Events and Recreation Center.