Keller, Haley are Honorable Mention All-Americans; Baseball team falls
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ashley Keller finished 11th and Katelyn Haley was 12th in women’s 3-meter springboard diving Saturday at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving championship meet.
The two Fredonia State seniors each earned Honorable Mention All-American status – the fourth time for Keller and the first for Haley, who was competing in her first NCAA championship meet. Keller scored 433.15 points and Haley 431.8 for an 11-dive program.
Saturday’s competition on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis brought an end to the Blue Devils’ 2013-14 swimming & diving season, which began last October, as well as the final collegiate meet for the two seniors.
They were joined in Indianapolis by freshman Arron Carlson, who competed in men’s springboard diving and earned Honorable Mention All-American status in the 1-meter competition. The divers were also accompanied by diving coach John Crawford, diving assistant Christian Torres, and Blue Devil swimming & diving head coach Arthur Wang.
It was the ninth straight year Fredonia State had at least one diver, of either gender, at the national meet, and the ninth straight year with an Honorable Mention All-American or better.
Devil drop final game of trip
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Fredonia State baseball team fell 15-5 to Wisconsin-Platteville on the final day of the team’s spring trip.
The Devils struck first as a Dan Cecilia groundout plated Kenny Johnston.
An eight-run second inning got the ball rolling for the Miners.
The Devils answered right back with four runs in the top of the third to make it an 8-5 game. Following a double by Conner Lorenzo and a single by Ciro Frontale, Ricky Mendiola plated the first run with a base hit. Mike Prentice doubled in the next run, and Johnston singled home the third run of the inning. Quinn Danahy grounded out to score the fourth run.
From there, the Devil offense would stall. Platteville scored a run or more in the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Mendiola had three hits to pace FSU. The Devils used seven pitchers in the contest.
The Devils wrap up the trip with a 5-8 mark. They are scheduled to play Hilbert College at home on Wednesday afternoon.
Fourth straight win for Laxers
WOOSTER, Ohio – Fredonia State rolled to its fourth straight win, a 15-2 decision Saturday over the College of Wooster.
“We did well,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “We played extremely well (Saturday). I was extremely impressed because we made the trip back up from Florida and got back on the bus and we came out and we were focused right from the very first draw.”
Leading the attack was junior midfielder Marissa Cussins with 6 goals and 1 assist – all but one goal coming in the first half as the Blue Devils (4-2) built a 9-0 halftime lead.
Cussins added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Junior midfielder Katie Kleine, a junior, connected for four goals. She also had three assists to share team honors with Cussins with seven points. Kleine had a team-high five ground balls plus four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
“Marissa (Cussins) had a great start to the game,” Case noted. “She had three of our first four goals and Katie Kleine had three goals and four assists. I thought our goalie made three or four nice saves early in the game.”
Junior attack Katie Glagolev had three goals and two caused turnovers, freshman attacker Emily Polizzi had two goals and a team-high six draw controls and freshman midfielder Kristie Kleine four draw controls.
Freshman goalkeeper Emily Zagari made five saves and allowed one goal in the first 48 minutes. Another freshman, Christina Mathewson, made two saves and allowed one goal in the final 12 minutes.
The Blue Devils play their first home game Tuesday vs. St. John Fisher at 5 p.m. on the University Stadium turf field.
Hebert adds WBCA honorable mention award
In addition to a D3Hoops.com regional award, Fredonia State senior Becky Hebert was named Thursday to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Honorable Mention All-American team.
The list consists of 30 women from across the country. Hebert and Plattsburgh’s Kathleen Payne are the lone two representatives from the State University of New York Athletic Conference.
Hebert and Payne were also the two lone two SUNYAC players named to the d3hoops.com Women’s All-East Region team this week.
Hebert led the conference in scoring at 22.4 points per game. She also led the SUNYAC in shooting percentage (56.0 percent), free-throw percentage (86.2 percent) and minutes played per game (36.3). She ranked seventh in assists per game at 2.7.
She became the Devils’ all-time leading scorer, finishing with 1,604 career points. She also set the season (538) and game (44) scoring marks this year.
On the national scene, Hebert ranked eighth in scoring, 23rd in field-goal percentage and 28th in free throw percentage.