Big second half lifts Blue Devils past Lakers

CAZENOVIA – Fredonia State scored five unanswered goals in the second half Saturday morning, then hung on to defeat the Oswego Lakers, 10-8, in SUNYAC women’s lacrosse at Cazenovia College.

Down by two goals for most of the first half, the Blue Devils (6-2 overall, 1-0 SUNYAC) forged a 5-5 halftime tie and gained the upper hand on goals only seconds apart by junior midfielder Marissa Cussins and freshman midfielder Kristie Kleine.

Senior defender Mary Bruton caused two Oswego turnovers and collected two ground balls during the scoring run, which included another goal by Cussins – her fifth goal of the game – and one each by freshman attack Sam Owen and junior defender Katie Kleine.

The Lakers (5-2 overall, 0-1 SUNYAC) cut into Fredonia State’s 10-5 lead with three goals in the last nine minutes, including one in the final seconds.

Blue Devil freshman goalkeeper Jessica Zagari finished with four saves, all in the first half, and improved her record to 6-0. The win also extended the Blue Devil winning streak to six straight.

Cussins led the Blue Devils with three ground balls and also was credited with three caused turnovers. Katie Kleine had a team-high five caused turnovers.

The game was an unplanned return home for the two Fredonia State Kleine sisters and their older sister, Kassie, who led Oswego with three goals. The game was moved off the Oswego State grounds onto the turf field in their hometown. It was the first time all three have played in the same college game. The last time they were on the same field in any sport, Kassie was a senior, Katie a junior, and Kristie an eight-grader on their high school soccer team. Their mother, Lori, was their coach.

Fredonia State has a non-conference home game Tuesday at 6 p.m. vs. Elmira before returning to SUNYAC competition next Saturday afternoon vs. New Paltz. Both games are scheduled for the turf field at University Stadium.

Track & Field

Three event winners

at Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Three Fredonia State men won individual events Saturday at the Carnegie Mellow Quad meet at Gesling Stadium.

Sophomore sprinter Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) won the 200 meters in 23.10 seconds. He was also second in the 400 in 52.22.

Senior jumper Brian Ogilvie set a meet record with a winning long jump of 21-feet, 4.75-inches.

Sophomore sprinter Eric Williams won the 110 hurdles in 15.65 seconds.

In addition to Kozlowski, three Blue Devil men finished second in individual events: freshman Brian Farfaglia in the high jump, senior Ben Goebel in the pole vault, and senior Alex Brennan in the long jump.

The Blue Devils finished fourth out of five NCAA Division III teams. The meet also included NCAA Division I Pittsburgh.

Elsewhere, Fredonia State defeated four other NCAA Division III teams Saturday to win the women’s events.

The Blue Devils earned 152 points while Allegheny finished second with 130 points. Dennison, Carnegie Mellon, and Waynesburg also received team scores.

Junior thrower Nicole Desens led the Blue Devils by winning two events and finishing third in another. She set meet records on the discus (127-5) and the shot put (37-8.75). She was third in the hammerthrow.

Other Fredonia State individual winners – and meet record-setters – were sophomore Anna Dambacher in the 400 at 60.26 seconds and sophomore Laura Morrison in the 800 at 2:20.53.

Senior jumper Emily Cummiskey had second-place finishes in the long jump and the triple jump. Also, Dambacher was second in the 200, senior Alexis Perez second in the 100 and senior Loren Metzger second in the hammerthrow.

Fredonia State is back in action next Saturday at the University of Rochester Alumni Meet.