Cussins earns SUNYAC award, team IWLCA votes

Fredonia State’s six-game winning streak in women’s lacrosse has brought the team its first in-season conference and national recognition of the spring.

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association on Monday released its latest NCAA Division III rankings and included the Blue Devils among the teams “also receiving votes.”

It marked the Blue Devils’ return to the rankings after four weeks on the outside, looking in. They opened the season ranked No. 20 in the IWLCA pre-season poll.

Also Monday, midfielder Marissa Cussins was selected SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week. She is the first Blue Devil to receive the award in 2014.

Cussins scored six goals, including the game-winner, in a 10-7 Blue Devil home win last Tuesday over then-No. 14 St. John Fisher (the Cardinals are No. 17 in this week’s poll). She followed that with five goals in Fredonia State’s 10-8 come-from-behind win Saturday at Oswego State. Overall, Cussins scored 11 goals during the week on 12 shots-on-goal and raised her team-leading goal total to 24.

The Blue Devils next game is 6 p.m. today against Elmira at University Stadium.

STICK CHECKS: Four other SUNYAC teams are ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 – Cortland at No. 2, Geneseo at No. 9, Brockport at No. 16 and Oneonta tied for No. 19. Katie Kleine is in the top five in four SUNYAC categories. She leads the conference in caused turnovers per game (2.71) and is third in draw controls per game (4.57). She’s also fifth in points per game (3.86) and fifth assists per game (1.86) … Jessica Zagari is third in SUNYAC in goals against average (5.84) and fourth in save percentage (.523).

Fredonia State sweeps

weekly SUNYAC honors

Fredonia State student-athletes swept the weekly track and field awards handed out Monday by the State University of New York Athletic Conference.

On the women’s side, Nicole Desens and Anna Dambacher were named SUNYAC Field Athlete of the Week and Track Athlete of the Week, respetively. The corresponding men’s awards went to Brian Ogilvie and Jeremy Kozlowski.

All four competed last weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Mini-Invitational. Desens was a double-winner – with first-place finishes and meet records in the shot put (11.50 meters, 37-feet-8.75 inches) and the discus (38.84 meters, 127-5), and a third-place finish in the hammer throw (41.48 meters, 136-1). Dambacher set a meet record in winning the 400 (1:00.26) and finished second in the 200 (25.83 seconds). Ogilvie won the long jump with a meet record (6.52 meters, 21-4.75) – and was third in the 100 (11.51 seconds). Kozlowski was first in the 200 (23.10 seconds) and second in the 400 (52.22 seconds).

The Blue Devils are back in action Saturday at the University of Rochester Alumni Invitational.