Streaking Blue Devils outscore Elmira

Fredonia State won its seventh-straight game, a 15-8 home non-conference women’s lacrosse victory over Elmira.

The Blue Devils (7-2) led from start to finish with an offensive attack which produced nine assists, seven by Katie Kleine.

“I think our offense did alright,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “Katie Kleine led us with two goals and seven assists. And from an offense-in-transition standpoint, I think we did well.”

Katie Glagolev netted five goals while Kristie Kleine had four goals and took four draw controls. Katie Kleine and Emily Polizzi added two goals each.

Marissa Cussins was also credited with four draw controls, Chelsea Maderer three ground balls and Katie Kleine three caused turnovers. Kristie Kleine and Sarah Lindovski caused two turnovers each.

“It was a little bit nice (Tuesday),” Case said of the weather. “We didn’t have to worry about wearing Under Armor and all that stuff. It was nice to have a nice day to play. It’s just frustrating trying to get them to play at a really high level. Sometimes they drift, but we have another conference game on Saturday, so hopefully we can put together another win.”

Fredonia State goalkeeper Jessica Zagari made seven saves while improving her won-loss record to 7-0.

Moorea Spoljaric and Ashton Hogan scored two goals each for Elmira (4-6). Goalkeeper LeAnna Presler made 13 saves.

“Our defense was not up to my caliber,” Case said. “But we did good enough to win the game. We gave up too many goals that could have been more difficult than they were.”

Fredonia State returns to SUNYAC competition Saturday when New Paltz visits University Stadium. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Buffalo State rallies to sweep Blue Devils

BUFFALO – Fredonia State dropped a doubleheader Tuesday at Buffalo State, 4-0 and 6-5, in their first SUNYAC softball action of the spring.

The Blue Devils (3-8 overall, 0-2 SUNYAC) led the second game 5-3 with two outs in the last of the seventh before falling.

The Blue Devils managed just two hits in the opener – back-to-back singles by Alyssa Morgan and Cherise Gunnell with one out in the fourth inning. A double-play erased the threat and Buffalo State held on to its 1-0 lead.

The Bengals then broke the game open on a two-out, two-run single by Shelly Maggard in the last of the fourth, and added an insurance run on an RBI single by Sarah Gorski in the last of the fifth. They took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Stephanie Novo, the reigning SUNYAC Player of the Week. The Blue Devils’ only other threat came in the fifth inning when they put runners on first and third with one out, yet did not score.

Maddie Coneys was the winning pitcher while Alyssa Brognano took the loss.

The Blue Devils unleashed an 11-hit attack in Game 2. Gunnell, Jess Lauck and Madeline Medina had two hits each while Medina collecting two RBI.

The teams traded runs early. Maddy Stavish drove in the Fredonia State run with an RBI single in the top of the second. Gunnell broke a 1-1 tie as part of a four-run third inning. Erin Mushtare followed with an RBI double, and Medina with a two-run double. Buffalo State battled back for two runs in the fifth inning to set the stage for their three-run rally in the seventh, capped by Jenna Clarke’s walk-off two-run double. Gorski led the Bengal attack with three hits.

Sarah Tilkins picked up the pitching win in relief. Kelsey Gannett took the loss with a complete game.

Fredonia State returns to SUNYAC competition with a doubleheader Friday at Brockport.