FSU splits with SUNY Cortland

Fredonia State built an early lead and hung on late for a 7-3 SUNYAC softball win Saturday over the Cortland Red Dragons at Blue Devil Field. The Red Dragons bounced back for a 13-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Blue Devils ended the day at 8-13 overall and 5-7 in the conference. Cortland is 19-13 overall, 10-4 in the conference.

Making the Game 1 start on Senior Day, the Blue Devils’ lone graduating player, Alyssa Brognano, pitched four scoreless innings before yielding two runs in the fifth inning. She was charged with a third run in the sixth inning before Kelsey Gannett closed out the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Blue Devils broke on top with three runs in the first inning on a Cortland error, a single by Kim Lotocki and consecutive two-out doubles by Jess Lauck and Erin Mushtare. Mushtare’s double drove in two runs.

Mushtare opened the fourth inning with a single. After stealing second, she scored on a single by Madeline Medina. That was followed by an RBI single by Kate Nicholson, an RBI single by Lotocki, a single by Cherise Gunnell (Falconer) and another Cortland error.

RBIs by Erin Wolstenholme and Courtney Kadish accounted for two Cortland runs in the fifth inning. Alicia Hibbard drove in the third Cortland run in the sixth.

Game 2 began as a pitcher’s duel between Gannett for Fredonia State and Sarah Salamone for Cortland. Her teammates staked Salamone to a 1-0 lead with a run in the third, then used the long ball to pull away. Bianca Trio smashed a three-run homer in the fifth. Diane Cork and Devynn Wilder hit two-run homers during an eight-run seventh.

Salamone pitched a complete-game two-hitter for the win. Gannett fell to 6-6 with the loss.

In addition to being Senior Day, Saturday was also billed as Strikeout Cancer Day and both teams wore commemorative t-shirts. The Blue Devils wore pink shirts with royal blue numbering and lettering, and the Red Dragons gray shirts with pink numbering and lettering. Both teams wore pink socks. Proceeds from the event, including a silent auction, benefitted the Alex Hollander Education Fund. He is the son of former Buffalo State head coach Sandra Hollander, who lost a six-year battle with cancer in 2012.

Women’s Lacrosse

Devils turn back upset-minded Potsdam in OT

POTSDAM – Marissa Cussins scored the lone overtime goal Saturday to enable Fredonia State to turn aside an upset bid by Potsdam, 12-11, in SUNYAC women’s lacrosse.

“At times we did ok, but we didn’t play at the level we should have (Saturday),” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “We allowed Potsdam to stay in the game. It wasn’t what I expected out of our team. We had a five-goal lead in the second half and gave it all away.”

Cussins scored at the 3:13 mark of the extra period, her fifth goal of the game. She took the subsequent draw control – one of eight she collected – and Jessica Tuttle later picked up a ground ball to enable the Blue Devils to run out the clock.

Ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division III by the IWLCA, the Blue Devils improved to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the SUNYAC. They also locked up a conference playoff spot.

Potsdam fell to 4-9 overall and 0-6 in the SUNYAC.

The Bears scored the last three goals of regulation over the final seven minutes to force the overtime. That erased what earlier had been a five-goal Fredonia State lead.

Katie Glagolev added four goals while Kristie Kleine had one goal and four assists. Kleine also led the Blue Devils with four ground balls.

Emily Polizzi and Sam Owen had one goal each, Mary Bruton caused four turnovers, while four players had three ground balls each: Cussins, Tuttle, Chelsea Maderer and Juliana Kotas. Cussins was also credited eight draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Fredonia State goalkeeper Christina Mathewson was credited with 14 saves while her Potsdam counterpart, Jen Chmiel, had 11 saves. Mary Wall led the Potsdam offense with four goals, Bailey Weigel had three goals and one assist, and Bri McCluskey had two goals and three assists.

The Blue Devils close out their regular season with two home games next week: 4 p.m. Tuesday vs. Brockport, and 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Cortland.