FSU laxers falls to No. 1 Cortland

SUNYAC women’s lacrosse concluded its regular season Saturday and Fredonia State will be looking for a different result in the conference tournament next Friday.

The Blue Devils were dealt a 14-2 loss by the Cortland Red Dragons on Senior Day at University Stadium. The one-sided final score offered further evidence that the Red Dragons will be the team to beat next weekend, just as they have been in so many other seasons.

The Red Dragons will be hosting the SUNYAC Tournament next Friday and Saturday. They will be looking for their 16th straight SUNYAC championship, while the Blue Devils – 11-5 overall, 5-3 in the SUNYAC – will be trying to reach their conference championship game. They will first need to get past Geneseo in the semifinal round. Scheduled game time is 3 p.m.

Kristen Ohberg scored five goals Saturday for Cortland, which entered the week ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA Division III poll. Jessica Lavelle led the defensive effort with five caused turnovers, and goalkeeper Liz Ingalls made five saves. The Red Dragons finished the regular season 8-0 in the conference and 17-0 overall.

Marissa Cussins scored both Fredonia State goals. The first came with 21:54 left in the second half and cut Cortland’s lead to 8-1. Her second goal came with 2:02 left.

Meanwhile, Ian Clute got the start for Chautauqua Lake and chucked three strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work with two earned runs.

“Ian Clute was our starter, that was his first start of the season,” said Thunderbirds coach Mike Cummings. ”He went a solid three or four today for us and then we brought Brayden Wappat, who is our number one pitcher, in to finish up and he threw very well in addition. Our defense faltered a little bit, but again our offense pulled us out of the fire in the end.”

Cummings’ team was never flustered, even though a lead-off single by Hettenbaugh and an RBI single by Maycock gave Randolph an early 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals added to their margin when Clute tossed a wild pitch in the bottom of the second that scored Lucas Brown.

Chautauqua Lake was able to get its offense running full tilt at the start of the fourth inning when Cody Sargent’s short flyball dropped into center field for an RBI single.

Sargent got the Thunderbirds on the board while an RBI single on a bunt by Avery Webb and a two-RBI single from Kyle Mayer gave them a 4-2 lead.

That offensive production would stall until Chautauqua Lake’s decisive eight-run final inning.

“Well you know, we went to extra innings because of our miscues,” said Cummings. ”We gave (Randolph) some extra runs that tied the game up and we felt bad about that, but I was proud of the guys to get back into the ball-game offensively.”

He added, “We have been struggling offensively early in the season here and today was probably the best offensive explosion that we’ve had, so I think just patience at the plate, we keep preaching ‘stay back, be patient with the pitch’, and (the guys) proved that in the extra inning for sure.”

Webb ended the night 3-for-5 with a pair of singles, a double and two RBIs for the Thunderbirds.

Cussins also led the Blue Devils with four draw controls and shared the team lead with Mary Bruton with two caused turnovers each. Bruton and Chelsea Maderer were playing in their final regular-season home game. They were recognized during a pre-game ceremony.


Dealing Ace

CORTLAND – Fredonia State’s ace Sean Larson continued his dominance of SUNYAC opponents on Saturday, this time taking down No. 7 Cortland State. Larson tossed a complete game, winning 3-1.

Larson surrendered six hits, struck out six and allowed one walk improving his record to 4-3 on the season. He is coming off a 1-0 shutout of Oneonta and took his previous two starts into the final inning before allowing a run.

Tied 1-all in the seventh inning, freshman Ciro Frontale singled with one out. After a fielder’s choice by junior Ricky Mendiola, senior Kyle Koslowski singled to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch moved both into scoring position setting the table for freshman Mike Prentice. The slugging leftfielder drilled his third hit of the afternoon to plate both runs.

The Devils struck first in the first inning. With two outs, Mendiola, Koslowski, Prentice and senior Bobby Frantz singled to plate the game’s first run.

Cortland scored its only run in the second. Max Rosing opened the frame with a swinging bunt. A stolen base, then a single by Chris Jackson plated the Red Dragon’s only run.

The Devils outhit Cortland, 13-6. In addition to Prentice’s three hits, Frontale, Koslowski, Frantz and Kenny Johnston all had two hits.

The Devils finish the season at 11-20, and 6-12 in the SUNYAC. Cortland improves to 27-8 and 15-3, earning the SUNYAC regular-season title.


Oneonta ousts Devils from playoff contention

ONEONTA – Fredonia State’s flickering playoff hopes were extinguished Saturday with a pair of SUNYAC softball losses to the Oneonta Red Dragons.

The Blue Devils, who needed to win the doubleheader and then get some help, were officially eliminated when they lost the opener, 2-1. Their 8-2 loss of Game 2 left them with a 6-12 conference record, and 9-18 overall. The Red Dragons improved to 15-3 in the SUNYAC (25-9 overall) and nailed down the No. 1 seed and the right to host the conference tournament starting Thursday.

Kelsey Gannett took the loss in Game 1. She was touched for a first-inning, two-run homer by Marlene Cuevas and pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way, allowing five hits, two walks, with four strikeouts. Her record dropped to 7-8.

Oneonta’s Sabrina DeAngelis, who improved to 14-5, allowed hits to the first two Fredonia State batters and then only one hit thereafter. The lone run she allowed was unearned – a one-out single by Kim Lotocki followed by a two-out Oneonta throwing error. It gave the Blue Devils a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Fredonia State also broke out on top in Game 2 with a first-inning run. They also scored a run in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead before Oneonta answered with four runs in the last of the third off losing pitcher Alyssa Brognano.

DeAngelis returned to the circle for Oneonta and allowed both Blue Devil runs – a first-inning double by Maddy Stavish followed by a passed ball and a fly to right by Alyssa Morgan and a two-out RBI single in the third by Morgan following a single by Kate Nicholson. Katie O’Flynn relieved DeAngelis in the fourth inning and picked up the win.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to host Alfred University at 3 p.m. Monday.

Track & Field

Quartet of men

win at Brockport

BROCKPORT – Four Fredonia State men won individual events Saturday at the Brockport Golden Eagle Run.

Chris Shartrand and Collin Mulcahy won running events. Ben Goebel and Hsin Chin were the top collegiate finishers in field events.

Shartrand led a 1-3-4 finish by Fredonia State men in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a winning time of 9:54.15. Jed Kovalovsky finished third and Jesse Mintz was fourth. Mulcahy’s win came in the 800 in 1:56.93, while teammate Pat Shenal finished third.

Brian Ogilvie had a good all-around meet. He was second in the 200 (23.42 seconds), third in the long jump (21 feet, 1.25 inches) and fifth in the 100. Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) was fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100.

In the field events, Goebel equalled his personal-best in the pole vault – No. 7 on the Fredonia State all-time outdoor performance list – with a clearance of 14-3.25 inches. Chin placed his name at No. 10 on the Fredonia State list with a hammer throw of 161-2, an ECAC-qualifying throw. Each man finished behind an unattached entrant, yet ahead of all other men competing for collegiate teams.

In women’s action Saturday, sprinters Laura Morrison and Anna Dambacher lowered their personal-best 400 times Saturday at the Brockport Golden Eagle Run.

Morrison won the event in 59.63 seconds to trim .17 seconds off her previous PR, while Dambacher finished second in 59.69 seconds, which is .57 seconds faster than she has gone before. Those times are No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on the Fredonia State all-time Top 10 outdoor 400 performance list.

Fredonia State’s other first-place runner was Anna Hourihan, who covered 5,000 in 18:48.87. Blue Devil teammate Becca List finished second in 19:03.76, while Alissa Conti (Fredonia) was fourth.

The team’s top performer in field events was Emily Cummiskey. She won the long jump (17-2.75) and finished third in the triple jump (36-1.25). She qualified for the upcoming ECAC Division III championship meet in both events.

Kayleigh Wasielewski was the winner of the high jump at 5-1, which equalled her personal-best effort, No. 6 on the Fredonia State Top 10 outdoor list.

In other running events, Lauren Kotas was second in the 800 (2:25.85); Alexis Perez was third in the 200 (27.93 seconds); and Devinne Arnold was fourth in the 100 13.24 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (28.25 seconds).

The Blue Devils now move to the championship portion of their outdoor season, beginning with the SUNYAC meet Friday and Saturday at SUNY Geneseo.