Devils to take on Geneseo in SUNYAC semifinals

Special to the OBSERVER

Fredonia State will look to avenge a regular-season loss to Geneseo when the teams meet this afternoon in the semifinals of the SUNYAC women’s lacrosse tournament at SUNY Cortland.

Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. while Cortland will meet Oneonta in the other semifinal at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The championship game is scheduled for noon Saturday.

The Blue Devils fell 9-8 when the teams meet April 9 at Geneseo. The game wasn’t decided until the final seconds, when Geneseo goalkeeper Laura Passamonte stopped Fredonia’s Marissa Cussins from close range just before time expired.

“We face a very good team in Geneseo,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “Our first game against them was very exciting.”

Geneseo brings a 15-1 record and a No. 8 ranking in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll. The Blue Knights are also No. 2 in the NCAA regional rankings.

Fredonia State is 11-5 and No. 3 in the region. The Blue Devils dropped from No. 20 to the list of schools “also receiving votes” in the latest IWLCA poll.

“We have been struggling as of late,” Case said of his team, which fell to Brockport and Cortland last week. “The week-long practice to regroup has been a good thing for us. We look forward to the opportunity in front of us.”

Cortland comes into the tournament as the heavy favorite. The Red Dragons are ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 1 in the IWLCA poll. They also have a history of success, having won 15 straight – and 16 of 17 – SUNYAC Tournament titles.

Oneonta advanced to the semifinals with a 13-9 first-round home win Tuesday over Brockport.

Tournament coverage will be available on this website as well as at www.SUNYAC.com.

Men’s Track & Field

Best chance for points comes in four events

Fredonia State’s best chances to score high at the 2014 SUNYAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field championship meet will come in the pole vault, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 800 meters and the decathlon.

Ben Goebel has the best seed among Blue Devil men – tied for No. 2 in the pole vault. Next highest is Chris Shartrand, who’s No. 3 in the steeplechase; and Collin Mulcahy, the No. 4 seed in the 800 meters. In addition, Tyler Gajewski (Soph.; Dunkirk) is seeded No. 4 in the decathlon.

A total of 20 Fredonia State men are entered in the two-day meet, with thrower Kevin Geiser entered in three events – the most on the team. He’ll attempt the javelin, the discus and the hammer throw. Mulcahy (800 and 1,500 ), Shartrand (steeplechase and 5,000), Gajewski (decathlon and javelin) and five other men are entered in two events. Goebel and eight others are in one event each. The final two entrants are decathletes.

Women’s Track & Field

Dambacher, Desens are No. 1 SUNYAC seeds

Two Fredonia State Blue Devils enter the 2014 SUNYAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field championship meet as No. 1 seeds in their respective events.

Nicole Desens is No. 1 in both the shot put and the discus, while Anna Dambacher is No. 1 in the 100 meters. Two other Blue Devils are seeded No. 2.

Desens is scheduled to compete in three events – she’s also No. 9 in the hammer throw – as will two other throwers, Jenna Fiacco and Brianne Paganello. Dambacher is also scheduled to attempt the 200, where she’s the No. 3 seed, and will be part of Fredonia State’s No. 3 seeded 4-by-100 relay.

Loren Metzger, Emily Cummiskey, Meghan Devine and Kayleigh Wasielewski are Fredonia State’s other dual entrants. Metzger will throw both the hammer, where’s she’s No. 3, and the javelin. Cummiskey is No. 2 in the triple jump as well as No. 6 in the long jump. Devine is entered in both the triple jump and the javelin, where she’s No. 4 seed. Wasielewski will be the Blue Devils’ busiest woman during the weekend. She’s No. 2 in the seven-event heptathlon as well as No. 5 in the high jump.

Twelve other women are entered in one event each at the start of the meet, scheduled to begin 2 p.m. today at SUNY Geneseo. The Saturday session will begin at 10 a.m.