SUNYAC honors several Blue Devils

Fredonia State sprinter Anna Dambacher has been named SUNYAC’s 2014 Outstanding Female Track Athlete following a vote of conference coaches released Tuesday.

Dambacher was selected for winning the women’s 100-meter dash and finishing second in the 200 at the SUNYAC championship meet last Saturday at SUNY Geneseo. She also ran a leg on the Blue Devils’ fourth-place 4-by-100 relay. She earned 19.2 team points, most by any runner in the meet.

Dambacher’s times in both individual sprints moved her into solid position to qualify for the NCAA Division III championship meet later this month at Ohio Wesleyan University. Her 100 time of 12.03 seconds is eighth fastest and her 200 time of 24.50 is sixth fastest in NCAA D-III this spring. Both times are Fredonia State school records.

In addition to Dambacher winning recognition Tuesday, SUNYAC also officially cited three Blue Devil women on the all-conference Second Team. They are Emily Cummiskey in the long jump, Nicole Desens in the shot put and Kayleigh Wasielewski in the heptathlon.

Dambacher was named All SUNYAC First Team.

The Blue Devils will compete this Friday in the Gator Open at Allegheny College.

Nicholson emerges as All SUNYAC selection

Right-handed hitter Kate Nicholson batted only twice as a Fredonia State freshman during the 2012 softball season, and failed to get a hit.

The past two seasons, she’s stepped into the left-handed batter’s box exclusively – and her game has taken shape. She batted .256 as a sophomore and a team-leading .354 this past spring, including .326 in conference games.

Conference coaches took notice Tuesday and named Nicholson, a graduate of Heuvelton High School, to the 2014 SUNYAC All-Conference Softball Team. She is the Blue Devils’ lone representative to the team.

Nicholson did some of her best work late in the season. She hit safely in eight of the last 10 games and raised her batting average 48 points, even though teams knew what was coming. Her switch to the left side was done primarily to take advantage of her speed. Most of her 23 hits – all singles – were either slaps or bunts this spring. She was second on the team with 12 runs scored and tied for first with four stolen bases.

Larson, Grey make 1st Team; Koslowski 2nd

CORTLAND – Senior pitchers Sean Larson and Kyle Grey were named First Team All SUNYAC on Tuesday. Fellow senior Kyle Koslowski was named to the Second Team as a designated hitter.

Larson put together a fantastic season to cap his stellar career. The senior went 4-3 and led the SUNYAC with a 1.14 earned run average – also a school record. He completed three of his seven starts and pitched eight or more innings six times. He capped his career by tossing a six hitter against No. 6 Cortland State in a 3-1 victory. His previous start was a 1-0 shutout over Oneonta. He took two more shutouts into the ninth inning vs. Brockport and New Paltz.

Larson finished his career ranked No. 1 in Blue Devil history in innings pitched (185.1), strikeouts (132) and ERA (2.87). His 13 career victories are second all time.

Grey made the team as the conference’s top reliever. He had a pair of saves, and a 3.18 ERA in 11 appearances. Over the past two seasons, Grey was the main man out of the pen and finished his career as the team’s career saves leader with seven. He appeared in 32 games over three years, and ranks third in pickoffs.

Koslowski, a team captain, was the team’s primary DH, posting a .277 overall average. In conference-only play, he hit .306 and provided several key hits in SUNYAC games down the stretch. Koslowski also backed up at first base and catcher throughout his career.

Dunkirk native Bo Westling was also named to the Second Team as a reliever while pitching for Brockport. In 12 appearances covering 13 1/3 innings, Westling allowed one earned run and had four saves.

Trio of Blue Devils

chosen All SUNYAC

Fredonia State placed three players on the 2014 SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference First Team.

Senior defender Mary Bruton and junior midfielders Marissa Cussins and Katie Kleine were named to the SUNYAC First Team following a vote of conference coaches, the results of which were released this morning.

Bruton was a defensive stalwart for the Blue Devils during 2014. Starting all 17 games, she led the team with 39 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers. In addition, she took two free-position shots and scored on both of them. Also a four-year soccer player at Fredonia State, Bruton is a graduate of Palmyra-Macedon High School.

Cussins was the Blue Devils’ leading scorer. Like Bruton, she started all 17 games and netted 52 goals to go along with nine assists for a team-high 61 points, including three game-winners. She was second on the team with 42 draw controls and third with 28 caused turnovers. Cussins is a graduate of Corning West High School.

Kleine – who served as a Blue Devil co-captain – appeared in 13 games, yet managed to finish second on the team in scoring with 51 points. She was first in assists with 27, first in draw controls with 46, and second both in ground balls with 37 and caused turnovers with 29. Kleine is a graduate of Cazenovia High School.

The Blue Devils will be back in action 3 p.m. Saturday when they face Rensselaer in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at University Stadium.