Fredonia upsets No. 24 Dickinson with late goal

Special to the OBSERVER

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fredonia upset No. 24 Dickinson, 1-0, with a late goal by freshman Hunter Critchlow.

Critchlow scored in the 90th minute – 89:24 on the official scoresheet – to give the Blue Devils (2-0-0) their second straight last-minute game-winner in as many days at The “Turk” D.C. Classic hosted by Catholic University of America.

Junior co-captain Mike Biggane scored on a penalty kick in the final minute Friday to lift Fredonia to a 2-1 victory over Hampden-Sydney.

“It was a pretty even game against a highly skilled team,” Gondek said. “There were not a ton of clear chances on either side. It was a quality soccer game nonetheless.”

Dickinson outshot the Blue Devils, 11-8, and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks, yet no moment was more important that Crichlow’s game-winning header. The play began with a free kick awarded to Fredonia following a Dickinson foul about 30 yards out. Senior co-captain Chase Lipshie served the ball into the box and following a scramble, Critchlow headed it in.

Junior goalkeeper Sammy Torrelli made one save to earn his first NCAA shutout.

The victory lifted the Blue Devils to The “Turk” Classic title based on its two wins. Like Fredonia, Dickinson won its game Friday to set up a de facto title game despite the pre-determined classic schedule.

The Blue Devils’ 2-0 start is the best in program history since 2000 – Gondek’s first season as head coach.

“This team is better than 2000,” he said.

When sought out by tournament officials after the win, Gondek and assistant coaches Dan Smith and John Grabowski had a hard time picking a tournament most valuable player. Instead, they chose to give the award to the entire team.

“We used 22 players (Saturday),” Gondek said. “Our depth was a big key this whole weekend.”

Women’s Volleyball

FSU?wins pair

in Cortland

CORTLAND – Fredonia women’s volleyball won its first two matches of the 2014 season Saturday on second day of the Cortland Red Dragon Classic. The Blue Devils (2-2) defeated St. Lawrence, 3-1. and then blanked Utica, 3-0. Junior setter Kelly Edinger made the all-tournament team.

The opening match vs. St. Lawrence ended with Fredonia on a roll. Tied 1-1 at the time, the Blue Devils closed out the match by set scores of 25-23 and 25-14. They also won the first set 25-23, then lost the second 25-15.

Jessica DiChristopher finished led the attack with 14 kills, Sara Madison 11, Paulina Rein nine, and Megan Collins eight. Edinger was credited with 46 assists and Hokaj had three service aces. Lauren Hokaj also led the defense with 21 digs while Rein had 19 and Madison 10. DiChristopher had one solo block and two block assists; Jane Garrity had two solos.

The Blue Devils carried the momentum into their match vs. Utica. Madison had 11 kills and Rein had nine in the Blue Devils’ 25-11, 25-17, 25-22 win. Edinger collected 24 assists and Hokaj five aces. Defensively, Rein and Hakaj had 14 and 13 digs, respectively, while Rachel Poirier added nine digs. Garrity had one solo block and three blocks assists and Madison one solo and two block assists.

Women’s Soccer

Kleine has two

goals in loss to Union

ROCHESTER – Fredonia Blue Devil sophomore Kristie Kleine scored both her team’s goals Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Union Dutchwomen in the Flower City Classic. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 0-2 while the Dutchwomen are 2-0, their best start since 2004.

Kleine first goal in the 16th minute put the Blue Devils ahead 1-0. The play started with a blocked shot in the defensive end. A pass by Alexis Moreland sent Kleine off on a breakaway, and her shot beat Union goalkeeper Allison Brustowich.

After the goal, Union pressed up and forced three corner kicks, the final one resulting in the tying goal in the 18th minute as Katie Monahan tapped a shot past Fredonia goalkeeper Lindsey Forness. The Dutchwomen stayed on the attack and took a 2-1 lead in the 30th minute as Breana Derella scored on a rebound following a shot by Whitney Bickford blocked by the Fredonia defense.

Union scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 75th minute when Emily Dahlstrom converted another rebound. The importance of the goal was magnified when Kleine scored again, this time in the 86th minute, assisted by her sister, senior Katie Kleine. The Blue Devils had one final chance when, following a corner kick with 5 seconds left, a shot by freshman Audrey Yokopovich sailed wide.

Forness was credited with six saves.