Special to the OBSERVER
The Fredonia State women's basketball team made it a weekend sweep of the North Country teams with dominating second-half play on Saturday, downing Plattsburgh, 59-50.
The Blue Devils defeated Potsdam a day earlier.
Fredonia State (5-6 SUNYAC, 10-7 overall) was led by junior forward Jaimie Warren, who recorded her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She also led the Devils with four assists and four steals.
Junior guard Becky Hebert added 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. The duo combined to go 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.
Plattsburgh (5-6, 9-9) was led by Kathleen Payne's 13 points. Payne also scored her 1,000th career point 2:17 into the second half on a layup.
The teams played an even first half, never separated by more than five points. Plattsburgh led or was tied most of the half - there were six ties - before a free throw by Hebert gave the Devils their first lead of the game, 20-19, with 5:38 to play.
A layup by Warren put the Devils up by five, 24-19, and capped a 7-0 run. Plattsburgh scored the final six points of the half to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room.
With the score tied 31-all midway through the second half, the Devils put together a 12-0 run to take a 43-31 lead. Hebert and Warren had five points apiece over the run which was capped by Anna Riley, with a layup at 9:35.
The Devils are back in Steele Hall next weekend when they play host to Cortland and Oswego.
Morrisville snags win
in seesaw battle
MORRISVILLE - A back and forth battle between Fredonia State and Morrisville finally ended with the Mustangs scoring a pair of late goals - the second an empty netter - to claim a 5-3 victory on Saturday evening.
Each team traded single goals in the first, second and third periods, before Morrisville's Michael Markowitz struck the game winner with 1:35 left on the clock to put the Mustangs up 4-3.
A minute later, Morrisville would use an empty netter to give the 5-3 final.
The Devils fell to 3-7-1 in SUNYAC play and 5-13-2 overall. Morrisville moved to 4-8-0 and 4-15-2 overall.
Fredonia State opened the scoring on a power play goal by Jared Wynia - his fifth goal of the season - 4:37 into the game. Tyler Sheppard and Taylor Bourne assisted.
Morrisville responded at the 14:11 mark to tie the game at 1-1.
Fredonia State struck first early in the second period on Chris Jung's second goal of the season. Brett Mueller assisted. Morrisville used a power-play to tie the game at the 17:44 mark.
At the 6:41 mark of the third period, the Devils went up 3-2 on their second power-play score, when Stephen Castriota connected for his third goal of the season. Bourne was credited with his second assist of the game.
Morrisville tied the game on an even-strength goal midway through the period. They tacked on the two late scores to claim the win.
Fredonia State's Mark Friesen made 42 saves while Christopher Azzano made 24 saves and allowed three goals for the Mustangs.
The Devils converted on 2-of-5 power-play opportunities compared to Morrisville netting one goal in four chances.
The Devils are back at Steele Hall next weekend to take on Potsdam and Plattsburgh.
Swimming and Diving
Wilkins, Divers claim wins over D-I Canisius
Natalia Wilkins claimed a victory in the 200 IM in Fredonia State's meet against Division I Canisius on Saturday.
Other winners were the 200 medley relay team of Stephanie Rosa, Jami Barber, Stephanie Andrasek and Elizabeth Schake. Diver Sarah Ficarro swept the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, with Ashley Keller finishing second in both events.
Wilkins finished in a time of 2:15.85. The relay squad touched out in a time of 1:55.84.
Ficarro tallied a score of 238.80 in the 1-meter, and 281.25 in the 3-meter. Keller's scores were 237.00 and 260.85.
Meanwhile, in the men's events, John Estanislau won the 200 IM and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team as the Devils played host to Canisius on Saturday.
Estanislau turned in a time of 2:01.33 in the IM and teamed with Liam Jones, William Baker and David Adamczak in the relay. They finished in a time of 3:16.29.
Ryan Fuller won the 3-meter diving competition (284.20) and was runner up off the 1-meter board (250.15).
Canisius claimed the team victory, 140-83.
The Devils are back home next Friday when they play host to Brockport.