Fredonia State will meet Geneseo at 3 p.m. today in the semifinals of the SUNYAC women's lacrosse tournament at Cortland.
The Blue Devils, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division III by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, are the No. 2 seed among the four remaining teams. They take a 14-2 record into the tournament.
Geneseo is the No. 3 seed. The Knights, 11-4 overall, received votes yet did not crack the Top 20 in this week's IWLCA poll.
The teams met once during the regular season. The Blue Devils were 9-8 winners at home April 9 in a see-saw game with nine lead changes. Neither team led by more than one goal.
Junior midfielder Katie Kleine had four goals, junior midfielder Marissa Cussins had two, and senior midfielder Rachael Reinus scored the game-winner with 11:20 left while senior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa made seven saves in the previous meeting. The Blue Devils will be without the services of Kleine this time around due to a season-ending injury sustained April 21 at Brockport.
Cussins has emerged as the leading scorer for the Blue Devils with 66 points - 53 goals and 13 assists. The idled Kleine is next with 65 points, followed by Reinis with 44, sophomore attack Katie Glagolev with 39, and senior midfielder Kaila Fox with 27. Kleine (57), Cussins (44) and Reinis (30) have been Fredonia State's top players on draw controls.
In addition, Kleine (25) and Cussins (24) are the top Blue Devils in causing turnovers, followed by Chiesa with 22 and junior defender Mary Bruton with 20. Chiesa has a team-high 54 ground balls - Kleine has 40, Cussins 39, and Reinis 37 - in addition to her goalkeeping record of 14-2 with an 8.24 goals against average and a .478 save percentage.
The championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
NOTES: The Blue Devils are appearing in the SUNYAC Tournament for the second straight season. They were defeated by Buffalo State 16-13 in the semifinal round last year, then fell to St. John Fisher 9-8 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Women's Track and Field
SUNYAC meet draws 27
Blue Devil women
Fredonia State have had 27 women qualify for the SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field championship meet, which will be run today and Saturday at SUNY Cortland.
Several events have multiple entrants, led by six women in the hammer throw. There are also four Blue Devils in the 800 meters and four in the 1,500.
The top seeds of the 27 are senior Chelsea Haag in the 10,000, junior Emily Cummiskey in the triple jump and freshman Olivia Kurbs in the pole vault. All three women are seeded fourth in their respective events. Cummiskey is also No. 8 in the long jump.
Other high seeds are freshman Kayleigh Wasielewski, No. 5 in both the high jump and the heptathlon; sophomore Amanda Cocchiara, No. 5 in the 3,000 steeplechase; junior Kelci Yousett, No. 6 in the triple jump and No. 7 in the pole vault; junior Kim Foltz, No. 6 in the 5,000 and No. 8 in the 800; junior Anna Hourihan, No. 6 in the 5,000; freshman Lauren Acevado, No. 6 in the javelin; senior Leslie Beaton, No. 7 in the 800; sophomore Jenna Fiacco, No. 7 in the javelin; and sophomore Meghan Devine, No. 8 in the javelin.
Loren Metzger, a junior, is No. 7 in the hammer throw and one of six Blue Devils entered in the event. The others are Fiacco, senior Kathleen Goodberlet, freshman Brianne Paganello, junior Jessica McClean and freshman Heather Rickman. The Blue Devils' throws coach is Julia Williamson, who holds both the SUNYAC meet and conference records in the hammer throw from her undergraduate days at Fredonia State.
The top eight finishers in each event earn points in the team competition, won last year by Cortland. The Blue Devils finished seventh.
Men's Track and Field
Freshman sprinter tops SUNYAC seed list
Fredonia State freshman Eric Williams is top-seeded in the men's 110-meter high hurdles heading into the SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field championship meet today and Saturday at Cortland.
Williams' best time of the year is :14.84 seconds, just ahead of teammate and fifth-year senior Carl Caughell, who is the No. 2 seed at :15.06 seconds. Both sprinters are also members of the No. 4 ranked 4-by-100 relay, while Williams is ranked No. 10 in the 200.
Fredonia State has several other top eight seeds among the 17 men scheduled to compete this weekend. Among them are senior Cody Dahleiden, who is tied for No. 2 in the pole vault and is also No. 8 in the 400 hurdles.
Also, junior Alex Brennan is tied for No. 2 in the long jump and is No. 6 in the triple jump; freshman Collin Mulcahy and sophomore Zakk Hess are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the 1,500; senior Max Radley is No. 4 in the hammer throw; senior Spencer Lefort is No. 5 in the high jump; sophomore Chris Shartrand is No. 7 in the 3,000 steeplechase; and junior Ben Goebel is No. 7 in the pole vault.
Three Blue Devils are entered in the decathlon, including Lefort, who finished seventh in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division Indoor Track & Field championship meet in March, yet has not attained a decathlon score this spring. He is the defending SUNYAC decathlon champ. In addition, freshman Tyler Gajewski (Dunkirk) is No. 3 and junior Doug Imperi (Angola) is No. 9 heading into the meet.
The Blue Devils finished fifth in the conference standings last year, won by Cortland, in which the top eight finishers in each event earn team points.