CORTLAND - Fredonia State will await a decision from the national selection committee Sunday night to learn if they have received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament.
The Blue Devils bid to become an automatic qualifying team by winning the SUNYAC Tournament title was thwarted Friday with a 10-3 loss to the Geneseo Blue Knights at SUNY Cortland. The Blue Knights will meet the host Cortland Red Dragons with the conference title at stake beginning 3:30 p.m. today.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 14-3 overall after a 14-0 start. All three losses came to SUNYAC teams with a national profile. Cortland is No. 4 while Brockport and Geneseo received votes in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association rankings.
"This might have been the worst game we played all year," Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. "We were up around 25-30 turnovers in the game. We just did not come to play today. It was very frustrating. I hope for the seniors' sake, we get an at-large bid because that would be a difficult way to go out."
The Blue Devils were No. 16 in the latest IWLCA poll.
Geneseo led throughout Friday's semifinal and built a 5-0 lead before the Blue Devils scored for the first time, an unassisted goal by Kaila Fox, her 21st of the season, with 5:54 left in the first half.
"It was frustrating," Case said of the slow start. "I think our defense after a slow start, we held them to five or goals for a while. They extended the lead when we really pressured out. We gave them better looks, but we were forced to do that. It's the second game in a row we got off to a slow start which has forced us to play a different style from behind. It really exposes our defense."
Shelby DePew scored from the free position, her 11th goal of the season, at 23:33 of the second half to make it 5-2 and the Blue Devils appeared to make it 5-3, only to have the goal waived off. Geneseo scored the next four goals before Rachael Reinis scored her 25th goal of the season with 9:06 left.
Senior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa finished with nine saves in what could have been her final collegiate game unless the NCAA tournament committee awards Fredonia State one of six at-large bids. The announcement will be made Sunday night.
Chiesa had a good game today," Case said. "Without her, it could have easily been 20-3."
Also potentially appearing in their final collegiate games were Fox, Reinis, and Erin Edson.
Blue Devils drop SUNYAC tourney game to Cortland
CORTLAND - Fredonia State was unable to overcome a rocky start Friday and lost to No. 4 ranked Cortland, 11-3, on the first day of the double-elimination SUNYAC baseball tournament.
The Blue Devils (18-15) trailed 6-1 after three innings, pulled back within three runs in the top of the fourth, yet were unable to get closer. The Red Dragons (32-9) put the game away with a five-run seventh.
The Blue Devils, who'll meet New Paltz at 10 a.m. Saturday, drew first blood when Jake Nowak (Depew) walked, moved to second on a single by Brian Sheehan, and scored on a single by Dillon Lowe in the top of the first inning.
The Red Dragons drew even with a run in the last of the first, scored twice in the second, and added three runs in the third, to chase Blue Devil starter Zachary Hugg. Three relievers followed Hugg. Thomas Morris allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, Joseph Tingue (South Dayton) pitched a scoreless third of an inning, and Evan Carmello (Fredonia) pitched one scoreless inning.
Offensively, Sheehan and Erik Krohl had two hits each while Nowak and Kenny Johnston each had an RBI in a two-run fourth inning. The Blue Devils left 11 runners stranded.
Fredonia State and New Paltz met in a three-game series in mid-April at Ludwig Field with the Hawks winning the first two games, 10-8 and 5-0, and the Blue Devils winning the third game, 7-1.
New Paltz fell to Oswego, 9-5, in Friday's other SUNYAC Tournament game
Lefort second after first day of decathlon
CORTLAND - Fredonia State senior Spencer Lefort is in second place after the first day of the SUNYAC men's decathlon competition Friday at SUNY Cortland.
Lefort earned 3,381 points after the first five events and trails Plattsburgh senior Ben Depo by 17 points heading into Saturday's final five events.
Blue Devil freshman Tyler Gajewski is seventh with 2,728 points while sophomore Doug Imperi is eighth with 2,718 points.
Lefort was no worse than third in any of the five events Friday. He was the top high jumper among the 12 participants and earned 731 points after clearing 1.92 meters. He was second in the 100-meter dash (11.52 seconds/748 points), second in the shot put (10.67 meters/526 points), third in the long jump (6.38 meters/670 points), and third in the 400 meters (52.43 seconds/706 points).
Gajewski's best standing was third in the shot put (10.64 meters). Imperi was sixth-best in the 400 (55.09 seconds).
The competition will conclude Saturday with the 110-meter hurdles, the discus, the pole vault, the javelin, and the 1,500.
Women's Track &?Field
Wasielewski competes in Day 1 of heptathlon
CORTLAND - Kayleigh Wasielewski is fifth out of eight women after the first day of the women's heptathlon at the 2013 SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field championship meet.
Wasielewski earned 2,249 points in Friday's four events. She ran a 17.23 seconds in the 100 high hurdles and 28.60 seconds in the 200 meters. In addition, she cleared 1.55 meters in the high jump and threw the shot put 8.26 meters.
The long jump, javelin throw, and 800 meters will be contested Saturday. The championship meet is being held at SUNY Cortland.