Fredonia State upset nationally ranked St. John Fisher, 10-7, in women's lacrosse Tuesday for the second straight season.
"It was nice," Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said of the win. "We got our first game in at home and in the first half, we were amazing. We were awesome and we took it right to St. John Fisher."
Junior midfielder Marissa Cussins scored six goals to lead the Blue Devils' attack for the second time in two seasons against the Cardinals.
"Cussins had a great game," Case noted. "She had six goals (Tuesday). She did well and she just kept attacking and they didn't have an answer for her."
Fredonia State defeated Fisher, 14-13, in double-overtime last season on a game-winning goal by Cussins. The Cardinals were then, like now, ranked No. 14 nationally by the IWLCA while the Blue Devils were unranked, same as this year.
The victory was the fifth straight and lifted the Blue Devils to 5-2. The Cardinals fell to 5-2.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Cussins, junior midfielder Katie Kleine and freshman attacker Emily Polizzi in just under nine minutes.
Cussins scored three more times and Polizzi once more to push the lead out to 7-1. The Cardinals gained a measure of momentum with a player-down goal by Jill Zerrillo in the final minute of the first half.
Fredonia State took its largest lead, 9-2, on two more goals by Cussins - giving her 12 goals in the last two games and 13 against St. John Fisher the past two seasons - before the Cardinals made things interesting. They scored three straight goals, and five of the last six in the game. Blue Devil freshman goalkeeper Jessica Zagari made two key saves down the stretch to keep the score from getting closer.
"Our team defense held (St. John Fisher) to two goals in the first half," Case said. "And that was against a team that had been scoring pretty much whenever they wanted. I have to give a lot of credit to the defense."
In addition to her one goal, Kleine had two assists plus team-highs for ground balls (three, tied with two teammates), draw controls (three) and caused turnovers (four). Senior defender Mary Bruton also had three ground balls and three caused turnovers, and Zagari had 3 ground balls in addition to eight saves.
Junior attack Katie Glagolev had one goal.
Sierra Badger and Taylor Hughes had two goals each for St. John Fisher. Samantha Barton was credited with two ground balls, two caused turnovers, and 6 draw controls.
Fredonia State enters SUNYAC play this weekend - the first of seven conference games - when they visit Oswego. Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday.
Gannett earns SUNYAC Pitcher of Week Award
Fredonia State junior right-hander Kelsey Gannett has been named SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week in women's softball.
Gannett appeared in four games last week during the Dot Richardson Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. The highlight of the week was a 3-0 no-hitter over Framingham State. She pitched out of several jams of her own doing (six walks and one error) and was backed by one defensive jam, a diving stop up the middle by second baseman Kim Lotocki.
Gannett recorded 29 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings of work and posted a 2.62 earned run average during the week. Her season totals are a 2-3 record with a 2.22 ERA.
The Blue Devils - 3-6 on the Florida trip - return to action Saturday at Buffalo State, the first of nine SUNYAC doubleheaders on the 2014 schedule.
Changes Made to Baseball Schedule
The following changes have been made to the Fredonia State baseball schedule:
Wednesday's game vs. Hilbert has been postponed until further notice.
The Oneonta series is now Saturday-Sunday. Saturday starts at noon with a doubleheader (nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game). Sunday's start time is slated for noon. That will be a single, nine-inning game.