Fredonia State will play host to SUNYAC championship, post-season, and regular-season events this weekend.
In addition, the campus will see the end of one regular season and the beginning of another.
The championship event will take place Saturday at Lake Erie State Park in Portland - the SUNYAC men's and women's cross country meets. The men's 8,000-meter race goes off at 11 a.m., the women's 6,000 at noon. All 10 SUNYAC schools will be represented.
A jam-packed schedule is on tap this weekend as Fredonia State will host SUNYAC playoff competition, as well as regular-season play.
"It should be a very exciting race for both programs," Blue Devil head coach Tom Wilson said. "This will be a very tough test, both mentally and physically, for my men and women."
The post-season event is a first-round SUNYAC Tournament women's soccer game between the Blue Devils and the New Paltz Hawks at 1 p.m., on the University Stadium grass field. It's the second straight postseason the two teams have met, and the second straight weekend. The Hawks were 1-0 winners in the 2011 SUNYAC semifinals.
The Blue Devils defeated the Hawks 3-2 last Saturday in a regular-season game at Fredonia.
"It should be a good, close, competitive game on Saturday," women's soccer head coach Chris Case said. "Both teams have had good seasons so far. Lately we have been playing well and hope to keep that going as we enter the playoffs."
Ticket prices - set by the SUNYAC - are $3 for children under 12 and $6 for all other children and adults. College students with a valid ID card will be admitted free of charge.
Regular-season play in SUNYAC hockey begins this weekend. Fredonia State, 1-1 after a pair of non-conference games last weekend, play host to Geneseo at 7 p.m. Friday and Brockport at 7 p.m., on Saturday, inside the Steele Hall Ice Arena. Doors open at 6 each night.
"We are billing this as a playoff game on Friday night against Geneseo," men's hockey head coach Jeff Meredith said. "The SUNYAC is brutally competitive and we have to get off to a great start. We would expect a one-goal game as are most of the conference games."
In non-conference home events Saturday:
The women's volleyball team closes out its regular season with matches against Ithaca at 11 a.m., and Hiram at 3 p.m. It's the final tune-up before the SUNYAC Tournament next Friday at Buffalo State. It is also the final home match for the lone senior on the team, outside hitter Lindsey Olson. She will be recognized during a ceremony prior to the 3 p.m. match.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams open their season at 1 p.m. against Rochester Institute of Technology at the Steele Hall Natatorium. It is the first of nine home dates, including the three-day Blue Devil Invitational Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Dec. 2.
Five Blue Devils
CORTLAND - The Fredonia State women's soccer team saw five members tabbed to the All-SUNYAC squad announced by the conference office on Thursday. A trio of Devils made the first team.
Senior midfielder Reilly Condidorio, junior forward Katie Kleine and senior goal keeper Meagan Meszaros were named First Team. Junior forward Kristi Putzig and junior defender Shannon Letina were Third-Team selections.
Condidorio tied for the team lead with eight goals and added three assists for 19 points. She was named the program's first All-American last season, and currently holds the school-record for career goals (42) and points (101). It was Conidorio's fourth time being selected to the First Team.
Kleine also had eight goals and led the team with seven assists for a team-best 24 points. Meszaros finished with seven shutouts on the season.
Putzig had six goals and two assists. Letina had one goal while anchoring the defense.
The Devils finished the regular season with a 12-3-2 record and went 6-2-1 in the conference, finishing as the No. 3 seed. They open the SUNYAC Tournament this Saturday at University Stadium vs. New Paltz. The Devils are currently ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA East Region poll.
Tylutki named to All-SUNYAC team for second time
CORTLAND - Fredonia State junior forward Luke Tylutki was named Third Team All-SUNYAC on Thursday.
Tylutki scored one goal on the season as the Devils finished 5-13-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the SUNYAC. As a sophomore in 2011, Tylutki was named to Second Team All-SUNYAC after scoring six goals.
Devils fall to Daemen
AMHERST - The Fredonia State women's volleyball team fell to Daemen College, 3-1, on Thursday, snapping a three-match win streak.
The Devils fell 25-16 in the first match before evening things by taking the second, 26-24. Daemen took the final two matches by scores of 25-16 and 25-14.
Junior Kaitlin Orcutt led the Devils with 11 kills. Senior Lindsey Olson added 10. Freshman setter Kelly Edinger had 28 assists and 10 digs.
Lauren Hokaj led the team with 27 digs and Meredith Smietana had three blocks.
The Devils fell to 17-14 on the season. They play host to Hiram and Ithaca Colleges in a tri-match this Saturday.