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Blue Devils lax team wins first game of season

NEW PALTZ — A season-long wait ended with a late-game rally and a team women’s lacrosse record was shattered Saturday in Fredonia’s 16-15 overtime win Saturday over New Paltz.

Sophomore attack Madeline Haney scored the game-winning goal with four seconds left in the first overtime as the Blue Devils (1-12, 1-5) won for the first time this season. Freshman attack Emily Ellis assisted on the game-winner, which came while Fredonia was a player-up and completed a comeback from three goals down in the final four minutes.

The afternoon also belonged to senior goalkeeper Nicole Burrows and freshman attack Casey Villagomez. Burrows made 28 saves to shatter Fredonia’s single-game team record. The previous mark was 20 saves held by Burrows and two others. She is second on the Fredonia career saves list with 565. Villagomez led the Fredonia offense with seven goals and one assist. Her last three goals erased a 15-12 Fredonia deficit in the final 3:47, including the third with 12 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

The Blue Devils killed a two-minute penalty in overtime, then New Paltz was issued a yellow card with :18 seconds left prior to Haney’s game-winning goal.

Haney and freshman defender Alli Coon added three goals, freshman midfielder Alexis Skowron had two goals, and freshman attack Arriana Smith scored once. Villagomez was credited with five draw controls and three caused turnovers while Skowron collected three ground balls.

The next game for Fredonia is Tuesday at Geneseo.

Softball

Yudin pitches shutout as Blue Devils split

Fredonia sophomore right-hander Katie Yudin pitched a two-hitter as Fredonia defeated Potsdam, 6-0, in the first game of a SUNYAC softball doubleheader Saturday at Blue Devil Field. Potsdam turned back a Fredonia rally and won the nightcap, 4-3.

Yudin walked two and struck out four while winning her fourth game of the season. Senior first-baseman Katelyn Dennis provided Yudin with all the support she needed with a two-run homer in the last of the first. It was the 12th career homer by Dennis, a Fredonia team record.

The Blue Devils (8-19-1, 3-9 combined for 11 hits and scored in every inning but the fourth. Dennis, freshman Makenzie Keeler, junior Cassie Herman, senior Lauren Pixley, and freshman Megan Maull each had a pair of hits. Among them were doubles by Pixley and Maull, and a triple by Keeler.

Potsdam scored three runs in the first and one in the second to take a 4-0 lead in the second game against sophomore right-hander Sam Seegar. The Blue Devils broke through for one run in the fourth on an RBI single on Keeler, then scored two unearned runs in the last of the seventh, only to strand the tying run at second base.

The Blue Devils managed just six hits off winning pitcher Megan Fish, including a double and a single by junior Rhianna Paoletti.

Fredonia players wore pink jerseys and socks as part of their annual Strike Out Cancer game. They also placed signs on the fence with the names of cancer survivors for whom they were playing, Proceeds of a silent raffle will be donated to the Relay for Life of Chautauqua County.

Dennis was recognized by her teammates for collecting her 100th career hit earlier in the week vs. Geneseo. She is the 12th Fredonia player to reach the milestone and with three hits Saturday tied Lauren Larson for 11th on the team career list.

The Blue Devils are back in action at noon today when Plattsburgh visits Blue Devil Field.

Baseball

Devils shut out Brockport, but lose in nightcap

Senior Ryan Landers spun a five-hit shutout as the Fredonia baseball team cruised to an 8-0 over Brockport in the first game of the doubleheader. Brockport took the nightcap, 14-5.

Landers struck out four and walked three. He was aided by a 13-hit attack as the Devils scored a run in the first and a run in the second. Daniel Goodbread drove in Patrick Sheehan with the first run after Sheehan singled and stole second.

A dropped fly ball in the second led to another Fredonia run.

Two more runs in the fourth allowed the Devils to take command. Kole Brink (Frewsburg) drove in the first run on a base hit, then came around to score when Sheehan singled.

They tacked on three more in the sixth, and one in the top of the ninth.

Sheehan and Brink both finished with three hits, while Matt Kelner and Derek Fie each added a pair of safeties.

The Devils found themselves in trouble early in the second game after giving up eight runs in the first, and three in the second. Pierce Gardon took the loss on the mound.

Fredonia moves to 13-12 overall, and 4-9 in the SUNYAC. Brockport is now 15-15 and 9-7 in the conference.

The teams play the rubber match of the series at noon today.

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