Tough weekend for Blue Devils

CORTLAND — The Fredonia State men’s swim team put forth a strong effort, led by Patrick McCrone, at the Cortland Snowflake Invitational over the weekend.

McCrone took a pair of firsts in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes.

“The men’s team performed very well,” said head coach Bill Bradley. “We came in as underdogs with our roster size, but I was impressed where we finished. McCrone is on pace for some solid PRs by the end of the year.”

On Friday, the 200-yard medley relay team of McCrone, Noah Wisniewski, Tyler Conti and Lucas Weiner placed fifth in 1:45.04; McCrone took fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.65); Conti was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.05); and McCrone won his 100-yard backstroke (53.74).

On Saturday morning, Wisniewski, Aaron Burkett, Conti and McCrone took third in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:52.71); McCrone, Wisniewski, Conti and Michael Viollis were fourth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:52.31); and Burkett was third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (20:30.33).

On Saturday evening, McCrone won his 200-yard backstroke (1:58.70) and Wisniewski placed fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.45).

Cortland won with 1,059 points followed by Oneonta (639), Potsdam (470), Fredonia State (310), Buffalo State (303), Colby-Sawyer (136) and Jamestown Community College (2).


CORTLAND — In the final meet of the semester, the Fredonia State women’s swim team put forth a strong showing, finishing fourth at the Cortland Snowflake Invitational while seeing nearly every athlete put up personal bests.

The relay teams stood out, taking first place in three of the five events. Kayla Hagen added a pair of individual first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, as well as participating in all three relays.

Head coach Bill Bradley was pleased with the results of the weekend.

“We were seeded fifth or sixth for most of the relays and really showed out well,” he said. ” … This meet gives us insight to how our hard work will pay off.”

Of Hagen’s first, Bradley felt she had very good times and for the team in general, gives them a glimpse of what they can do.

On Friday evening, Hagen, Kaylee Constantino, Mindy Doktor and Megan Orrange took first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.57); Rachael Mayou was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:28.90); Hagen was first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.53); Doktor was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (26.46); and Hagen was second in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.08).

On Saturday morning, Constantino, Doktor, Mayou and Hagen won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:02.08); Doktor was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.33); Mayou was second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.51); Constantino was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.19); and Hagen, Constantino, Doktor and Mayou were first in the 400-yard medley relay (4:16.09).

On Saturday evening, Isabelle Price was fifth in 1-meter diving (336.15); Hagen was first in the 100-yard freestyle (55.11); Doktor was third in the 100-yard freestyle (57.42); and Constantino was third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:41.32).


GENESEO — The Fredonia State hockey team dropped a 4-0 game at Geneseo on Saturday evening.

After battling through the first two periods, Geneseo led 1-0 before racking up three goals in the third period.

The game went scoreless through the first period with Devils goaltender Logan Dyck stopping 17 shots.

Geneseo got on the board 1:11 into the second period. Things would stay that way until the third period.

The Knights used a power play at the 3:04 mark to double their lead.They added an even-strength goal at 8:43 and another power play at 16:17 to finish off the scoring.

Dyck ended the night with 46 saves, while Geneseo’s Matt Petizian stopped 26 shots en route to the shutout. The Knights improve to 8-3-2/4-2 SUNYAC.

The Devils (2-7-0/2-4-0 SUNYAC) return home next weekend. They take on Cortland Friday and Oswego on Saturday in Steele Hall.


GENESEO — The Fredonia State men’s basketball team fell at Geneseo 77-68 on Saturday.

Aaron Collins led the Devils with 19 points, and AJ Knight had 15 points, six steals, and three assists.

Geneseo led wire-to-wire and would build up a 39-20 lead by the half.

The Devils would make hay in the second half, outscoring Geneseo 48-38. The closest the Devils came was eight points, 76-68, after a 3-pointer by Knight inside the final minute.

Sebastian Pacheco led Geneseo with 22 points and nine rebounds.

The Devils have a busy week coming up with four home contests. They have conference tilts on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and a nonconference game vs. Penn State Behrend on Wednesday — all of the games being played in Dods Hall.


GENESEO — The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped a 63-56 road game to Geneseo on Saturday.

Renee Park and Laurell Brown led the offense with 11 points apiece. Amber Louos and Mary Culeton had 9 apiece.

The teams battled to a 13-all tie after the first quarter. The Devils would outscore Geneseo in the third and fourth, but it was a 20-8 advantage to Geneseo in the second quarter that proved to be the difference in the game.

A 10-0 run to open the second quarter gave Geneseo the lead for good. They would lead by as many as 13 in the half, 33-20, with 1:50 left to play.

The Devils never got too far behind, and would pull within two possessions late in the game. Consecutive baskets by Caitlyn Snyder, Culeton, and Brown cut the lead to four points, 58-54, with just under two minutes remaining.

Geneseo scored its next five points — all from the free-throw line — but the Devils could not convert anything offensively until Louis hit two free throws in the closing seconds of the game.

Lauren Romito posted a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds to go with three blocks as the Knights improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the SUNYAC.

The Devils fall to 3-5 and 0-3 in the conference. They will have a busy week at home coming up. They have conference games in Dods Hall on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday to wrap up the fall semester.


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