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ATHLETICS: Fall 2010 Season Roundup

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL  hosted the SUNYAC championships by sweeping all eight West Division matches during the regular season. It was the fourth straight year the Blue Devils earned the West’s No. 1 seed. This year, the team fell to New Paltz in the semifinals. Senior Kaitlin Erdmann (Randolph) made the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team. She also was one of four Blue Devils chosen All-SUNYAC during the regular season. Erdmann and junior Brittany Lis (Lancaster) made the First Team. Senior Jenna Tatu (Tonawanda) and junior Chelsea Senn (Hamburg) were Second Team picks. It was Erdmann’s fourth straight All-SUNYAC year, three times on the First Team. Coach Geoff Braun’s career record improved to 265-157. At age 34, he is among the top five NCAA Division III women’s volleyball coaches to attain at least 200 wins before age 40.

CROSS COUNTRY   The men were ranked in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Region all season. They finished ninth in the regional meet. Senior twin brothers Nick and Josh Guarino (Bergen) made the all-regional team after finishing 23rd and 35th, respectively. Nick missed qualifying for the NCAA championships by three seconds. At SUNYACs, the men finished third for the second straight year. Nick also made post-season news when SUNYAC named him the Dr. Sam Molnar Award winner. He became the eighth Blue Devil to win the honor, given annually to SUNYAC’s top male student-athlete. Nick and sophomore Jake Krautwurst (LeRoy) finished eighth and 13th, respectively, to make the All-SUNYAC team. The women moved up two spots at SUNYACs and six spots at regionals under first-year head coach Mike Garger. The top four finishers at the SUNYACs were freshmen, led by season-long No. 1 Becca List (Hilton).

MEN’S SOCCER   earned the No. 2 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. A 1-0 semifinal loss to Brockport in double-overtime ended 2010 with a 10-9 record, highlighted by a 7-2 SUNYAC mark. Head coach P.J. Gondek’s lineup consisted of six All-SUNYAC selections. Senior Ryan O’Donnell (Orchard Park) made the First Team. A four-time All-SUNYAC choice, he earned 29 goals and 77 points as a Blue Devil. Both totals rank fifth all-time at Fredonia.

Four other seniors made the Second Team: Eli Lubberts (Ontario), John Grabowski (Middleport/Roy-Hart), Peter Dagel (Rochester), and Stephen Ahern (Nottingham, U.K.). Junior David Thoin (Buffalo) made the Third Team. Junior Bobby McGinnis (Elmira) and sophomore Ryan Smith (Fairport) made the SUNYAC All-Tournament team.

WOMEN’S SOCCER   honored its 25th season at Fredonia with a Homecoming reunion of close to 40 alumnae spanning three decades. This year’s team finished 8-10 overall and 3-6 in the SUNYAC. Freshman Taylor Wingerden (Macedon) made Second Team All-SUNYAC. She tied teammate Reilly Condidorio’s 2008 school-record for goals by a freshman (10) and fell one shy of Condidorio’s 23 points. Coach Chris Case is looking forward to having both players on the field together next fall. Condidorio (LeRoy), a junior, missed 2010 due to injury. Senior Julie LaPolla (Penfield) finished tied for 10th on the all-time Fredonia goals list with 17. She earned SUNYAC Player of the Week honors after scoring back-to-back game-winning goals vs. Elmira and Cortland.

WOMEN’S TENNIS –   Head coach Joe Calarco’s team worked its way to a .500 record and a 2-1 finish in the SUNYAC. Two players won singles matches at the SUNYACs: senior Anna Norris (Binghamton) and freshman Alison Phillips (Orchard Park), the team’s No. 1 and No. 5 players, respectively.

posted @ Friday, January 28, 2011 12:54 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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