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DATE: Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009

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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- A nationally ranked men's hockey team and the fifth-highest scoring men's basketball team in the nation will visit Steele Hall this weekend to face Fredonia State teams.

Manhattanville College, ranked No. 11 in the latest USCHO.com poll, will play a two-game series vs. the host Blue Devils -- 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday -- at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. The Valiants will bring an 8-2-2 record into the Friday game. The Blue Devils are 4-7-3 heading into the weekend.

"They are a team that is extremely stingy in terms of them giving up goals," Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said of the Valiants. "They are disciplined and very organized in their system, combining that with solid goaltending to keep teams off the board ... We want to play the exact same way that they do. We look at this weekend as great opponents for us to get ready for SUNYAC play next weekend.''

Both Fredonia State basketball teams will play also play twice at home this weekend. Oswego provides the opposition Friday at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men). Morrisville State is Saturday's foe with game times at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Oswego men come to town with a 7-4 record, 3-1 in the SUNYAC, and the fifth-best scoring offense in NCAA Division III. "I think our biggest challenge," Fredonia State head coach Kevin Moore said, "will be trying to slow down Oswego State. They're averaging 88 points per game ... we're going to have to work very, very hard at slowing them down. We're going to have our hands full.

The matchup Friday vs. Morrisville State would seem to favor the Blue Devil men, who are 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the SUNYAC. The visiting Mustangs will take a 1-9 overall record, 0-4 in the SUNYAC, into their road game Friday at Buffalo State.

On the women's side, Fredonia State will be looking for its first SUNYAC win this weekend. The Blue Devils are 6-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference. Conversely, the Oswego women are 5-7 overall and 3-1 SUNYAC, while Morrisville State is 2-8 overall and 0-4 SUNYAC heading into its game at Buffalo State.

Also home Saturday are the Blue Devil swimmers and divers against Nazareth and Ithaca (women only) at 1 p.m. inside the Steele Hall Natatorium. It's the first meet of the year following a 10-day training trip to Coral Springs, Fla. "the team looks forward to the competition," head coach Arthur Wang said, "as the SUNYAC championships are now less than one month away." The SUNYAC meet is Feb. 11-14.

While in Florida, the Blue Devils trained alongside the Bowling Green women and competed in a non-scoring meet vs. Xavier. Both Ohio teams are NCAA Division I programs. "I think many of the team members enjoyed training with another team," he said. "It showed there isn't much difference between divisions."


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