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Blue Devil teams are on the road this weekend

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DATE: Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weekend preview

FREDONIA, N.Y. --  All  Fredonia State winter teams are on the road this weekend.

Here's is a capsule look at each of those teams:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (at Morrisville State, 6 p.m. Friday; at Plattsburgh, 4 p.m. Saturday) - When they met at Steele Hall, the Blue Devils (7-10, 1-8 SUNYAC) edged Morrisville State. They will need to win again Friday in order to stay in the playoff hunt. A win Saturday at Plattsburgh will be harder to come by - the Cardinals were 11-point winners at Steele.

MEN'S HOCKEY (at Oswego, 7 p.m. Friday; at Cortland, 7 p.m. Saturday) -- The Blue Devils are 4-10-4 (2-5-3 SUNYAC), unfamiliar territory for head coach Jeff Meredith. How have they gotten to this point? The team is last in the conference in scoring. We have tried everything short of sacrificing a live chicken to try to loosen the goals up," Meredith joked. "(There's) not much more we can do other than keep shooting, keep driving the net without the puck and staying positive."

On the upside, the Blue Devils lead the conference in killing penalties and are first in fewest penalty minutes. Furthermore, they can still put themselves in the post-season conversation, but the whispers have to start now. "This is a big weekend," Meredith said. "We need to start getting some points in league. Our league is still pretty bunched up right now but I have a feeling that after the weekend, things will start to become a bit clearer."

MEN'S BASKETBALL (at Morrisville State, 8 p.m. Friday; at Plattsburgh, 6 p.m. Saturday) - The Blue Devils (10-6, 4-5 SUNYAC) defeated both of this weekend's opponents earlier this month at Steele Hall. Now they will have to do it on the road with Plattsburgh nipping at their heels for the eighth and final SUNYAC playoff berth.

TRACK & FIELD (at St. Lawrence, 11 a.m. Saturday) -- Billed at The Duel at Newell for the St. Lawrence's Newell Fieldhouse, the meet pits the Blue Devils against solid competition. "St. Lawrence has a well-rounded team so we will face competition in every event," head coach Liz Aldrich said. The throwing competition between senior Julia Hopson (Poughkeepsie/Arlington) against Western New York native and fellow NCAA competitor Alyssa Pirinelli is expected to draw interest,

SWIMMING & DIVING (swimmers at Edinboro, 1 p.m. Saturday; divers at Ithaca Diving Invitational, 10 a.m. Sunday) - It's rare when the teams are separated, but that's the case this weekend, the last meet before SUNYAC championships in mid-February.

First the swimming: "We have swum them (Edinboro) in two years," head coach Arthur Wang said, "(so it) should be interesting as our team is drastically different." The trip to Ithaca is a homecoming for Wang; he's an Ithaca College grad. "All our divers will get the experience to dive in a championship atmosphere and complete 11 dive lists," Wang said. "We look forward to the format and competition."


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