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Weekend preview/road events
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Three Fredonia State teams will play at sites across New York State on the final weekend of the first semester. One other team will compete for the first time this school year.
The men's hockey team, women's basketball team, and men's basketball team will all be in action both Friday and Saturday -- all against SUNYAC opponents. Meanwhile, the men's and women's track and field teams will compete over two days at Kent State's Golden Flash Gala.
Here's a look at each team's schedule:
MEN'S HOCKEY -- Playing for the first time in 14 days, the Blue Devils (4-4-2, 2-3-1 SUNYAC) visit Brockport at 7 p.m. Friday. The two teams are part of a three-way tie for sixth place in the conference. Then it's on to Geneseo for a 7 p.m. game Saturday. "We have battled through injuries to a number of our upperclassmen," head coach Jeff Meredith said, "and we started out 0-3 in conference. To battle all of that and then be into early December, with a pivotal weekend, we are excited to be at this point and will be ready to go." Meredith said the two-week break from games came at the right time for his team. "It allowed us to heal up some injured guys," he said. "And more so from a mental point of view, it allowed us a break to get away and miss hockey." The Geneseo game is the final one of the semester, which consisted of 10 games someplace other than Steele Hall.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Records dating back to the 1981-82 season list no better start to a season than this year's 5-1 mark against non-conference opponents. The first SUNYAC tests are this weekend -- 6 p.m. Friday at New Paltz, 2 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta. "After winning five of our first six games," head coach Donna Wise said, "the team is feeling confident in their play thus far. We are looking to put together a solid surge in our performance to earn victories on the road." Two offensive trends that have emerged so far: The Blue Devils are outperforming their opponents from the beyond the arc (37 percent to 30 percent) and from the free-throw line (63 percent to 58 percent).
MEN'S BASKETBALL -- Like the Blue Devil women, the men are off to a 5-1 start -- their best since the 1991-92 team went 10-1. Like the women, the men are also at New Paltz and Oneonta this weekend. "We will be facing two very athletic and talented teams," head coach Kevin Moore said. "In order for us to have a chance we have to continue to focus on the defensive side of the game. We have played pretty good defense to this point (43% field-goal percentage defense) and we need to continue to build on that effort." Games times are 8 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
TRACK & FIELD -- The team's annual trek to Kent State is the first competition the indoor season, and the only meet of the first semester. The meet gets underway 2 p.m. Friday with some field events. The bulk of the meet is Saturday, with a 10 a.m. start. A separate story previewing the 2008-09 indoor team will appear on this website Friday.