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DATE: Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weekend Preview

Hockey team, swimmers-divers home this weekend

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State men's hockey team plays host to a pair of SUNYAC opponents while the swimming and diving team holds its final home meet of the season at Steele Hall.

It's a road weekend for The men's and women's basketball teams, and the men's and women's track and field teams.

The hockey team entertains Brockport at 7 p.m. Friday and Geneseo at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both teams trail the Blue Devils (9-6-3, 5-2-2 SUNYAC) in the conference standings, and head coach Jeff Meredith is looking to keep it that way. His team is in third place, Geneseo is tied for fifth, and Brockport is eighth. The top six teams qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament.

"This weekend’s games," Meredith said, "will be contests between teams that all are in bad need of the points in order to make the SUNYAC playoffs. Brockport is a team full of seniors who are quick, work hard, and are desperate to return to the playoffs. This should be 60 minutes of pretty intense college hockey. As always, keys for us will be a quick start, special teams, and not turning the puck over in the neutral zone.

"(As for Geneseo) they are a dangerous team who is much better than their record suggest. Don’t forget that their senior class has won two SUNYAC Chanpionships. They know the way around January and February in conference play and will be another classic match-up."

Here's a weekend preview on each of the other Blue Devil teams:

SWIMMING & DIVING -- At 1 p.m. Saturday, the swimmers and divers will entertain teams from Hartwick and Oneonta. It's the final tuneup before the SUNYAC Championships, which will be held Feb. 6 through Feb. 9 at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo. It's also the final home meet for seniors Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), Ben Farley (Angola/Lake Shore), Scott Horsington (Churchville/Churchville-Chili), Stacy Krens (Brockport), Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East), Natalie Vavrasek (Horseheads), and team manager Lisa Harder. They will be honored during a pre-meet ceremony.

MEN'S BASKETBALL -- A SUNYAC road trip takes the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 SUNYAC) to Morrisville State on Friday and to Oswego on Saturday. Both games are 8 p.m. starts. Says Blue Devil head coach Kevin Moore: "Although Morrisville hasn’t won a conference game yet (the Mustangs are 0-6 in SUNYAC, 3-9 overall) they are still a very good team and have played many of the better teams in the league very close. We will need to be very focused on doing the things that we do well, playing great defense and rebounding the ball. Oswego (10-4, 4-2 SUNYAC), on the other hand, presents another set of challenges. They’re scoring 80 points per game and play very up-tempo. We are going to have to try to slow them down and make them play at a speed that they’re not used to and then maybe we’ll have a chance."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- One of the teams will get its first SUNYAC win Friday when the Blue Devils (5-9, 0-6 SUNYAC) travel to Morrisville State (0-10, 0-6 SUNYAC). That will be followed with a visit Saturday to Oswego (6-8, 1-5 SUNYAC). Both games start at 6 p.m. "We have our sights set," head coach Donna Wise said, "on getting back-to-back wins this weekend. When we accomplish that, I believe we will ignite the momentum we need to continue to qualify for the SUNYAC playoffs. The team has been working hard and we are staying focused on reaching that goal."

TRACK AND FIELD -- Fresh off the Mary Phillips Invitational last Saturday, the Blue Devils head west for the Denison Universty Lid-Lifter, where they will compete against the host team as well as Kenyon, Carnegie Mellon, Waynesburg, and Wooster. Junior throwing Julia Hopson (Poughkeepsie/Arlington) enters the meet as the No. 1 ranked 20-pound weight thrower among all NCAA Division III women.

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