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Super season comes to a close
Monday, May 18, 2015

 Super season comes to a close

Kristie Kleine led Fredonia's scoring with two goals, giving her five on the weekend and 34 on the season.

The greatest season in Fredonia women's lacrosse history is over.

The Blue Devils were eliminated from the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse tournament Sunday with a 16-9 quarterfinal loss to regional host Franklin and Marshall.

It was Fredonia's first trip to the NCAA quarterfinals and the final time on the field for four four-year players, including two All-Americans.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 17-4 overall -- four more wins in a season than ever before. Three of their losses came to teams in the NCAA final four -- F&M on Sunday and twice to SUNYAC champ Cortland.

Senior midfielder Katie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) picked up four assists. The Second Team All-American raised her career scoring total to 291 points, a new school record.

Meanwhile, senior attacker Marissa Cussins (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) picked up two more goals, her team-leading 63rd and 64th of the season. She finished the season with 90 points, a single-season school record. Her career total of 273 points ranks third all-time.

Franklin and Marshall -- ranked No. 3 nationally compared to No. 17 Fredonia -- jumped to an 8-1 lead at halftime. The Diplomats (20-2) owned their lead in large part to a 10-0 advantage in draw controls in the first half.

The Blue Devils cut the deficit to 8-4 on goals by Cussins, sophomore attacker Kristie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia), and sophomore attacker Sam Owen (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) early in the second half.

The goal by Owen with 23:44 remaining caused F&M head coach Mike Faith to call a timeout. The Diplomats' Emily D'Erasmo won the ensuing draw control and ran through the defense to score. Seconds later, a goal by Paige Moriarty put F&M up 10-4.

Fredonia's comeback attempt was finished.

Kristie Kleine led Fredonia's scoring with two goals, giving her five on the weekend and 34 on the season.

Single goal-scorers for Fredonia were graduate student and defender Shelby DePew (Macedon, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon), senior attacker Katie Glagolev (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas), and freshman defender Audrey Yokopovich (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas). The Blue Devils were also awarded an own goal.

Cussins led the Blue Devils with four ground balls while Yokopovich and junior defender Jessica Tuttle (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) had three each. Katie Kleine finished with four draw controls, giving her a school career record of 197. She also had two caused turnovers, adding to her school-record total of 132. She also finished with 138 career assists, another Fredonia school record.

Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Burrows (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) finished with 13 saves. She also had two caused turnovers. Burrows played every minute of every game in 2015.

While Fredonia's season ended, F&M advanced to its fifth NCAA semifinals. The Diplomats are two-time national champs.

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