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Frostburg State Favored to Win AMCC Titles in Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball

GIBSONIA, PA — Frostburg State University is the preseason favorite to win Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference titles in women’s soccer and women’s volleyball according to a vote by the league’s head coaches.

The Bobcat women’s soccer team received nine of 10 first-place votes and was followed by Penn State Behrend, last season’s runner-up. La Roche and Pitt-Greensburg tied for third.

FSU looks to win the AMCC crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.

Last season, FSU finished 16-5 overall, won its first AMCC regular-season title with a perfect 6-0 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

The Bobcats, who won a school-record 12-straight matches, edged Westminster, 3-2, in the opening round before falling to No. 2 Scranton 1-0 in the region semifinals.

The Bobcats will be led again by senior forward Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./North East), who was named the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight year.

Last season, she set FSU single-season records with 24 goals and 53 points to earn AMCC Player of the Year and first-team NSCAA Great Lakes Region honors.

Kotofski enters her final season as FSU’s all-time leader in goals (62) and points (138).

The FSU women’s volleyball team is the overwhelming favorite to win its third straight AMCC title ahead of Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford. The Bobcats have won six conference crowns in the league’s seven-year existence.

Last year, FSU posted a perfect 12-0 mark in the AMCC for the second year in a row en route to a 31-4 finish. The Bobcats won the AMCC regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.

FSU swept Rutgers-Newark 3-0 in the opening round for its first-ever NCAA win before falling to No. 1 Juniata 3-0 in the region semifinals.

The Bobcats return 13 of 15 players from last season, including senior outside hitter Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline), who was named the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Last season, Petrick was named the AMCC Player of the Year after leading FSU with 368 kills and 71 service aces. She enters her final year as FSU’s all-time leader with 219 aces.

The FSU men’s soccer team has been predicted to finish second in the AMCC behind defending champion Penn State Behrend in the league’s other preseason poll.

Last year, the Bobcats finished 10-7-2 overall, tied for the AMCC regular-season title with Behrend with a 5-1 mark and fell to the Lions 1-0 in the AMCC championship match.

FSU earned the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament but fell to No. 7 McDaniel 4-1 in the opening round.

Pitt-Greensburg junior forward Adam Zeleznick was selected the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year. He earned first-team all-conference honors last season after scoring 26 goals and adding four assists in 22 games.

The AMCC welcomes three new members this season — Hilbert College, Medaille College and Mt. Aloysius College. Conference tournament winners will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2004.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780