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Lacrosse Drops Season Opener to Virginia Wesleyan
03/10/2003

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — The Frostburg State lacrosse team lost a close 12-11 decision on Saturday to Virginia Wesleyan.

The Blue Marlins rallied from an 11-5 deficit in the second half, going on a six-goal scoring spree to complete the come-from-behind win.

A pack of Freshmen Bobcats led the offense as Kelly Duncan (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) scored three goals, Stefanie Ritz (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) scored two goals and an assist and Kate Nicol (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) found the net and added an assist.

Sophomore Page Macey (Linthicum, Md./North County)led the Bobcat offense with two goals and two assists.

Other sophomore contribution came from Caitlin Howley (Damascus, Md./Damascus) with one goal and two assists and Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) with one assist.

Junior Sarah Shockley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) had 15 saves while senior Andrea Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) found the net twice.

In the first half, VW went on a four-goal tear. FSU answered when Kelley Duncan found the net at 14:30. At 16:48, Duffy found the net off an assist from Macey.

The Bobcats continued to notch forward when Macey scored off an assist from Kate Nicol at 13:58. At 12:03, Ritz put one in, aided with an assist from Macey.

The Bobcats passed VW when Macey scored at 11:25. Duncan found net again at 11:08 off an assist from Ritz.

VW contributed its final goal of the half at 3:13. At the end of the half, FSU led 6-5.

In the second half, the Bobcats looked to be in control with Howley notching the score to 7-5 with a goal at 29:38. At 25:00, Ritz found the net off an assist from Tomko.

At 23:02 Duffy scored with Nicol finding the net shortly after at 22:05 off an assist from Howley. VW added another goal at 18:50, but FSU immediately replied at 18:27 when Duncan scored off an assist from Howley.

The surprising end to the competition came after VW made six in a row, the final goal coming with just 2:42 left to play.

"At the end of the game they started to pressure us and they capitalized on our youth as a team," said FSU head coach Eric Day. "They managed to steal a little of our composure."

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday, March 15 when it visits Lynchburg at 1:00 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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