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Lacrosse Looking for Success in 2006
02/20/2006

FROSTBURG, MD - After a 7-10 finish last season, the Frostburg State lacrosse team looks to improve their record under the leadership of third-year Head Coach Nicole Bonvouloir.

However, the Bobcats will have their work cut out for them as they have to replace their two top scorers from last season, Page Macey and Kelley Duncan.

“Page is leaving us with some big shoes to fill,” said Head Coach Nicole Bonvouloir. “I am confident that the players we currently have will be able to step up and fill those shoes.”

This spring, senior Stefanie Ritz (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) will head the attack. In 2005, she was third on the team with 35 goals and picked up a team-high 97 ground balls. She ranked sixth in NCAA Division III lacrosse averaging 5.71 ground balls a game.

"Stefanie is the backbone of our attack," said Bonvouloir. "I will be looking for her to score and lead her younger teammates."

Also competing for time on the frontline will be senior Ann Long (New Market, Md./Linganore) and freshmen Meredith Martin (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) and Holly Reidt (Freeland, Md./Hereford (Essex CC)).

Long started in all 17 games last season scoring two goals and adding four assists.

Martin will more than likely have a starting position as a low attacker. She has a great stick and has the ability to read cutters. Reidt has a great stick and will see more time as the season progresses.

Leading the offenisve midfield will be juniors Brittany Brumby (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) and Ashley Mattison (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) sophomore Maria Schrum (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).

Brumby returns after taking the year off to recover from an injury. She will likely see a lot of time because she possesses speed, stick skills and the ability to read the field.

Mattison started all 17 games last season and will start this spring at the center position. She will be a big factor in running the offensive and defensive sets.

"Brittany has healed well and she should be a threat with her field vision," added Bonvouloir. "Ashley has a great understanding of the game and adds stick skills and speed to the midfield."

Schrum saw action in 16 games a year ago with 15 starts. She was third on the FSU squad with 16 assists while adding 17 goals and 50 ground balls.

“Maria has versatility that will allow her to be a low attacker and midfielder,” added Bonvouloir. “I will be looking for her to take control of the offensive side of the game.”

Also vying for time in the midfield is senior Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) and sophomores Lindsay Lamont (Sykesville, Md./Century) and Carly Rihard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll).

Tomko is the lone senior in the midfield and she returns after missing the last two seasons.

Lamont started in all 17 games a year ago, netting 20 goals and adding 11 assists. She was fifth on the team with 62 ground balls.

Rihard also started in all 17 games last season. She was fourth for the Bobcats with 64 ground balls.

"Both Lindsay and Carly will be on the defensive side of the midfield,” said Bonvouloir. “They add height and speed to the midfield.”

Sophomore Lizz Del Valle (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton) and freshman Danielle Merson (Fallston, Md./Fallston) are two newcomers who are working to challenge the veterans for playing time.

On the defensive side, the Bobcats return three starters - seniors Erin Young (Newark, Del./Glasgow) and Candi Burkhardt (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) as well as junior Tina Trent (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright).

Young caused 15 turnovers and picked up 40 ground balls in 2005, while Burkhardt forced 16 turnovers and nabbed 36 ground balls.

"Erin is another leader on defense and brings plenty of experience," noted Bonvouloir. "Candi is our most aggressive defender and also adds a lot of collegiate experience."

Trent will lead the defense after finishing the season ranked 19th in the nation averaging 4.82 ground balls per game. She was also second on the team with 82 ground balls. She also added seven goals and two assists.

"Tina will control the defensive unit because she is very vocal and tenacious. She is our top defender, stated Bonvouloir."

Junior Cassie Lesko (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech (Essex CC)) and freshman Jackie Sowers (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) are new Bobcats who will be competing for time on the field.

Lesko, a transfer from Essex Community College, is a very defensive oriented player. Sowers is a well-rounded defender who will see time right away.

Senior Meghan Norris (White Hall, Md./Hereford) and freshman Erin Morrell (Easton, Md./Easton) are two goalies that have to fill the void left by Rachael Lewis.

Norris appeared in four games making five saves while picking up two ground balls.

"Meghan has improved since last year while Erin has quick hands and is looking to earn the starting spot," added Bonvouloir.

This season, FSU lacrosse welcomes a new face to the coaching staff. Annie Sidorenko joins the lacrosse program as a volunteer coach while serving as the graduate assistant coach for the Bobcat field hockey program. Sidorenko comes to FSU after a solid playing career at Division I Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. She was a four-year starter for the Red Flash field hockey team at both halfback and midfield and served as team captain as a senior. She played three years of lacrosse as well, starting in the midfield, on defense and in goal.

This season will be another tough test for FSU. The Bobcats host defending national champion College of New Jersey and travel to national runner-up Salisbury. They also face top-20 nationally ranked opponents, Washington and Lee (11) and St. Mary’s (14) "Overall, we are a well-rounded team. We have more depth than in years past and we hope to improve on last year's record. We will again have to defeat nationally ranked teams to earn a shot at the postseason."

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
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu