FROSTBURG, MD —
The Frostburg State women’s lacrosse team will take on a much different look in 2002 under fourth-year head coach Eric Day. Having lost its top three scorers to graduation, the Bobcats add eight newcomers to join seven returning players from last season’s 8-6 squad that advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament.
FSU, which is off to an early 2-0 start after road wins over Christopher Newport (16-6) and Virginia Wesleyan (8-6), has posted a 28-19 record under Day, and the Bobcats have made back-to-back ECAC appearances the last two seasons. Day will look to a strong defensive corps to anchor the squad while a relatively inexperienced offensive attack aims to take advantage of every opportunity.
Senior speedster Adey Ntam (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) will again lead a solid defense from the third man position. Ntam, a Regional All-America selection the last two seasons, led the Bobcats with 92 ground balls and added four goals and two assists last year.
Juniors Katie Binder (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) and Kim Faust (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) will start at point and cover point, respectively.
Binder appeared in all 14 games with eight starts last season and helped FSU hold opponents to eight goals or less eight times. She grabbed 16 ground balls and scored her first career goal in a 34-0 blowout of Hood last year.
Faust enters her first year with the Bobcat women’s lacrosse team after enjoying standout seasons with both the FSU field hockey and basketball teams.
Freshman Shauna Batson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) will also see time on lower defense.
Sophomore Sarah Shockley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) returns in goal after gaining valuable experience a year ago. Shockley, who was pressed into action when senior Beth Bettien went down with an injury, posted a 4-5 record with a 12.00 goals against average.
Shockley added 119 saves and a .520 save percentage, and she will surely benefit from the addition of assistant coach Nicole Bonvouloir, an All-American goalie at Division II Mercyhurst last year.
The midfield returns excellent experience with senior wing Danielle Foote (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) and junior center Andrea Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool).
Foote ranked sixth on the team in scoring last season (six goals, seven assists, 13 pts) and collected 44 groundballs, while Duffy was fourth in scoring (16 g, four assists, 20 pts) and snared 62 ground balls.
Freshman Caitlin Howley (Damascus, Md./Damascus) will start on the wing opposite Foote, and senior Paula Morgan (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) will add experience and depth after seeing action in 13 games and scoring a goal last year.
A revamped offensive unit will look to adjust to the graduation of attackers Heather Brown and Darla Burns as well as midfielder Annie Macey. The trio combined for 114 goals, 59 assists and 173 points last season. Brown and Macey will lend their knowledge and ability as assistant coaches for the Bobcats this year.
Senior Melissa Lennon (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) is the lone returner among the five projected starters on attack. Lennon ranked third on the team with 26 goals and finished fourth with 31 points, and Day will look to her experience and leadership to guide a young complement of players.
Sophomore Courtney Bayless (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) and freshman Page Macey (Linthicum, Md./North County), Annie’s younger sister, will get the nods at second and third home, respectively.
Freshmen Cathy Moffit (Severna Park, Md./Mt. de Sales) and Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti will start on the wings, with fellow rookie Katherine Daschiell battling for time.
Another challenging schedule awaits this youthful squad. FSU will face nationally ranked opponents Salisbury, College of New Jersey and St. Mary's (Md.), as well as traditionally strong Lynchburg and Goucher.
"We have a solid defensive unit, but we’re just very young at the offensive end of the field," said Day. "We need to learn how to play at the college level. If the players mature and understand what we’re trying to do, then I think we’ll be a pretty good team."
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