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Women's Lacrosse Aiming High in 2005
03/01/2005

FROSTBURG, Md. -After an impressive 10-5 season in 2004, Frostburg State second-year Head Coach Nicole Bonvouloir looks to keep the Bobcat women’s lacrosse program moving forward. With a slightly smaller roster than last season, Bonvouloir’s goals have not changed.

“We want to improve on last year’s record and challenge the nationally ranked opponents we face this season,” said Bonvouloir, whose squad ranked fourth in the nation with 39.80 ground balls per game in 2004. “We would also like to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament.”

Reaching those goals will certainly be a challenge, considering a schedule featuring six preseason Top-20 opponents and the loss of regional All-American goalie Sarah Shockley.

However, the team returns its top four leading scorers from a year ago, which should take some pressure off the defense.

Leading the attack will be three-time regional All-American senior Page Macey (Lithicum, Md./North County). Macey has led the team in scoring for the past three years. Last season, she tied her career-high with 52 goals and added 26 assists for a career-high 78 points.

“Page shows great leadership by example,” said Bonvouloir. “I can’t ask for more as a coach.”

The Bobcats will also look for juniors Stefanie Ritz (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Ann Long (New Market, Md./Linganore) and freshman Jeanine Harrington (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) to assist on the attack.

Last season, Ritz was second on the team with 30 goals, and she picked up 73 ground balls to rank 16th in the nation (4.87 per game) in that category.

“Stephanie is a potential All-American,” said Bonvouloir. “She has great, smooth stick skills and gives us another solid offensive threat alongside Page.”

Long saw action in nine games last season and will be looking to contribute more in the scoring department after finding the net once.

“Ann has improved since last year, she will be a good contributor to the team,” added Bonvouloir.

Harrington, who played field hockey for the Bobcats last fall, has the ability to find the net and was a two-time all-conference selection in high school.

In the midfield attacker position are junior Kelly Duncan (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), sophomore Brittany Brumby (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) and freshman Maria Schrum (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).

Duncan was third on the team in goals (28) and points (32) in 2004. She is going to be looked upon to lead the midfield and will take most of the draws.

Brumby rounds out the top four returning scorers, having found the net 20 times last year. She is definitely going to be expected to add to FSU’s scoring punch and use her speed to her advantage.

Schrum will challenge for time on the field with her great shooting ability and placement of the ball.

On the defensive side of the midfield will be junior Erin Young (Newark, Del./Glasgow), sophomore Ashley Mattison (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and freshmen Lindsay Lamont (Skyesville, Md./Century) and Carly Rihard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll).

Young, who started 14 games last season, is being pushed back farther than she was last year because of her strong defensive abilities and field sense.

Mattison, who played in all 15 games a year ago, is moving from midfield to defence.

“Ashley is picking up the new position quickly and has the potential to be a great defender,” said Bonvouloir.

Lamont, who helped her high school team win the state championship as a senior, brings great field sense, speed and scoring ability. Rihard will be a huge asset in the midfield with her great knowledge of the game and strong all-around abilities.

Sophomore Tina Trent (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) will anchor the defense after an impressive collegiate debut season. Trent led the Bobcats with 79 ground balls, which placed her ninth in the nation at 5.27 per game.

“I am counting on Tina to mark the opponent’s biggest offensive threat,” commented Bonvouloir. “She is also good in the circle and will be taking a lot of draw controls.”

Adding depth to the defense are juniors Candi Burkhardt (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) and Kari Voneiff (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central). Burkhardt is an aggressive player with solid stick skills, while Voneiff is a hard worker with veteran experience.

The biggest – and most important – change will be in net as junior Meghan Norris (White Hall, Md./Hereford) and sophomore Rachael Lewis (Laurel, Md./Wilde Lake) look to fill the void left by the graduation of Shockley.

Norris logged 61 minutes over five games last season, posting a .684 save percentage (13 saves, six goals allowed). Lewis sat out last season due to a knee injury, but she is fully recovered and ready to play.

After facing four teams ranked in the national top 15 last season, the Bobcats again have their work cut out with six opponents listed in the preseason top 20 this year.

The College of New Jersey (second), Salisbury (fourth) and St. Mary’s (sixth) are perennial national powers. FSU also travels to Florida during spring break to take on Plymouth State and Colby, teams that were ranked nationally at one time last season.

“In order to meet our goals, we are going to have to beat some nationally ranked teams,” said Bonvouloir. “We are actually stronger in the midfield that last year, and as a whole, our defense has improved.”

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