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Bobcats to Open ECAC Tournament at Nazareth

Frostburg, Md. ... The Frostburg State University women's lacrosse team visits Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in the first round of the 2001 Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Tournament Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

The fifth-seeded Bobcats (8-5), who last won the ECAC championship in 1993, are making their second straight ECAC appearance and sixth overall.

FSU fell to Ithaca, 10-7, in the first round of last year's tournament.

The fourth-seeded Golden Flyers (11-7) are in the postseason for the third consecutive year, competing in the ECAC tournament in 1999 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Frostburg State has been ranked among the nation's top scoring offenses much of the season (12.9 goals per game) and is led by the senior tandem of Heather Brown and Darla Burns.

Brown paces the team with 30 assists and 67 points and is second with 37 goals.

Burns has scored a team-high 49 goals and has recorded three or more goals in 10 of FSU's 13 games this season.

Fellow senior Annie Macey ranks third on the squad with 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) and tops the Bobcats with 34 draw controls, while junior Melissa Lennon has recorded 31 points (26 goals, five assists).

Sophomore Andrea Duffy (15 goals, four assists) and junior Danielle Foote (six goals, seven assists) have also been valuable members of the FSU offense.

Junior speedster Adey Ntam paces the FSU defense with 87 ground balls and 11 draw controls.

Freshman Sarah Shockley is 4-4 with an 11.67 goals against average and a .510 save percentage.

Nazareth enters this year’s tournament with four losses in its last five games, but three of those defeats were by one goal.

The Golden Flyers average 11.8 goals per game and are led by junior Allison Roberts, who has 97 points on 41 goals and 56 assists.

Senior Sue Hollister has a team-high 53 goals to go along with seven assists and is the school's all-time leading goal scorer with 172.

Sophomore Lorra Podsiadlo ranks third on the team with 49 points (29 goals, 20 assists), while freshman Shawna Kabot (31 goals, four assists), junior Cindy Brady (19 goals, 13 assists) and junior Jackie Lombard (25 goals, five assists) have also enjoyed solid seasons.

Junior goalkeeper Teryn Wineburg has recorded an 8.26 goals against average and a .545 save percentage.

The winner of the FSU-Nazareth contest will face top-seed William Smith (13-2) in the semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m. at William Smith.

In the other first-round game, third-seeded Franklin & Marshall (11-5) hosts sixth-seeded Scranton (10-6) on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

The winner of that game will play second-seeded Gettysburg (13-5) in Saturday's other semifinal at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at William Smith.

The championship game is set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at William Smith.

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