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Field Hockey Edges Swarthmore to Advance to ECAC Semifinals

Swarthmore, Pa. ... Sophomore Kim Faust scored her school-record 22nd goal of the season with 12:25 remaining to lift sixth-seeded Frostburg State to an exciting 2-1 win over No. 3 Swarthmore College in the first round of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Championships on Wednesday afternoon.

Frostburg State (11-6) won its first postseason game since 1987, when it defeated Gettysburg, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats, who have now won three postseason contests in their history, will face second-seeded Montclair State (12-5) in the semifinals on saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Montclair, N.J.

Faust, took a feed from junior Adey Ntam and blasted a shot past Garnet goalie Kate Nelson-Lee to break the former FSU single-season mark of 21 goals set by Kim Creighton in 1988. Faust's game winner came less than five minutes after junior Katie Harrington tied the contest at 1-1 on an assist from freshman Sara Cavey.

After the Bobcats received a penalty corner, Cavey collected a loose ball and found Harrington to the right of the net. Harrington then spun and put a shot into the back of the net to pull FSU even.

Swarthmore (14-7), which was making its fourth ECAC appearance in five years, scored the lone goal of the first half when Meg Woodworth deflected a long shot from Kristen English past Bobcat senior Crystal Carter, who made 14 saves in the win, including eight in the first half.

The sixth-seeded Bobcats pressured throughout the first five minutes of the game, but Nelson-Lee was solid for the Garnet, kicking away a pair of early shots. After calling a timeout just 5:08 into the contest, Swarthmore took control of play for the next ten minutes, getting the opening goal and nearly adding to its lead just minutes later before Frostburg State sophomore Melissa Street's defensive save kept the Garnet advantage at one goal.

Frostburg State had several strong chances in the opening 35 minutes but could not capitalize. Ntam hit the side of the net with just over 11 minutes remaining, and Nelson-Lee turned away four Bobcat shots in the later stages of the half. The Garnet goalie finished with 11 saves.

"We were there in the first half, but we just couldn't connect," said Bobcat first-year head coach Rita Hegeman. "In the second half, we talked more and did the things that we've practiced all season."

"This is just another step for Frostburg State field hockey," said Carter, who made a diving stop of a penalty stroke with 5:47 left to seal the win. "It's been a long time since we've been this far, and we came in knowing we could beat anybody."

The game was evenly matched, with both teams taking 21 shots and the Bobcats holding a slight 12-10 edge in penalty corners.

"We knew it was going to be an even game," said FSU senior defender Jen Schmidt. "We just had to go out and work hard to win."

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