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Frostburg State Field Hockey Poised to Top Last Year’s 7-9 Season

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State University field hockey team has a deeper bench that will push this season’s starters to perform.

“The freshman are playing better than average freshman and with the strength of the starting line-up, we are a well rounded team,” said second-year head coach Nicole Bonvouloir, who guided a young squad to a 7-9 finish last season.

“In general, our three lines are stronger than last year. The teams we lost to by one goal or in overtime will not have that edge on us. We are more solid as a team and should be able to win those close games by a larger margin. “The goal is to have a legitimate shot at the ECAC tournament.”

The centerpiece of the FSU offense will be senior forward starter and All-American candidate Kim Faust (Upper Dublin/Ft.Washington, Pa.). In 2001, Faust scored 18 goals in 16 games, a mark that landed her among the top 20 scorers in NCAA Division III. Faust, FSU’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, should control the offense with her strong stick skills and knowledge of the game.

“Kim will be faceguarded all season,” said Bonvouloir. “People know she scores.”

Flanking Faust will be senior Kristen Decker (East Aurora/E.Aurora, N.Y.) and freshman Heidi Zook (Twin Valley/Elverson, Pa.). Decker, who started every game last year and posted two goals, will be an offensive threat and should accumulate some impressive statistics. Zook, brings tremendous speed, great stick skills and the ability to score.

Sophomore forwards Kim Dean (Hereford/Parkton, Md.), Becca Huber (Walkersville/Walkersville, Md.) and Chelsea Smith (Linganore/Frederick, Md.) will battle for time. Dean, who scored one goal in six games last season, should see time. Huber, who scored one goal last season, has improved her stick skills, while Smith, last year’s back-up goalie, will vie for playing minutes as a wing with her aggressive and hard-working style.

Senior Heather Kanowicz (Leonardtown/Leonardtown, Md.) will use her good game sense, stick skills and speed to bring stability to the midfield. “Heather is a very strong midfielder,” said Bonvouloir. “I’m looking for her to drive the ball up-field and put us in positive scoring situations.”

Joining Kanowicz in the midfield are freshman Kim Smith (Thomas Johnson/Frederick, Md.) and Tawni Buck (Perryville/Perryville, Md.) Smith has great endurance and stick skills and will start at right-midfield.

Buck, a high school MVP and All-County player, has been impressive in the pre-season and will be a threat in the circle.

Junior Ashley McKenney (Bohemia Manor/Chesepeake City, Md.) and transfer sophomore Britta Ricker (Middletown/Middletown, Md.) will compete for playing time.

“Ashley is much-improved and will bring her experience from last year,” said Bonvouloir. “Britta has improved over the pre-season and has sound stick skills.”

Bolstering the defense are juniors Christine O’Neil (St. Mary’s/Annapolis, Md.) and Katie Walker (North Carrol/Hampstead, Md.). Also joining the team are freshman Erin Young (Glasgow/Newark, Del.) and Elizabeth Armstrong (Perryville/Perryville, Md.).

O’Neil has great field sense, endurance and can break up an offensive threat, while Walker is one of the fastest players on the team and gives the Bobcats good experience on the outside.

Young, a high school first-team All-Conference player, will start at right-back and focus on carrying the ball up the field in transition and stopping offensive plays. Armstrong is a solid sweeper and defender. Senior Melissa Street (Rising Sun/Northeast, Md.), who has started every game the past two seasons, has veteran experience and will fight for time with Young.

The Bobcats will also receive quality depth from their returning defenders, sweepers and backs. Defenders competing for playing time this season are junior Sarah Tipsword (McDonough/Pomfret, Md.), sophomore Amanda Schrom (Archbishop Spalding/Bowie, Md.), sophomore Kate Kelley (River Hill/Clarksville, Md.), sophomore Molly McMahon (Annapolis Senior/Annapolis, Md.), sophomore Shauna Batson (Long Reach/Columbia, Md.) and freshman Rebecca Berkshire (Dundalk/Baltimore, Md.).

Goalkeepers for the Bobcats for the 2002 season will be much improved as junior Jessica Moore (Culpeper/Bowie, Md.), and freshman Kristin Cousin (South River,Edgewater, Md.) will battle for the starting spot. Moore, who had 109 saves last season, is a solid keeper, while Cousin, a 2001 All-Met selection, will add great depth.

“Jessica has the ability to control the defense and her experience will give her an edge this season, while Kristin has great game sense and is very quick,” said Bonvouloir.

The Bobcats will be looking for its third Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament bid in four years despite this season’s tough schedule. FSU will begin the year with seven straight road contests and will also face several nationally ranked teams, including Catholic and Salisbury.

“We have experienced girls on our bench, and they bring some knowledge and skills to the team,” said Bonvouloir. “The difference between this year and last year is that we are more well-rounded and we have more depth, which should make us a much-improved team.”

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