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Lacrosse Edged by Lynchburg in Home Opener

FROSTBURG, MD — Lynchburg junior Linda Jack scored with 6:16 remaining to lift the visiting Hornets to a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

Jack worked herself open in front of the net and took a pass from freshman Ali Ballantyne before beating Bobcat sophomore Sarah Shockley (Fallston, Md./Fallston).

Frostburg State (2-1) began the scoring just over four minutes into the physical contest, as senior Adey Ntam (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) collected the ball near midfield, raced in and fed fellow senior Melissa Lennon (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) for a 1-0 lead.

Lynchburg (3-0) tied the game just 38 seconds later on senior Jessie Elliot's unassisted goal, and the Hornets found the net two more times to take a 3-1 advantage. Senior Laura Hedden scored unassisted at the 18:46 mark, and freshman Kim Hamblen found the net 4:33 later off a feed from freshman Rachel Bauer.

The Bobcats responded following a timeout, as Lennon converted a pass from freshman Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) just 1:07 later to bring FSU to within 3-2.

Frostburg State then pulled even just under four minutes later when Lennon fed senior Andrea Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) from behind the net, and the teams went into halftime tied, 3-3.

Lynchburg needed just 1:36 of the second half to move back in front, 4-3, as Ballantyne notched an unassisted tally.

However, the Bobcats again rallied and scored the next two goals to take a 5-4 edge.

Freshman Page Macey (Linthicum, Md./North County) posted her team-high 12th goal of the season on a pass from Tomko with 26:18 remaining, and Lennon completed her hat trick with an assist from Macey just over four minutes later to push FSU back in front.

The teams then battled through nearly eight minutes of scoreless action before Lynchburg forged a 5-5 tie when Hamblen scored off an assist from Ballantyne with 14:28 to play, setting the stage for Jack's game-winning tally.

FSU had a chance to tie moments later, but Macey sent a free position shot just left of the net.

The loss spoiled a solid performance by Shockley, who made 15 saves, including several close-range stops in the first half.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday when they host Kenyon at 11 a.m.

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