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Lacrosse Gears Up For Another Tough Season

FROSTBURG, MD – The Frostburg State women’s lacrosse team will look to return to the success that it enjoyed in 2000 and 2001 when it received berths into the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Tournament. Fifth-year head coach Eric Day will look to his small crop of veterans and new talent to try and guide the Bobcats to another strong season in 2003.

The FSU offense will look to the leadership of its two captains, sophomore attack Page Macey (North County/Linthicum, Md.) and senior midfield Andrea Duffy (Liverpool/Liverpool, N.Y.). Day says he’s excited to have these two players together after a year of working together. “I believe we will get even more production out of the duo this year than last season,” said Day.

Macey, who led FSU last season in both goals (52) and assists (14), possesses excellent stick skills and has great shot selection and field awareness. A 2002 second-team Brine/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association South Atlantic Regional All-American, she will aim to power the offense for another season. Duffy will add another scoring threat and looks to improve on her 31 goals and 15 assists from last season. Duffy is a formidable defender and offensive weapon from the midfield.

Looking to perform at home positions are freshmen Stephanie Ritz (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, Md.) and Kate Nicol (Glenelg/Mt. Airy, Md.). Ritz, a smart player with good knowledge of the game, has great stick skills and looks to be a leader on the field. Nicol is also a solid player who will look to fill one of the open lower attack spots.

Junior Sarah Shockley (Fallston/Fallston, Md.) returns in goal after an outstanding sophomore season. She made 207 saves and posted a .607 save percentage in 2002, good enough for 12th on the NCAA Division III save percentage list. Shockley, who was 6-8 with a 9.50 goals against average, looks to develop into one of the region’s top goalies. Providing backup for Shockley will be freshman Meghan Norris (Hereford/White Hall, Md.).

The defense will depend on seniors Kim Faust (Upper Dublin/Amber, Pa.) and Katie Binder (Mercy/Baltimore, Md.). Faust, who picked up 32 ground balls in her first season of lacrosse last year, is riding on the end of outstanding careers in both field hockey and basketball. She is an excellent athlete that continues to learn the game and will look to shut down the offensive players on opposing teams. Binder, who collected 22 ground balls last season, will provide great leadership to the lower defense and will add experience and attitude for the Bobcats.

Junior defender Amanda Skilling (Queen Anne’s/Church Hill, Md.), a transfer from Washington College looks to help anchor the FSU defense. Also ready to contribute right away with her great work ethic is freshman defender Kari Voneiff (Hinsdale Central/Hinsdale, Ill.).

Returning to add depth to the midfield is sophomore Caitlin Howley (Damascus/Damascus, Md.). Howley is coming off a strong 2002 campaign with 14 goals and 33 ground balls as she looks to pick up where she left off. After a solid freshman campaign that included 12 goals and 28 ground balls, sophomore midfielder Melissa Tomko (Palloti/Laurel, Md.) looks to her improved stick skills and knowledge to take her play to the next level.

Freshman Kelly Duncan (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, Md.) will look to contribute with her outstanding speed and excellent shot, and could be a formidable scoring threat from the midfield. Freshmen Tara Blake (Arundel/Crofton, Md.) and Erin Young (Glasgow/Newark, Del.) will both be battling for starting positions at midfield.

“We have another difficult schedule this season,” said Day. “Last year we lost four games by one goal and another game by two goals. We lost those games because we were young. We are still young, but I think we will be able to minimize the same types of mistakes and come out on top in those close contests.”

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