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Lacrosse Uses Late Rally to Edge College of Notre Dame

FROSTBURG, MD — Freshman Melissa Tomko (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) scored with 1:50 remaining as Frostburg State overcame a three-goal deficit and rallied for an exciting 7-6 win over visiting College of Notre Dame Thursday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

The Bobcats (5-5), who snapped a three-game losing skid, trailed, 6-3, with 14:02 left before scoring the final four goals of the game.

Freshman Caitlin Howley (Damascus, Md./Damascus) worked her way through heavy traffic in front of the net for an unassisted goal with 12:37 to go to bring FSU to within two, 6-4, and she scored her third goal of the game on a free position shot with 6:10 left to make it a 6-5 contest.

Freshman Page Macey (Linthicum, Md./North County) then pulled the Bobcats even at 3:12 with her second goal of the day off an assist from Tomko. Macey now leads FSU with 36 goals.

Senior Adey Ntam (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy) came up with a crucial ground ball in Notre Dame's offensive end of the field inside the three-minute mark and worked her way up the field before Tomko was awarded a free-position shot.

Tomko approached the net and beat Gator freshman Kate Dranbauer for the deciding goal.

The teams battled through a scoreless opening 10 minutes of action before Notre Dame senior Angela Ruocco found the net at the 19:54 mark.

The Bobcats needed just 22 seconds to answer, as Macey scored off a fast break to tie the game.

Notre Dame (9-5) scored four straight goals over the next 14 minutes to open a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Rebecca Dodson sent a shot in off a fast break at 18:31, and senior Beth Pryor underhanded a loose ball in at the 13:00 mark.

Senior Angela Ruocco put the Gators up, 4-1, just over a minute later, and freshman Gina Ruocco capped the spurt with a tally at the 5:58 mark.

Howley snapped CND's outburst just 31 seconds later, when she cut to the net, took a pass from junior Andrea Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and scored. Duffy then fed Macey on a similar play just 30 seconds later to bring FSU to within 5-3 at halftime.

Bobcat sophomore Sarah Shockley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) made 17 saves, including several close-range stops in the opening minutes of the game. Dranbauer finished with 11 saves for Notre Dame.

Frostburg State will host No. 2 College of New Jersey on Saturday at noon.

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