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Women's Soccer to Host Westminster in First Round of NCAA Division III Tournament

Complete NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Bracket

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State has earned its third straight berth to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament and will host Westminster (Pa.) College in a first-round game Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

The Bobcats and Lady Titans will meet in the NCAA first round for the second year in a row. Senior forward Tammy Newell scored two goals and assisted on a third tally to power host Westminster to a 4-1 win over Frostburg State in New Wilmington, Pa., last year.

The teams have already met once this season, with the Bobcats notching a 1-0 victory October 26 in Frostburg. Sophomore Shera Rowan (Bishop Walsh/Frostburg, Md.), scored in the 56th minute and senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.) made four saves for the shutout.

FSU earned its third straight at-large NCAA bid after another stellar season. The Bobcats posted a 15-4 record and captured their first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title with a 6-0 mark. The Bobcats then downed La Roche 3-1 in the AMCC Tournament semifinals and beat Penn State Behrend 4-2 in the AMCC championship game last Saturday for their third straight conference crown.

The Bobcats enter the NCAA Tournament riding a school-record 11-game winning streak. Their 15 wins is the second-highest total in the program's 10-year history (trailing the 17 wins in 2001), while their four losses is the fewest ever.

FSU is led by junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) and freshman Danielle Carter (Rockville/Rockville, Md.). Kotofski, who was named 2003 AMCC Player of the Year, set four new records for the Bobcats in 2003. Carter, who was named 2003 AMCC Newcomer of the Year, was recently named AMCC Player of the Week for her performance in the AMCC Tournament.

Kotofskiā€™s 22 goals surpass her old single-season mark of 21 that she set as a freshman in 2001. Her 49 points ties her single-season mark that she also set in 2001. In her three seasons at Frostburg State, she has accumulated school-records of 60 career goals and 134 points.

Kotofski, who was recently named to the 2003 Verizon/CoSida Academic All-District II second team, has scored eight goals in her last four games, including three game-winners.

Carter, who ranks second on the team with 15 goals and 31 points in 15 games, scored twice in a six-minute span in the AMCC championship game, her sixth multi-goal game of the season. The second goal proved to be the game-winner.

Defensively, the Bobcats are supported by sophomore Beth Hlebasko (Linganore/New Market, Md.) and Zych. Hlebasko, who was named to the All-AMCC first team, leads FSU with 12 assists and has anchored a defensive squad that has recorded six shutouts.

Zych, who has been named AMCC Goalkeeper of the Week the past three weeks in a row, is the Bobcats career record holder with 47 wins, 424 saves and 19 shutouts. She also owns the single-season record with 17 wins set in 2001.

Westminster (16-6) captured its second straight Presidents' Athletic Conference title by upending top-seed Grove City 3-2 in the PAC Championship game last Saturday. The Lady Titans' 16 wins ties the school-record set just last year.

The Lady Titans are led by senior Alyssa Pyle, who has recorded 11 goals, including six game-winners, and nine assists for 31 points. Junior Angie DePascale is second on the team with eight goals and 18 points.

Defensively, Westminster recorded 10 team shutouts, including five by junior Nichole Drummond.

Drummond has started 21 games in goal for the Lady Titans, allowing 18 goals in 1,731 minutes for an 0.94 goals-against average. In 2002, she was an All-PAC first team selection, leading the Lady Titans to the PAC Championship and the program's first-ever NCAA Division III national playoff berth.

There are no complimentary tickets for NCAA tournament competition. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for:
$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Students
$2.00 - Seniors and Children under 12
Children under 2 are free

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