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Young Bobcat Lacrosse Squad Eager For New Season

FROSTBURG, Md. - After a 6-11 finish last season, the 2007 Frostburg State lacrosse team looks to make strides under the direction of first year Head Coach Annie Sidorenko.

The 2007 Bobcats will feature eight new players who will use their speed and stick handling skills to help mesh with the experienced attack and defense that Frostburg State returns from last year.

FSU has a wealth of experience at the goalkeeper position with the return of senior Rachel Lewis (Laurel, Md./Wilde Lake). Lewis was the starter for the Bobcats in 2005, before transferring to Division I University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She did not play lacrosse while attending UMBC and returned to Frostburg State in the fall.

Sophomore Erin Morrell (Easton, Md./Easton) minded the nets for FSU last season, recording 237 saves in her 17 starts. She had a season-high 22 saves against then No. 4 College of New Jersey (4/22).

"Both keepers are very skilled and I'm confident to start either one," stated Sidorenko. "Erin is exceptional at post-play, while Rachel has tremendous reflexes, making big saves on close range shots."

The Bobcat defense looks to be strong once again, anchored by seniors Tina Trent (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Ashley Mattison (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake). Trent has started every game in her Bobcat career and was nationally ranked in 2005 for ground ball averages per game. Last season she was second on the team in ground balls and forced turnovers, with 68 and 26 respectively.

Mattison will be used as a defensive midfielder this season, where she can use her speed to transition into the Bobcat attack. Last season she recorded nine goals and five assists, while picking up 41 ground balls.

"I look for Tina to beat her career interceptions record and I expect both her and Ashley to provide leadership in the defense," commented Sidorenko.

Junior Lindsay Lamont (Sykesville, Md./Century) will be the other starter for the defense, while also making a strong contribution to the midfield. Last season she led the team in points with 52 and recorded five goals in a win over York (5/3).

"I'm excited about the experience we have on defense this year and I want them to push the freshman to be strong and reach their potential," added Sidorenko.

The newcomers on defense will be freshmen Davia Procida (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) and Marissa Henderson (Pasadena, Md./Northeast).

"Both have worked hard in the fall and have made great strides in becoming successful defenders," noted Sidorenko.

In the midfield, juniors Carly Rihard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and Maria Schrum (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) will be used as the FSU center's. Schrum led the team in assists last season with 24, while Rihard led the team in goals with 41.

"Carly and Maria played great in the fall, having excellent draw control," stated Sidorneko.

The rest of the Bobcat midfield is full of inexperienced players who will be called upon to make contributions right away. Freshman Lindsey Chaffman (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) will be one of those players who should start right away, due to her great ground ball abilities and speed.

Classmates Kelly Meinecke (Manorville, N.Y./Easport/South Manor) and Katie Dannnemann (Herndon, Va./Paul IV Catholic) are tall, aggressive midfielders who will be looked at to fill gaps when needed.

Sophomore Sasha Rogers (Lexington Park, Md./Leonardtown) is a walk-on, with a limited lacrosse background.

"Sasha is very quick and has made extreme improvements in a short amount of time," said Sidorenko.

The attack for Frostburg State is full of talented depth, which should make for a powerful scoring threat.

Senior Ann Long (New Market, Md./Linganore),, who posted eight points on four goals and four assists last season will be one working alongside sophomore Meredith Martin (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson). Martin played in 16 games last season, scoring seven goals, while dishing out six assists.

Senior Brittany Brumby (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) and junior transfer Caitlin Caldwell (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall (Messiah)) are both coming off of injuries last spring. Brumby amassed 12 total points last season, while Caldwell saw action in nine games and scored two goals while playing at Messiah.

"Brittany and Caitlin compliment each other in the attack very well, since one has a strong left handed shot and the other with a strong right handed shot," quoted Sidorenko.

The lone freshman attacker is Elisabeth Hildebrand (Frederick, Md./Walkersville).

"She has incredible stick skills and will see the field right away," stated Sidorenko. "Elisabeth scored 64 goals her senior year in high school and has extreme potential at the college level."

This season, FSU lacrosse also welcomes two new assistants to the coaching staff. Sean Doyle and Lauren Winer join the program as student assistant coaches. Doyle, who is captain for the Frostburg State men's club lacrosse team will help out on the offensive side of the ball. He will be looked at to use his knowledge and playing experience to create drills during practices. Winer will provide the Bobcat goalkeepers with training and attention, which will be essential in providing a quality rotation of keepers.

The schedule slated for this season is once again one of the hardest in recent history. Frostburg State will travel to preseason No. 2, College of New Jersey, while also playing Colorado the same weekend, which is ranked preseason No. 17. FSU will also face nationally ranked St. Mary's (14) at the end of the season.

Frostburg State will travel to West Palm Beach, Fla. for a spring break trip, where they face familiar opponents SUNY-Fredonia and Allegheny. The Bobcats squared off against both opponents in fall scrimmages, playing very high quality lacrosse against both sides.

"I'm looking forward to this season, since it's a new start for the program," said Sidorenko. "I'm bringing new plays and a different philosophy to a much improved squad from last year. We hope to use our speed and depth to our advantage when playing nationally ranked teams."

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