Fall Sports Wrap-up

Dec 10, 2019 12:00 PM


Record: 8-3 Overall, 7-3 Mountain East Conference (MEC)

Highlight: Frostburg wins eight games in inaugural DII season.

Recap: Frostburg earned eight wins in its first season at the NCAA Division II level and finished in a four-way tie for second place, despite being picked to finish ninth in the MEC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bobcats dropped their season opener before rattling off seven consecutive wins. The mid-season run for Frostburg had it receiving votes in the DII AFCA Top 25 poll for two weeks. Following the season, the MEC announced that senior center Wade Olson and junior defensive end Zach Strand were named to the All-MEC First Team. Junior running back Gavin Lavat, junior defensive lineman Carl Igweh, senior linebacker Wayne Palmer, senior cornerback Michael Bell, senior safety Vincent Persichetti and senior offensive lineman Jason Money also earned All-MEC honors.

Next Season: Strand, Lavat and Igweh return to lead a talented junior class that will have a year of DII experience under their belts.


Field Hockey

Record: 3-17 Overall

Highlight: Senior goalkeeper Sierra Smizer stopped a crucial penalty stroke at Mercyhurst for a 2-1 win.

Recap: Frostburg posted three wins in its inaugural NCAA Division II season. They played against several ranked opponents throughout the season. Junior Gabby Rachuba led the team in scoring with six goals and three assists, while senior Logan Gladden was right behind her with four goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Sierra Smizer closed out her career, starting in all 20 games with 196 saves. She also stopped a crucial penalty stroke at Mercyhurst that kept the Bobcats in the lead for an eventual win.

Next Season: Rachuba has been Frostburg’s top scorer over the last several seasons, and she returns for her final season and will lead a young, but talented group of players.


Women’s Soccer

Record: 6-11-1 overall, 6-9-0 MEC

Highlight: Shehade and Curtin secure All-MEC honors.

Recap: The Bobcats posted a six-win season during their first year of NCAA Division II play. Senior Brooke Shehade led the team in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists and finished second in the MEC in points (36). Senior Gwen Schemm was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honoree. Shehade collected MEC Offensive honors in September after the team posted a pair of wins. She also scored the game winning goal in overtime on Oct. 23 against West Liberty handing the Bobcats a 2-1 win. Shehade and sophomore Audra Curtin capped the season by collecting All-MEC honors.

Next Season: Curtin and keepers Stephanie Vigezzi and Taylor Longworth return to lead a young Frostburg team in 2020.



Record: 11-17 Overall, 3-13 MEC

Highlight: Bobcats capture the school’s first-ever win as an NCAA Division II member.

Recap: Frostburg started the season on a four-game winning streak in its first season as a member of Division II. The strong start helped the Bobcats match last year’s win total. First-year setter Edwyna Lainez earned All-MEC Honorable Mention accolades after finishing eighth in the conference in assists (7.09 per set) and third in service aces (0.45 per set). The latter category was the team’s biggest strength, topping the MEC with just over two service aces per set. Three Bobcats finished in the top 10 in service aces per set, including sophomore Delanie Day at second, Lainez at third, and first-year Jordan Patrick at seventh. In addition, seniors Cori Smothers and Biamba Tshitenge etched their names in the FSU volleyball record books. Smothers finished second in program history in digs (1,669), while Tshitenge finished seventh in blocks (251) and hitting percentage (.242).

Next season: Lainez and both outside hitters, first-year Jackie Sterenberg and sophomore Haley Altemus, will return for a young FSU team that will have just one senior.


Men’s Soccer

Record: 6-11-1 Overall, 5-10-1 MEC

Highlight: Bobcats finish sixth in first year in the MEC.

Recap: Frostburg entered unchartered waters in its first year as a member of DII. After a pair of scoreless outings, the Bobcats won three of the next four games, highlighted with a 3-2 offensive outburst against Davis & Elkins. Mid-October provided much of the same offensive success for the Bobcats, including a three-game winning streak where FSU scored eight straight goals in that span. Junior Youness Benmouna was an offensive force in the second half of the season, with a pair of multiple-goal games, including the game-winner against Salem. Frostburg landed a quartet on the All-MEC teams with Benmouna and senior defender Blake Geatz garnering Second Team spots, first-year Lovet Cheg earning an Honorable Mention nomination and first-year Tamino Brown collecting All-MEC Freshman Team accolades.

Next season: FSU returns nine of 11 starters, including Benmouna, Brown and Cheg, with 11 seniors total.


Men’s Cross Country

Highlight: The Bobcats took fifth at MEC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s cross country team capped its first season at DII with a strong fifth-place showing at the MEC Championships out of the 10-team field. Junior Braxton Clark led the Bobcats, who just missed out on fourth place by 56 points, and Clark finished in 20th place to earn All-MEC Second Team honors. Senior Jacob Rickards was the second FSU finisher at the MEC Championships in 28th place, while first-year Daniel Foster was 33rd. As a team, Frostburg finished in the top 10 at the Blazer Invite (Hood College), Don Cathcart Invitational (Salisbury), Gettysburg Invite and the MECs.

Next Season: Clark emerged as one of the MEC’s top runners under first-year head coach Shane Brookeshire, and Clark and Foster will be the top runners in 2020.


Women’s Cross Country

Highlight: First-year Isabel Pereira took 55th at MECs.

Recap: The Frostburg State women’s cross country team battled a low number of runners on the roster throughout the season in 2019. First-year Isabel Pereira led the Bobcats at the MEC Championships with a 55th-place finish in 32:58.5, and she finished as Frostburg’s top runner in two meets. Natalie Gray was Frostburg’s top runner in the first four meets, and she finished in 56th place (23:21.9) at the Blazer Invitational at Hood College.

Next year: Building the team will be a top priority.