Fall Sports Wrap-up

Dec 11, 2018 11:00 AM

Women’s Soccer

Record: 5-11-1, 3-3-1 CAC

Highlight: Bobcats earn trip to CAC Tournament

Recap: Frostburg finished the 2018 campaign with its ninth straight trip to the CAC Tournament after collecting five wins on the season, including three in league play. The Bobcats posted four shutouts in their five victories against Washington & Jefferson, Gettysburg, Southern Virginia and Penn State Harrisburg. FSU earned the fourth seed in the CAC Tournament and lost to in-state rival Salisbury 3-2 in overtime in the first round. Junior forward Jesse Dunagan was the lone Bobcat to earn All-CAC honors as she was named to the second team.

Next season: Frostburg returns its top two scorers in Dunagan and Brooke Shehade, along seven starters from this year’s club.

Field Hockey

Record: 2-17 Overall, 0-5 CAC

Highlight: Bobcats advance to CAC Tournament

Recap: The Frostburg field hockey team advanced to the CAC Tournament for the first time since 2012, after finishing the regular season with a pair of wins. The Bobcats posted victories over Bridgewater and Hood, while four of their losses came to opponents ranked inside the top 20. Sophomore Sam Coffey led the team in scoring with 14 points behind six goals and two assists, while senior Holly Van Wie was second with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Rachuba garnered Second Team All-CAC honors after starting all 19 games with one goal and one assist.

Next Season: Coffey and Rachuba return for third-year head coach Kaitlin Thompson next fall as the Bobcats make the move into Division II.

Men’s Cross Country

Highlight: Bobcats finish 22nd at NCAA Mideast Regionals

Recap: The Frostburg men’s cross country team capped the season with a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regionals at DeSales University. Along the way, the Bobcats posted seven consecutive top-10 finishes leading up the NCAAs, and FSU won the Wolfpack Invitational (Westmoreland) and the Roaring Lions Invitational (Penn State Fayette). Frostburg finished as the runner-up at both the Messiah College and Bobcat invitationals and took sixth place at the CAC Championships. Bobcat senior Robert Romano garnered First Team All-CAC honors after finishing fifth at the CACs, and he captured USTFCCCA All-Region honors a week later after finishing in 24th place at the NCAA Mideast Regional.

Next Season: Romano graduates, but head coach Dale Luy returns plenty of talent, including Braxton Clark, Timmy Wolodkin and Colin Flynn.

Men’s Soccer

Record: 7-8-4, 3-2-2 CAC

Highlight: The Bobcats advanced to the CAC Semifinals

Recap: The Frostburg State men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament after beating York (Pa.) in the opening round, 3-1. The Bobcats ended their season on three wins and two ties, including a 0-0 double overtime tie against nationally ranked Mary Washington. Frostburg State also took down Christopher Newport in a late-game thriller by a score of 1-0. First-year goalkeeper Joel Assal was named CAC Co-rookie of the Year after finishing second in the conference in saves with 94. Senior defender Brett Basham was named to the First-Team All-CAC, while sophomore forward Randy Putnam was named to the Second-Team All-CAC.

Next season: Frostburg returns a number of starters, including Putnam, Mo Odolla and Assal, as the Bobcats move into the Mountain East Conference.

Volleyball

Record: 11-23 Overall, 2-5 CAC

Highlight: Bobcats advance to CAC Tournament

Recap: The Bobcat volleyball team advanced to the CAC Tournament for the first time in three seasons after winning 11 matches. Frostburg started its season by winning four of its first six matches, while posting six victories at Bobcat Arena. The Bobcats finished with two CAC wins and narrowly lost to York, 3-2, in the CAC Tournament opening round. Junior outside-hitter Biamba Tshitenge was named to the All-CAC Second Team after finishing fourth in the conference with 288 kills.

Next Season: Tshitenge, along with defensive specialist Kori Smothers, leads this experienced group into new territory searching for a conference title.

Women’s Cross Country

Highlight: Bobcats win one and post three other top-five finishes

Recap: Frostburg posted five top-10 results in six scoring meets this fall, and four of those finishes came inside the top five. The Bobcats were victorious in their meet at the Westmoreland CCC Invitational in their first scoring meet of the season. They followed that up with a third-place finish at the Messiah College Invitational and a fourth-place finish at the Bobcat Invitational at nearby Maplehurst Country Club. FSU went on to capture seventh place in the CAC Championships. Junior Sarah McCurry powered the Frostburg squad this season, posting three top-five finishes. She was the first to cross the finish line at the Westmoreland CCC Invitational, leading the Bobcats to victory. She also placed 26th out of 96 runners at the CACs. Junior Lauren Halverson, senior Jayla Jones and sophomore Maddison Watson each had placed in the top 10 this season, placing eight, ninth and 10th, respectively, at the Westmoreland CCC Invitational.

Next Season: Jones will be missed, as she is the lone senior graduating in the spring, but the Bobcats will have seven runners returning. Led by McCurry, the team will look to build off of the positives from this season to propel them into next season.

- Noah Becker M'06