On a bright, sunny, Saturday afternoon in Frostburg, MD, the Frostburg state Bobcats lacrosse team defeated DeSales 12-3. Frostburg State came into this season with more firepower than ever due to some new additions to the team and some key experience. Statistically, the game was not close at all as Frostburg had a 49-22 advantage in shots. They also had a slight 49-41 advantage in ground balls which was a huge key of possession. The other statistical factor that was a keystone of their success was the 11-7 advantage in face-offs, which was led by Senior, Billy Lark, who managed to win 66% of his duels.
The Bobcats got the first goal of the game from sophomore, Carroll County native, Spenser Love. Frostburg then piled on four more goals from Chris Rios and and Ryan Serio until DeSales could get on the board. The crisp air breezed through bobcat stadium where a crowd of 284 fans screamed and cheered throughout the entire game. The Bobcats went into halftime with a 5-1 advantage over the visiting team. Spenser Love started off the second half with a goal from the help of Senior Ryan Serio. Freshman, Frederick County native, Tate Rolland would be the next player to score on an assist from Senior, Lucas Flaig. The home squad received 3 goals both from Love and junior, midfielder, Chris Rios.
I got a chance to catch up with sophomore, attackman, Nick Stailey who said, “The game wasn’t ever really close, lacrosse is a momentum game and once we started, we couldn’t stop scoring”. He then went on to talk about how grueling preseason was because it was mostly inside due to inclement weather. He then stated, “The experience from the upperclassmen propelled us in today’s win…our leadership will play a huge roll in this season’s success”. I also spoke to Freshman, Brendan Krivak about how it felt to suit up in the Bobcats uniform for the first time and he said, “It’s a proud feeling when you work for something all preseason and when game day comes, all that hard work is worth it, I love being a bobcat”. This afternoon’s contest was all smiles and sunshine as the bobcats won their first game and plan to continue their form as they take on Shenandoah in Virginia on Wednesday, the 26th at 4pm.
Above, Senior Tyler Haines prepares to save a shot.