Senior, Megan White
The Frostburg State women’s lacrosse team suffered their second consecutive home loss to Catholic University this Tuesday. Catholic’s potent offense and stingy defense proved too much for the young Frostburg team as they lost 21-8. Despite the frigid cold and the falling snow, five players from Catholic scored hat tricks, and two players from Frostburg had hat tricks as well. Although the lady bobcats are off to a bit of a rough start, there is reason to think optimistically going forward into the season.
Megan White and Jessica Jones both scored three goals each with their superb drives to the goal, and excellent finishes in front of the cage. Megan White, a senior captain for the bobcats, is one of the team’s best scorers and is the returning leading scorer from last season with 32 goals. Megan is very confident of her ability to put the ball in the back of the net saying, “I expect to score a lot of goals, that’s my job”. Her confidence is well placed as she showcases time after time her amazing dexterity with the ball.
This season the Bobcats are also fortunate to have another senior captain, Malory Brunett, returning to the field after a devastating ACL injury that she suffered in a double overtime loss to Allegany last season. Malory is one of, if not the most versatile athlete on the roster. She possesses blazing speed, agility, and the leadership needed to excel at a high level. As a midfielder she must play offense and defense, and does so very well. In the first two games her unselfish play has resulted in 2 assists, and a goal. One of her assists came after she ran the length of the field, leaving defenders in her dust, and threw a bullet of a pass to a cutting teammate. Along with Malory’s physical talents comes her natural leadership as a second year captain. Malory says, “My biggest thing is doing things when coach isn’t looking. As a captain I try to always be positive, always uplifting, never negative.” She also feels very strongly about the freshmen class that has helped fill the void left by graduated seniors. In reference to the new freshmen Malory believes, “The freshmen class is definitely very talented, without them we would be hurting. Their play has inspired the upper classmen.”
Another positive derived from the two tough losses comes in the form of Junior, Ellie Garner. Ellie was originally a defender last season, but after schematic changes made by Coach Megan Foy, Ellie has been converted to play attack. In the season opener against Allegany, Ellie displayed her offensive capabilities as she scored 3 goals on just 4 shots. Ellie likes to play physical as she drives hard to gain topside from her defender to get her shots off. While she might play attack now, she still hustles back to cause turnovers on skillful back checks which she perfected as her time as a defender. When asked about her success on the offensive end of the field, Ellie credits her defensive knowledge in helping her understand how to beat the other team’s defense. Ellie says, “I used to play defense, so I know how to beat it. I can anticipate how they are going to react.”
The girls still have 13 games left in their regular season and there is reason to believe that the first two games will not have any lingering effects on the players. Malory says that, “We’ve put the games behind us, they’re over with. We need to focus on getting better for the next game.” With incredible athletes like White, Brunett, and Garner, the lady Bobcats are capable of competing against the best teams, and winning.