On a cool, drizzling Saturday, with 69 fans in attendance, the Frostburg State Bobcats women’s lacrosse team was smoked at the end by the visiting Cristopher Newport Captains.
This roller coaster of a game started off with a goal just 51 seconds in from junior captain, Malory Brunett, who finished with 3 goals from the Bobcats. Four minutes later freshman, Megan Hart scored her first goal of the game. Brunett then scored her 14th goal of the season, followed by Marissa Howk’s first goal of the season to make the game 4-0. CNU then posted 2 goals to bring it within 2, until senior Megan White scored her 8th goal of the 2014 campaign to bring home the first half with the score at 5.
I was talking to my friend and fellow spectator Jackie at the game and she stated, “The weather isn't having too much of an effect on the gameplay, luckily”. This barnburner of a game came down to 2 overtimes with a thrilling finish. Coach Megan Foy seems to be focused on her team playing good, hard-fought lacrosse for 60 minutes.
The second half seemed to be spectacular as the FSU women’s lacrosse team extended their lead to 6-2 thanks to Burnett’s 15th goal of the season. CNU cut the Bobcat lead back with goals from Sam Puglisi, Erin Callahan, and Meaghan Galvin, making the score 6-5. Megan Hart then scored again with her 9th of the season on a free position shot, extending the lead back to 2. Newport then scored 3 goals to take the lead with 1:28 left in the half. Those goals were provided by Ashton Marshall, Meaghan Galvin, and Erin Callahan. But, senior midfielder Megan White was not going to let the Captains take the game easily, as she slotted her 9th goal of the season past CNU goalie Hanna Slough(9 saves), with 58 seconds left on the game clock, equalizing the score at 8-8.
College women’s lacrosse has (2) clock stopped overtimes that are each 3 minutes. There is no break in between, only time to allow switching of sides. CNU started out the OT scoring with the 3rd goal of the game for Meaghan Galvin, with 12 seconds left in the first OT. Galvin then scored an insurance goal 9 seconds later with 3 seconds left on the first OT clock. Emani Byrd then scored her 5th goal of the season to pull the score within one, but it was too late as time expired. The Bobcats fell to 1-9 (0-3 CAC), as the season keeps falling apart. The Captains rise to 6-4 (2-1 CAC).
Statistically, there was no advantage in shots, as both teams registered 24 apiece. 10 saves were made by FSU goaltender Dylan Teitalbaum. Ground balls seem to be the true difference as the Captains dominated with 22-15. The Bobcats get back into action on Tuesday in Buena Vista, VA. when they face Southern Virginia(1-7) at 5:00 PM in a very winnable match up.