Frostburg State Loses Close Battle at Neumann

ASTON, Pa. - Frostburg State University surrendered a late goal and couldn't find the net in the closing minutes as it lost, 9-8, to Neumann, Saturday.

After trailing for much of the contest, FSU (2-2) used a four-goal run over the third and fourth quarters to even the score at 8-8 with 3:58 to play.

Neumann (2-1) scored what proved to be the game winner with 3:19 left and had to hang on for the victory as Frostburg attempted six shots over the final 2:32. Neumann keeper Andrew Neubauer made two saves to help preserve the win.

The Knights scored two goals in the first quarter and the first three of the second for a 5-0 lead at 9:22.

The sophomore trio of Devon Stailey, Mark Petrasek and Ricky Kneebone each found the net to hand the Bobcats a 3-0 outburst that cut their deficit to just 5-3 with 37 seconds until halftime.

Mike Pantalone scored in the waning seconds of the second quarter and again with 9:33 showing in the third to push Neumann's lead to 7-3.

The two teams traded goals as the scoreboard read 8-4 before Frostburg collected its 4-0 spurt that tied the game late in the fourth. Kneebone scored his second of the game with 47 seconds left in the third quarter that started the run. Bobcat freshman Chris Rios opened the fourth quarter scoring off a feed from sophomore Phil Hess. Moments later, Stailey scored an unassisted goal that cut the deficit to one, 8-7, with 8:44 to play. Stailey assisted Rios at 3:58 that knotted the game a 8-8.

However, Pantalone scored his fourth and final tally with 3:19 left in the fourth for Neumann.

Despite the loss, Frostburg outshot the Knights 36-22 and won 13 of 20 faceoffs. The Bobcats finished 18 of 20 on clear attempts.

Stailey finish with two goals and two assists to lead FSU in scoring. Kneebone and Rios each added two goals, while freshman Devin Colegrove handed out two assists.

Sophomore Billy Lark was the lone player involved in the faceoff for FSU. He won 13 of 20 faceoffs (65%) for the second game this season and is averaging 67.5 percent this year. Bobcat sophomore Tyler Haines made seven saves in the cage.

Pantalone led all players with five points for the host Knights.

Frostburg State returns to Bobcat Stadium this Wednesday with a non-league tilt against Goucher at 3:30 pm.

2012-03-03



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