Dominant First Half Carries St. Mary's to Win at Frostburg

Frostburg, Md. The St. Mary's lacrosse team notched 12 first-half goals en route to a 16-7 Capital Athletic Conference win over Frostburg in Saturday's regular-season finale, snapping a three-game skid and clinching the fourth seed in the 2014 CAC tournament.

As the No. 4 seed, the Seahawks (8-8, 4-3 CAC) will host one of two first round match-ups on Tuesday, April 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Christopher Newport University earned the fifth seed with a 3-4 CAC record and will take on St. Mary's on Tuesday. During the regular season, the Seahawks came away with a 10-7 road win on March 22nd behind junior attacker Christy Bishop's (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) five goals.

Sophomore midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) led all scorers with a career-best nine points on a season-best six goals and three assists while sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) picked up her seventh hat trick of the season.

St. Mary's opened up with a 3-0 lead at 25:59 and never looked back as Poffenberger scored the game's first two goals. Frostburg State (4-12, 1-6 CAC) notched three of the next five goals to pull within 5-3 at 17:44. The Bobcats would get no closer as SMCM closed out the first half on a 7-0 run behind three tallies by Newman and a pair of scores from first-year attacker Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton).

The Seahawks outshot Frostburg, 22-8, and dominated draw controls, 13-3, in the first half as well as leading 10-6 in ground balls.

Junior midfielder Malory Brunett (Clarksville, Md.) paced FSU in the loss with three goals while first-year midfielder Megan Hart (Hanover, Md.) added a goal and an assist.

Scoring was even in the second half with each side tallying four goals. Brunett netted two of the first three goals of the second stanza before sophomore attacker Maggie Wagner (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and Newman found the back of the net for a 15-5 lead at 5:30. The Bobcats scored twice in 47 seconds before sophomore attacker Taylor Sartor (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) picked up the game's last goal.

St. Mary's finished with a 35-23 margin in shots while Newman grabbed a game- and season-best five draw controls to lead the Seahawks to a 17-8 log in draws. The Bobcats posted an 11-5 edge in loose ball pickups in the second half en route to a 17-15 edge in ground balls.

Sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished the game with 11 saves and four ground balls while first-year Dylan Teitalbaum (Bright Waters, N.Y.) registered 10 stops and three ground balls for Frostburg.

2014-04-19



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