St. Mary's Defeated by Frostburg State in CAC Tourney

Frostburg, Md. For the second time in four days, the St. Mary's lacrosse team took on Frostburg State this time in a 2014 Capital Athletic Conference tournament first round game Wednesday night.

The result was nearly identical as fourth-seeded Frostburg State bookended its 17-9 victory over No. 5 seed St. Mary's with a combined 13 goals in the first and fourth quarters. The loss prevents the Seahawks from defending last year's CAC tournament title and marks the first time since 2008 that SMCM does not advance past the CAC first round.

St. Mary's finishes the 2014 campaign with a 7-10 (3-4 CAC) overall record, its first under .500 mark since 2011.

Junior attackman Eric Simon (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) paced the Seahawks in their season finale with two goals and an assist while attackmen Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) and Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville) each found the back of the net twice. First-year attackman Patrick Regan (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) also had a multiple-point effort with a goal and an assist.

Frostburg (13-4) jumped out to a commanding 7-1 lead in the first period as the Bobcats opened up with a 5-0 run before Simon finally put the Seahawks on the scoreboard with his unassisted tally at 7:23. St. Mary's then outscored FSU, 3-1, in the second stanza. SMCM started the quarter with three straight to close the gap to 7-4 at 2:26, including back-to-back goals by Jordan.

The Bobcats scored their one goal in the second with 25 seconds left in the half to take an 8-4 advantage into halftime. For the second straight time, sophomore Spenser Love (Westminster, Md.) paced FSU and all scorers with four goals and a season-best five points. Junior Greg Bourne (Chestertown, Md.) added four scores as well while junior Devin Colegrove (Timonium, Md.) chipped in two goals and two helpers.

Scoring was even in the third quarter as both sides each picked up three goals. The Seahawks got no closer than three goals during that period as Frostburg headed into the fourth up 11-7. The Bobcats began the fourth with two in 41 seconds before SMCM scored twice to come within 13-9 at 7:29. FSU closed out the game on a 4-0 run to clinch its spot in Saturday's semifinal action.

Frostburg outshot the Seahawks, 39-20 and posted a 46-31 margin in ground balls but only won 16 of 29 face-offs as midfielders Cody Tidwell (Cordova, Md./South River) and Teddy Secor (California, Md./Calverton) combined for 13 wins at the X.

Senior Zack Blewett (Darnestown, Md./Heights) wrapped up his last game as a Seahawk with 14 saves and came up with a career- and team-best six ground balls while senior Tyler Haines (Westminster, Md.) picked up six stops in the Bobcats' second win in a row.


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