Frostburg State to meet familiar opponent in conference tournament

Wednesday night’s first-round meeting between No. 4 seed Frostburg State and No. 5 seed Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament is a re-match of a contest that the Bobcats won, 13-11, a week ago. That might be an advantage for Frostburg State, but coach Tommy Pearce said the advantage is more mutual than one-sided.

“We get to see them on film against us, but they also get to watch film of us,” he said Tuesday. “So we’re both learning from this film, and they’re seeing some of the same stuff that we’re seeing. When the whistle blows, it’s still going to come down to execution just like it did the first time.”

The Bobcats (11-5) used a 5-0 run in the first quarter and scored the two final goals to cement the victory. Because both sides played last Saturday, there probably will not be many wholesale changes.

While Frostburg State has last week’s meeting to fall back on, experience is on the side of the Eagles (8-6), who have played in each of the last 14 conference tournaments. Pearce conceded that could be a benefit for Mary Washington.

“You can’t deny that they have more experience,” he said. “But at the same time, we’re reminding our guys that even though they might have more experience, we beat these guys a week ago. So it’s not like this is something we can’t go out and achieve.”

The Bobcats might be a little wide-eyed at the start of the contest, but Pearce said he thinks the players will settle down and find their groove.

“A little bit, but we’re home so that does take care of that a little bit,” he said. “But we really think that with this group of guys, we’ve gotten better as the season has gone along, and we think we’re continuing to get better. The more we play, the better we’re going to get – hopefully.”

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