Frostburg State has already accomplished a school first by cementing a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, but the program has its eyes on a bigger prize.
If the Bobcats can defeat Wesley this Saturday, they will clinch the No. 4 seed in the six-team tournament and host a first-round contest. It’s a goal that the team and coach Tommy Pearce have aspired to all season.
“That’s where we want to be,” Pearce said Friday morning. “We think we should be right in that discussion with the teams that are getting the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. This kind of cements that, and for people who don’t follow lacrosse that much until it gets to a conference tournament, if they see that Frostburg is the No. 4 seed and they kind of say, ‘Wow, those guys haven’t been around too long,’ that’s what we’ve been trying to do since I got out here. The first recruiting class that I brought into school, one of the big things I told them when I sat down with them was, ‘We probably wouldn’t be very good in our first year, and we’d be playing a lot of young guys because we had to, and those guys would get a lot of experience.’ We always talked about Year Three when we were juniors and the teams that we were playing against started to graduate some guys. We kind of thought that Year Three would be the year, and it’s nice to see that it has come true a little bit.”
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Frostburg State (10-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference) owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Mary Washington (7-6, 1-4) after defeating the Eagles, 13-11, this past Wednesday. But if the Bobcats fall to the Wolverines (5-7, 1-4), Wesley would earn the No. 4 seed due to the head-to-head tiebreaker and Frostburg State would fall to the No. 5 seed and open the first round of the CAC tournament at Wesley next Wednesday.
That’s a scenario that Pearce would rather avoid.
“It’s a Wednesday game, and we want to make someone get on a bus and come up here,” he said. “We don’t want to have to get back on a bus on Wednesday and miss a bunch of classes and get off the bus and potentially get off the bus flat.”
Pearce said the players understand what’s at stake this Saturday against the Wolverines.
“They know it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “But they’re not really looking at it was pressure. They’re looking at it as an opportunity for us to show people how good we are. With us being a young program, people don’t really know us. So we’re talking about going out and winning these games and making people start to recognize Frostburg.”