Frostburg State had sprinted to a 4-0 start – a first in the program’s four-year history – but hadn’t taken a true litmus test until Saturday when the team clashed with No. 7 Washington College.

The Shoremen emerged with a 12-7 victory, but it wasn’t easy. The Bobcats trailed 8-7 after senior attackman Ryan Serio’s fourth goal of the contest with 12 minutes, 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter before Washington College closed out the game with four unanswered tallies.

“I think we hung with them for about three and a half quarters and then they got the last few goals and ended a little stronger than we did,” Frostburg State coach Tommy Pearce said Monday afternoon.

The setback was the team’s first of the season, but the players know how close they were to escaping with the type of win that can redefine a campaign and a program.

“Our guys were certainly hoping that they could go in there and have a really big statement win,” Pearce said. “Anytime you lose to anybody, if you like winning and don’t like losing, it’s a little bit tough. We’ve reminded them that we’re heading to [No. 3] Salisbury this coming weekend and we’ve got to take what we can from it quickly and make it help us in a short time.”

Pearce said the coaches have already reviewed game film of the loss to the Shoremen a few times and dissected several areas to address during practice this week.

“They definitely had the edge in ground balls,” he said. “That’s one thing for sure that they beat us in. We think that in the course of our offense, the next pass was there a lot, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re not being selfish with the ball and that we’re moving the ball a lot and delivering the ball a little more accurately.”