Losses generally don’t produce positive results, with the exception of the requisite teaching lessons that coaches like to recite. For Frostburg State, however, Wednesday’s 8-7 loss to No. 19 and Capital Athletic Conference rival York provided a benefit.
Without leading scorer Ryan Serio, the Bobcats rallied from a 4-1 deficit early in the second quarter and had a chance to tie the score in the final 6 minutes, 48 seconds of regulation before falling short. It was an outing that gave coach Tommy Pearce hope.
“We thought it was going to be a good game,” he said Friday morning. “We were down 4-1 early. So we were happy with the way we fought back. We wished we hadn’t gone down by a few earlier so that maybe it would’ve been closer at the end, but all three of our losses are to Top 20 teams right now. So we’re hoping to play our way into the Top 20.”
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Frostburg State (9-3 overall and 2-2 in the CAC) have lost only to No. 2 Salisbury, No. 6 Washington College and the Spartans. No longer a doormat in the conference, the Bobcats find themselves competing and finding some success against some of the traditional powerhouses in Division III. But Pearce said the team has to build a certain mettle to be more consistent against the elite competition.
“I think we’re not used to being in some of these games that we’re in,” he said. “I think there’s times when we could show a little more composure and that might be all the difference. So I think that down the stretch if we really learn a lot from a one-goal loss to York and come out a little bit better in the first quarter and value the ball a little bit more and show a little more poise at the end of the game when we have a decent opportunity when we’re down by one, then that might kind of be what takes us to the next step this season and not going into next year.”