In its fourth season in Division III, Frostburg State has opened with four consecutive wins for the first time in school history.
The Bobcats’ average margin of victory against DeSales, Shenandoah, Lebanon Valley and Washington & Jefferson is 11 goals, and the opponents’ combined record is 6-8. Coach Tommy Pearce acknowledged that the team was hoping to get out of the starting block quickly.
“We were hoping that given the way the season started, that there was a pretty good chance that we could win a bunch of our games, and we kind of knew that we had these games for us to fine-tune things and figure some things out and get on the same page,” he said Friday morning. “We thought if we could win some of those games, then we’d be feeling good going into this game this Saturday.”
Frostburg State achieved another first when the program earned votes in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll. The honor was not lost on the team, but Pearce said the coaches gathered the players to make sure that everyone stayed grounded.
“We’re definitely flattered by the people that gave us a vote, but we’ve kind of been focused on the fact that even though some people think we might be there, we haven’t earned it yet,” he said. “We got some votes in it, but we’ve got five games ahead of us with teams that are in that top 20. So we think we’ve really put ourselves in a position where some people are thinking that maybe we’re a top 20 team, and we’ve got some games coming up on our schedule to prove that is true.”
One of those contests is Saturday when the Bobcats will travel to Chestertown, Md., to clash with No. 7 Washington College (3-0). The Shoremen have qualified for the last two NCAA tournaments, and Pearce said that the game will be a sizable test to determine Frostburg State’s development.
“We say that in our conference right now, there are four top 20 teams in the [Capital Athletic Conference],” he said. “If we’re going to compete with [No. 5] Salisbury, [No. 18] York, [No. 20] Mary Washington and [No. 13] St. Mary’s, we should be able to compete with Washington College also. We’re just going out there to play our best game of lacrosse and see what happens.”