Frostburg State will play without its leading scorer for at least the next two games.
Senior attackman Ryan Serio (Chesapeake-AA), who leads the Bobcats (9-3, 2-2 Capital Athletic Conference) in goals (36) and points (44), is battling a few undisclosed injuries and will not return until at least April 12, when No. 14 Mary Washington visits.
"Right now, he's a little sore," coach Tommy Pearce said Friday. "We're going to make sure he gets his mobility back. His sophomore year, he got a little injured and came back too early and wound up missing the rest of that year. So we're being smart and making sure that we learned from the mistake we made in his sophomore year, to make sure that when he's ready to come back, he'll be back."
Serio, who did not play in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to No. 19 York, was replaced in the starting lineup by junior Greg Bourne, who shifted from the midfield and recorded two goals and one assist.
Bourne's spot in the starting midfield with junior Chris Rios and sophomore Tate Rolland was filled by a rotation of senior Devon Stailey and senior Ricky Kneebone (Catonsville). Neither finished with a point, but Pearce was encouraged that Frostburg State was within striking distance of upsetting the Spartans (10-3, 3-1).
"We lost to York by one without Ryan Serio," Pearce said. "So we think it's working out OK. We think the more we play, the better it will get. So it was a smooth transition. Everybody kind of reacted well, and nobody really missed a beat."