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Faceoffs, ground balls plagued Frostburg State men's lacrosse in Saturday's loss to Salisbury

Two areas for Frostburg State that stood out as problems in Saturday's 8-7 overtime loss to No. 10 Salisbury are two aspects the Bobcats have fared well in this season.

Frostburg State (14-1 overall and 5-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) won just 4 of 19 faceoffs as junior Erik Geiser went 4-for-13 and sophomore Kyle Horak lost all six of his draws. It's only the third time this spring that the team had not won at least 50 percent of its faceoffs.

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Coach Tommy Pearce credited the Sea Gulls with dominating the X.

"I thought their faceoff guys did a great job, and their wing guys played a little better than we did," he said Monday. "We're definitely not going to shrug it off. We're definitely going to address it in practice."

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The Bobcats also lagged in the ground ball department, collecting just 17 loose balls to Salisbury's 43. It was also only the third time that they lost the battle in that category.

"They just seemed to scrap a little bit harder and want the ball a little bit more than we did on Saturday," Pearce said.

All is not lost for Frostburg State, which can grab the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the CAC tournament with wins in its final two games of the regular season, including Wednesday against Mary Washington (5-7, 2-4). Perhaps that's why Pearce wasn't hitting the panic button on Saturday's setback.

"I don't think we need to change too much from Saturday to Wednesday," he said. "Salisbury's a really good team, and we played them tough. I think it's just finding ways to be a little bit better here and there and respecting the ball and picking up ground balls and keep moving forward."

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