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Frostburg State men's lacrosse gearing up for rematch with No. 1 Salisbury

After a stretch of three losses in four games, Frostburg State appears to have rediscovered its winning ways with victories in its last three contests.

The Bobcats (15-3) defeated Mary Washington, 20-13, in the quarterfinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament in a matchup between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on Tuesday, and coach Tommy Pearce was encouraged that the offense scored at least 17 goals for the third consecutive game.

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"In our last few games, we've been scoring a few more goals," he said Wednesday afternoon. "I think that in our stretch of a few losses there, we were having some trouble scoring. So we've been scoring a few more goals, which gives us some more confidence on the offensive side of the field. We did give up a few more goals than we would have liked to have given up. I think 10 of their 13 goals came from their attackmen. Their attackmen are pretty good. They're really good at attacking the goal a little bit harder than some other teams' attackmen, who kind of play off of their midfielders a little bit more. So that should give our defensemen stuff to focus on in practice heading toward the weekend."

Now Frostburg State will meet No. 1 Salisbury (17-0) in the tournament semifinals on Saturday. It's a daunting task for a team that scored just three goals in a 13-3 loss to the Sea Gulls on April 9, but Pearce sounded rather calm about the matter.

"I think we would have not liked to have been the No. 4 seed in the conference," he said. "But the game means a lot for the future of our seasons. So it's definitely not hard to find motivation to get ready for Salisbury in the semifinals."

Pearce said he thinks the Bobcats are a different squad from the one that showed up at Sea Gull Stadium earlier in the month.

"We've been really focusing on trying to generate some more goals, taking care of the ball, eliminating turnovers, which have kind of been our Achilles heel all season," he said. "We think that if we can score a few more goals and do a little bit better at the faceoff X, we're hoping to make it a better game, hopefully a game that's pretty close in the end and see if we can't pull it out."

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