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Frostburg State men's lacrosse no longer content with close losses against traditional powerhouses

The fact that No. 17 Frostburg State pushed No. 11 Salisbury to overtime before falling, 8-7, on Saturday might seem like another positive step for a program that had dropped the first five meetings to the 10-time NCAA Division III champion by an average of 9.2 goals.

But coach Tommy Pearce said Bobcats (14-1 overall and 5-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) are no longer satisfied with moral victories.

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"I think we're kind of over that," he said Monday morning. "We want to go into games and we want to win them. I don't think with where we are being in the top 20, I don't think we're trying to find positives in losses. I think we're just trying to get better every day and win games when we go into them."

Trailing 5-1 midway through the second quarter, Frostburg State scored five unanswered goals and held leads of 6-5 with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in third period and 7-6 with 5:50 remaining in regulation before the Sea Gulls mounted their comeback.

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"It was pretty close," Pearce said. "We thought that at the end of the game there, we were certainly in it. We maybe could have pulled it out. So we were a little bummed out about that. But going into the game, we kind of prepared them that win or lose, it wasn't over. We still have two games left in the regular season and then the conference tournament, and there are a lot of opportunities ahead of us."

The Bobcats can still capture the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament with wins against Mary Washington (5-7, 2-4) on Wednesday and at St. Mary's (5-5, 4-2) on Saturday.

"We have to win our next two games if we're going to be the No. 2 seed going into the conference tournament," Pearce said. "Obviously, it's nice to have, but I think the two games we have left are against two of the better teams in the conference. There's a lot of work to be done to achieve that."

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