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Field Hockey’s Comeback  Falls Just Short

Oct. 29- FROSTBURG, Md.- The Bethany College field hockey team had a season high with 14 shots on goal and tied it’s season-high with 22 shots but lost to Frostburg State, 4-2, on Tuesday evening.

The two teams had played earlier this season with Frostburg State coming away with the victory, 6-0.

Sophomore Courtney Gill (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands Regional) had one of the best games of her career, as she set career-highs with nine shots and six shots on goal. The nine shots is the most by a single player since the team was brought back as a varsity sport last season, and the six shots on goal ties Kaitlin Perch for the most shots on goal by a player in a single game.

Freshmen Natalie Knauer (West Deptford, N.J./Gateway Regional) and Latisha Cuffee (Virginia Beach, Va./ Green Run) both played a big part in the offensive attack, as both players had three shots on goal. The three shots on goal is a career-high for Knauer and ties a career-high for Cuffee, which set she at Transylvania last year.

Cuffee had the game’s first scoring chance, as she fired a shot on net forcing Megan Grimm to make a great save to keep the game scoreless.

Courtney Abell scored off a rebound at the 13:03 mark to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

In the next three minutes of action, the Bobcats netted two additional goals and would take a 3-0 lead.

Bethany regrouped after the goals and outshot Frostburg 12-2 for the remainder of the first half and would go into the halftime break down 3-0.

The Bobcats would strike first in the second half, as Abell netted her second goal of the game in the 38th minute to increase the Frostburg State lead to 4-0.

Bethany continued to pester the FSU net with plenty of shots and it paid off in the 52nd minute, as Gill scored off a penalty corner which was taken by Knauer.

Six minutes later, the Bison got their second goal of the game to cut the FSU lead to 4-2, as sophomore Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) gave a great pass to Cuffee, who fired it in the net.

The comeback ultimately fell just short as Frostburg State would take the victory, 4-2.

“The girls played as a complete unit today. They got in an early hole, but in true BCFH fashion, never gave up, fought back and dominated the game statistically,”  remarked head coach Stephanie Bernthal.

“I am so proud of the effort of everyone. Kaitlin Perch made a huge impact after just returning from a stress fracture.”

Bethany returns home for its regular-season finale on Thursday evening when it hosts Washington and Jefferson at 7:00 p.m.