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FROSTBURG, Md. (Titan Athletics)- Second-seed Westminster College lost, 10-8, against top-seed Frostburg State University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday afternoon.
 
The Titans battled back from being down 9-3 with 6:52 left in the third and cut Frostburg’s lead to 9-8 in the fourth.
 
Frostburg (12-8) scored the first three goals of the game before Westminster (10-8) got on the board with its first goal courtesy of junior Chris Slater (Plum, PA / Central Catholic) to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 3-1. Frostburg scored the next two goals before junior Adrian Culp (Gaithersburg, MD / Quince Orchard) quieted the Bobcats’ run with a goal at the 3:38 mark to make the score 5-2. The Bobcats went on to score one more goal to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
 
Frostburg started the second half scoring the first two goals until Slater notched his second goal of the game at the 9:10 mark of the third quarter to make the score 8-3. Frostburg answered with a goal, but Slater quickly responded with his third goal of the game to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 9-4.
 
In the fourth, freshman Joe Rosa (Newton, NJ / Kittatinny Regional) and junior Dante Serra (Center Valley, PA / Southern Lehigh) followed with a goal apiece to make the score 9-6 in favor of Frostburg. Senior Ryan Shorts (Westlake Village, CA / Oak Park) netted his first goal of the contest at the 7:34 mark to tally the Titans’ fourth consecutive goal and cut the Bobcats’ lead to 9-7. The Titans tallied their fifth consecutive goal off the stick of Slater to make the score 9-8 with 6:37 left, before the Bobcats notched an insurance goal to extend their lead to 10-8 with 1:58 left and held off the Titans for the remainder of the contest.
 
Slater led the way offensively for Westminster with a team-high four goals. Shorts, Culp, and Rosa were right behind, each tallying a goal and two assists. Sophomore Jack Granahan (Aldie, VA / John Champe) scooped up a team-high six ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Carter Hall (Zeeland, MI / Zeeland West) started in net for the Titans, collecting 13 saves to go along with a .565 save percentage. Hall also grabbed five ground balls.
 
Westminster, in only its fourth year of existence, was in its first ECAC Tournament. The Titans finished with a record of 10-8, the most wins in school history, and also made their first appearance in the inaugural Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championship title game.
 
*Written by Mike Boucher

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