Return of midfielders Devon Stailey and Lucas Flaig has boosted Frostburg State offense

Stailey missed four games because of blood infection, and Flaig sat out nine to heal broken arm

April 17, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Frostburg State’s offense has been paced by the attack of junior Ryan Serio (Chesapeake-AA), sophomore Devin Colegrove (Dulaney) and freshman Spenser Love (Winters Mill), which has combined for 67 of the team’s 150 goals and 44 of the 97 assists. And sophomore midfielder Chris Rios (14 goals and 18 assists) has also been instrumental.

The unit has also been buoyed by the return of junior midfielders Devon Stailey and Lucas Flaig. Stailey has registered 10 goals and three assists while missing the first four games of the season due to a serious blood infection.

“Devon Stailey missed a bunch of games because he had an infection in his bloodstream that affected his heart and he had to take six months off from cardiovascular activity so that his heart could heal properly,” coach Tommy Pearce said Tuesday, adding that Stailey was required to keep his heart rate below 100 to allow his heart to heal. “He’s back now and shooting the ball pretty hard, but I think the toughest part for him was he wasn’t able to come in great shape because he had to take some time off.”

Flaig led the midfield in scoring in 2011 with 24 goals and five assists, but missed last season after undergoing hip surgery and was sidelined for nine contests after breaking his arm in the preseason.

Flaig has only scored four times in five games and has yet to record an assist, but Pearce said Flaig’s contributions are not limited to raw statistics.

“Luke’s a big, strong midfielder. So when he dodges hard, teams have to do something,” Pearce said. “They have to slide because he’s going to beat people. He scored a couple goals early, but what I think he does more is draw slides, and if he pushes the ball, I think Ryan Serio and Devin Colegrove will have a few more assists because of the fact we’ve got one more guy that can dodge and draw slides. Luke might not rack up a ton of points, but I think he will open up opportunities for other guys to get more assists.”

Stailey and Flaig should provide some help as the Bobcats (9-5 overall and 1-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference) seek their first appearance in the league tournament. But expectations are being muted.

“Both those guys are helping us out, but they both have their own challenges to overcome,” Pearce said. “Both of those guys are really trying to find their niche. Coming back in the middle of the season and playing a bunch of games is just a challenge.”

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