Diplomats Survive Shoremen
LANCASTER, Pa. -It looked like déjà vu all over again. As it went in Wednesday's overtime defeat by McDaniel, Franklin & Marshall's men's lacrosse team held a three-goal lead late in the third quarter. This time it was Washington College making the late charge, and the Diplomats (4-8, 2-5 CC) hung on for a 7-6 win over the Shoremen (8-5, 4-4 CC).
The game was Franklin & Marshall's fifth one-goal contest of the season and third in a row, but only the second in which the Diplomats have been the victors. Two Chris Marcozzi saves in the closing 90 seconds secured the win. Marcozzi denied the Shoremen 10 times in the game with three stops coming in the final stanza.
At the other end, Gordon Cohen turned away a dozen Diplomat advances, and kept F&M scoreless over the final 11:28 of the game to give the guests a fighting chance. Noah Wilkinsky was the final Fummer to solve Cohen, popping in his fourth goal that stood as the decisive tally.
Washington struck first when Josh Perlow and Billy Strafford joined up at 9:25. Two minutes later, Mark Hild collected a Brett Leppert pass and knotted the game at 1-1. Hild finished the night with a pair of goals. Wilkinsky added a pair in the first quarter to make it 3-1 after 15 minutes. Washington never got it closer than two until the 59:54 mark.
With 2:08 left in regulation, Kyle van Oostendorp embarked on a 50-yard run that ended with a shot past Marcozzi in the upper left corner. Washington kept coming, but Marcozzi came up with timely stops. He couldn't work with Perlow's shot at four seconds that put the bookends on the night's scoring.
The Diplomats' Sean Murphy won the final faceoff of the night to secure the victory. Murphy was 8-of-12 on the dot helping F&M to a 17-10 advantage in draws.
The Diplomats moved to 2-0 on senior night on the North Campus Athletic Field. F&M upset No. 2 Gettysburg on senior night last year. F&M welcomed back a crowd of over 1,500 for Saturday's "Lacrosse Extravaganza," which began with the women's team defeating Haverford 20-5. It marked the largest single-day gathering at F&M's new facility. Three members of the crowd named Fred Schweizer were on hand for the occasion. The eldest, Fred Schweizer, Sr., 93, watched the Fred Schweizer, III, a freshman cause two turnovers in his start.
The Diplomats are idle until next Saturday when F&M closes out the season at Gettysburg.