LANCASTER, Pa. – Michael Bossidy, Will Ballantyne and Jamie McCulloch netted three goals each to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 15-7 win over Elmira in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The win is the first of the year for the Diplomats as they improved to 1-2 while the Soaring Eagles dropped to 0-1.
F&M wasted little time scoring with McCulloch getting his first 1:24 into the game for the early advantage. Elmira answered a little over a minute later and tied the game at 1-1 and John Barney put the Diplomats back up a goal with an unassisted goal at 2:17. Elmira responded a minute later when Myles Richards found Christian Archambeault to make it 2-2 at the end of the first.
The Diplomats dominated the second quarter with five unanswered goals and took a 7-2 lead into the break. Brendan Kenavan started things off with a goal at 12:24 before McCulloch found Bossidy at 7:31 to make it 4-2. Billy Kempner got into the action with a score at 3:58 and Bossidy closed out the half with back-to-back goals off feeds from Ben Ross and McCulloch. You can view Bossidy's second goal here.
Ballantyne started the third quarter with two straight to make it 9-2 and the Soaring Eagles countered with 3-1 run to come within five, 10-5, at the end of the third. Kempner hooked up with Evan Baskst early in the fourth and a goal by Elmira at 11:18 made it 12-6.
Sean Brown fed Mike Rama at 8:55 to kick off a 4-0 F&M run with Ballantyne and McCulloch each getting their third goal and Jeff Newton tallying the last goal of the game for F&M at 2:28. The Soaring Eagles snuck one through on a man-up opportunity for the last score of the contest.
Mike Sanzone went 11-for-15 from the X with five ground balls and Nils Hansen won 8-of-11 faceoffs with six ground balls. Carlos Pelaez paced the defense with three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
Cameron Setian picked up the win with seven saves and improved to 1-2 on the season while Mike Knowlton turned away 11 shots for Elmira and dropped to 0-1.
The Diplomats outshot the Soaring Eagles 53-19, had a 47-17 advantage in ground balls and went 10-for-14 on clear attempts.
F&M returns to action on Wednesday when the Diplomats host Kenyon at 4:00 p.m.