LANCASTER, Pa. – Billy Kempner scored two goals and handed out three assists to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 15-6 victory over Kenyon Wednesday afternoon at Tylus Field. The win is the second straight for the Diplomats as they evened their record on the year to 2-2 while the Lords dropped to 2-2.
F&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead 6:31 into the game. Will Ballantyne got things started with a goal at 11:49 and Philip Gamble found Michael Bossidy at 9:55 to put the Diplomats up 2-0. Kempner connected with Ben Ross 1:36 later to make it 3-0 before Justin Coleman put the Lords on the board with a tally at 7:13.
Kempner picked up his first score of the game at 6:19, but the Lords stayed close with score at 1:42 to come within two, 4-2. F&M countered with three goals in the final 45 seconds of the first quarter and took a 7-2 lead. Tommy Wenk netted the first score of the run before Evan Baskst hooked up with Kempner with 18 seconds left and Phil Gamble made it 7-2 with just three ticks on the clock.
The Diplomats continued the run with four unanswered in the second quarter and took a commanding 11-2 lead into the break. Wenk picked up his second with a score a 13:21 and Kempner picked up two assists when he fed Bossidy at 9:22 and found Brendan Kenavan at 6:16 to make it 10-2. Ross netted his second of the game at 3:23 for the final score of the half.
Kenyon scored the first two goals in the second half before Chad Gamble picked off a Ben Gindle-deGraaf pass and buried a shot to the bottom right of the net to make it 12-4 at 5:14 in the third. Fritz Waine found the back of the net for the Lords with just under three to play to make it 12-5 at the end of third.
Kenavan assisted John Barney four minutes into the fourth quarter and the Lords scored their final goal of the game at 9:14 to make it 13-6. F&M continued to attack and scored the last two goals of the contest with Joe Bowen assisting on both. Bowen found Mike Rama to make it 14-6 with 6:36 left and fed Matt Gillan at 1:36 for the final point of the game.
Mike Sanzone went 11-for-14 from the X with five ground balls while Nils Hansen won 6-of-10 faceoffs. Carlos Pelaez had three caused turnovers, Wesley Rhudy finished with two and Sean Brown scooped up five ground balls for the Diplomats.
Cameron Setian ended the game with two saves and went to 2-2 on the year while Patrick Shevelson took the loss with eight saves.
F&M outshot Kenyon 43-23, had a 43-20 advantage in ground balls and went 16-for-18 in clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Washington & Lee at 1:00 p.m.