LANCASTER, Pa. – Billy Kempner scored two goals and handed out five assists to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 12-5 win over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. F&M improved to 10-3, 4-1 CC while the Garnet dropped to 4-8, 1-4 CC.
Kempner increased his career total to 170 points and overtook Peter Bidstrup '86 for the sixth spot on the all-time points list at F&M.
The Diplomats led wire-to-wire and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Kempner had a hand in every goal, assisting Ben Ross on the first at 12:29 before netting an unassisted goal at 5:46. Chad Gamble found Kempner at 1:34 to make it 3-0, but the Garnet managed an up-goal with just 37 seconds left to make it 3-1 at the end of the first.
F&M tallied two straight in the second to increase its lead to 5-1 at 10:44. Kempner fed Michael Bossidy at 12:08 and Jamie McCulloch scored at 10:44 for the Diplomats. Chris Thomson put one through for the Garnet to bring Swarthmore within three, 5-2, but the Diplomats closed out the half with two unanswered scores. Mike Rama picked up the first score and Kempner found Bossidy for the second at 3:47.
The Diplomats opened the second half with three unanswered goals and took a commanding 10-2 lead in the third quarter. John Barney and Rama netted the first two before Kempner and Bossidy hooked up for the third time at 3:55 in the third. The Garnet answered with two straight to make it 10-4 at the end of third.
Kempner picked up his final point we he fed Ben Ross early in the fourth and Philip Gamble netted the last goal for F&M with an unassisted tally at 11:41.
Bossidy finished with three goals while Rama and Ross both picked up a pair. McCulloch, Philip Gamble and Barney each finished with a goal for the Diplomats.
Mike Sanzone went 9-for-14 from the X and collected five ground balls on the afternoon.
Cameron Setian improved to 10-3 in the cage with six saves while Jonathan Cohen took the loss with 10 stops.
F&M outshot Swarthmore 37-30, held a 35-24 advantage in ground balls and went 19-for-20 in clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M travels to Haverford.