Diplomats Cruise by Riverhawks

Diplomats Cruise by Riverhawks

LANCASTER, Pa. – Sean Rogers and Kevin Mollihan combined for 13 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 14-8 victory over Susquehanna in men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening. The Diplomats picked up their first win of the year and improved to 1-2 while the Riverhawks suffered their first loss and fell to 3-1. 

F&M took control early and jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Rogers started the game with back-to-back goals on feeds from Jarrett Donaghy and Mike Rama before Mollihan scored a pair of his own for an early 4-0 lead. Rogers found Rama at 13:46 in the second to put F&M 5-0, before Susquehanna got their first point at 12:45.

Rogers put F&M up 6-1, and the Riverhawks answered with two to come within three, 6-3, with 6:08 left in the second. The Diplomats countered with another 5-0 run that went into the third quarter. Shane McBride finished off a pass from Mollihan to start the run and Wyatt Richins struck at 3:29 to make it 8-3 at the break.

Tucker McBride buried a pass from Rogers to continue things in the third and then fed Rama at 11:57 to make it 10-3. Rogers found Mollihan for the final point of the run, before Susquehanna tacked on two to make it 11-5. The Diplomats countered with two straight off goals from Mollihan and took a 13-5 lead into the break. 

The Riverhawks did most of the damage in the fourth by outscoring F&M 3-1, but the game was never in reach. Nick Crennan netted the lone goal for F&M in the final frame at 9:33.

Rogers finished with three goals, and four helpers and Mollihan recorded five scores and one assist. Rama had two goals and an assist while S. McBride, T. McBride, Richins and Crennan all had a goal. Sam Garges, George Briggs, and T. McBride all ended with an assist.

Nick Zenobio led the defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls, and Tommy O'Connor, Ellis Llewellyn, and John Sommi all finished with three ground balls.

Scott Hatch picked up his first win with seven saves, and Dylan Abplanalp took the loss with 16 stops. 

F&M outshot Susquehanna 46-32, held a 34-20 edge in ground balls and went 22-for-26 on clear attempts. 

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Washington & Lee for a 2:00 p.m. game.