BALTIMORE — Kevin Mollihan had a career day with seven goals and two assists to lead Franklin & Marshall to 20-10 victory over Kenyon in men's lacrosse action Sunday afternoon. The win is the third straight for F&M as the Diplomats improved to 3-2, while Kenyon dropped to 1-3.
F&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with goals by Read Ziegler, George Briggs and Wyatt Richins. The Lords answered with two straight to come within a point, 3-2, but F&M tacked on two more when Ellis Llewellyn and Shane McBride found the net for a 5-2 F&M lead. Kenyon put one through at 1:10 to make it 5-3 heading into the second.
The Diplomats started out the second with another 3-0 spurt for an 8-3 lead just five minutes into the quarter. The Lords countered with a 3-1 run to come within three, 9-6, before Mollihan and Llewellyn scored back-to-back goals to put the Diplomats up 11-6. Kenyon managed a point with under a second remaining to make it 11-7 at the break.
Mollihan started out the third with two goals and Sean Rogers found Mike Rama at 9:27 to put the Diplomat sup 14-8. The teams exchanged points the remainder of the third with George Briggs and Jarrett Donaghy scoring for the Diplomats for a 16-10 F&M lead at the end of the third.
It was all F&M the fourth as the Diplomats closed out the game with four unanswered goals. Rogers got the first at 10:35, before Mollihan found the net at 9:07 for an 18-10 edge. Rama made it 19-10 and Mollihan finished the game with a score at 27 seconds for the final point of the game.
Mollihan scored on seven of his 14 shots, handed out two assists and finished with five ground balls. Llewellyn had three scores while Rama, Richins and Briggs both tallied twice. Zeigler, Donaghy, McBride and Rogers all had scores with Rogers finishing with a game-high four assists.
Anthony Dougherty and Llewellyn both caused three turnovers to help pace the defense, and Llewellyn finished 10 ground balls.
Scott Hatch improved to 3-2 with five saves and Reed Levesque took the loss with six stops.
F&M outshot Kenyon 57-23, held a 47-32 edge in ground balls and went 23-for-23 on clear attempts.
The Diplomats are scheduled to return to action Tuesday at Lebanon Valley. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. With snow in the forecast for that day, stay tuned to GoDiplomats.com for potential schedule changes.