Diplomats Edge Blue Jays

Diplomats Edge Blue Jays

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Two goals in a two-minute span in the fourth quarter lifted Franklin & Marshall to an 11-10 victory over Elizabethtown in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The win is the fourth straight for F&M as the Diplomats improved to 4-2 while the Blue Jays dropped to 4-3. 

F&M trailed 9-7 heading into the fourth before George Briggs found Kevin Mollihan twice in a span of 1:09 to tie the game at 9-9 with 12:11 left to play. E-Town answered and went back out front with a goal at 8:53 to lead 10-9. F&M countered with two scores in a little under two minutes. Mike Rama netted the first at 7:52 to tie the game at 10-10 and Shane McBride picked up the game-winner when he buried a pass from Briggs with 5:55 left to play. The Blue Jays had a great look with under five seconds left to play, but Scott Hatch came up big with a save on the left post to secure the victory.

E-Town took an early 3-0 lead five minutes into the game, but Mollihan put F&M on board with a score at 1:16 in first to bring F&M within two, 3-1, heading into the second. The Diplomats started the second with a 3-0 spurt and took a 4-3 edge at 10:46. Tucker McBride and Sean Rogers had the first two scores before Rogers found Mollihan for the third point of the run. The teams traded goals the remainder of the quarter with F&M holding a 6-5 lead at the break. Briggs and Rogers had the two goals for F&M in the final seven minutes of the second.

The Blue Jays came out of the break with a 4-0 run and took a 9-6 lead with 4:08 left in the third. Briggs connected with Tucker McBride with 33 ticks on the clock with E-Town leading 9-7 heading into the final frame, setting up the dramatic fourth. 

Mollihan finished with four goals and one assist, Rogers and Tucker McBride both scored twice while Rogers also added an assist. Rama, Shane McBride and Briggs all netted a goal and Briggs ended with a game-high four helpers. 

Rogers led with four caused turnovers with Tommy O'Connor, Ellis Llewellyn and Nick Zenobio all ending with two caused turnovers.

Andrew Rose went 17-for-25 from the X and collected seven ground balls.

Hatch improved to 4-2 with 10 saves in net while Tom Mahoney took the loss with 17 stops for the Blue Jays. 

F&M outshot E-Town 49-25, held a 49-30 edge in ground balls and went 3-for-5 on man up opportunities.

The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M opens Centennial Conference action with game at Swarthmore starting at 12:00 noon.