Diplomats End No. 13 Gettysburg CC Streak

Diplomats End No. 13 Gettysburg CC Streak

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall downed No. 13 Gettysburg 11-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon. F&M improved to 6-2, 2-0 CC while the Bullets dropped to 5-4, 1-1 CC. The F&M victory snapped Gettysburg's 22-game CC win streak.

Gettysburg had control in the opening minutes and took an early 2-0 lead with 3:25 left in the first quarter. George Briggs found Sean Rogers at 2:27 to make it 2-1, before Gettysburg went up 3-1 with a score at 1:10. F&M answered with a 5-0 run that went into the second quarter.  Two of those goals came in the final 15 seconds of the first with Ronan Garcia finding twine with 15 ticks on the clock, before Rogers connected with Mike Rama with seven seconds left to tie the game at 3-3 at the end of the first.


It was all F&M in the second as the Diplomats tallied three unanswered while their defense kept the Bullets off the board. Briggs connected with Tucker McBride for the go-ahead goal at 9:06 and recorded his third assist at 6:30 when he found Rama. Harry Rice fed Kevin Mollihan for the final score of the quarter to put the Diplomats up 6-3 heading into the break. 

The Bullets start out the third with two straight to come within a point, 6-5, but Shane McBride found Briggs at 6:15 to give F&M a 7-5 edge. Gettysburg answered with another pair and tied the game at 7-7, before the Diplomats netted three straight to take the lead for good. Rice started the run with a score at 3:44 followed by a Kevin Mollihan goal at 3:04 to make it 9-7 at the end of the third. 

Shane McBride connected with Mollihan to open the scoring in the fourth. Gettysburg answered with a score 25 seconds later, before Rogers buried a pass from Tucker McBride to put the game out of reach with 1:38 left to play. The Bullets snuck one through with 1:09 left, but the Diplomats were able to run out the clock on their next possession.

Mollihan finished with three goals while Rogers netted two with two helpers. Briggs had a goal with three assists and Rice, along with T. McBride, both finished with a score and an assist. Rama had two goals, S. McBride handed out two assists, and Garcia finished with a goal.

Nick Zenobio and Anthony Dougherty both caused two turnovers to help pace the defense.

Scott Hatch stepped up throughout the game making pivotal saves in key moments. He ended the day with 12 stops and improved to 6-2. 

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Haverford at 3:00 p.m.