ANNVILLE, Pa. – Kevin Mollihan scored three of his five goals in the first half as Franklin & Marshall jumped out to a 6-2 lead over Lebanon Valley on Monday night in nonconference men's lacrosse action, eventually handing the Dutchmen a 13-9 defeat. The Diplomats improved to 8-2 on the year with their eighth consecutive victory, while LVC fell to 6-4.
Mollihan opened the scoring just 24 seconds in, scoring unassisted to give F&M the early 1-0 lead. Forty-seven seconds later Mike Rama doubled the Diplomats' lead, taking a feed from Tucker McBride to put F&M up by two.
The Diplomats continued to extend the advantage in the first as goals from McBride and Harry Rice made the score 4-0, before Mollihan scored with 3:08 left in the frame to cap the F&M run at 5-0 to open the game. LVC got on the board with 1:41 left in the first, but after one the Diplomats led by four.
A low-scoring second quarter saw Mollihan tally the first goal of the frame and his third of the half with 3:15 left on the clock. The Dutchmen returned the deficit to four with 36 seconds left thanks to a score from Cooper Gerus, making the F&M advantage 6-2 at halftime.
Mollihan needed just 46 seconds to light the scoreboard in the third, pushing the F&M edge to 7-2 with another unassisted marker. However, Lebanon Valley responded with three straight goals, stopped only by George Briggs' score at 5:31. Back and forth action continued as Sean Rogers scored with 1:02 left in the period to make the score 9-6 entering the fourth.
The Dutchmen drew within one at 9-8 after scoring the first two goals of the final quarter, but Rogers responded again with a goal on a feed by McBride. LVC pulled back within two at the 4:58 mark, but Mollihan and Rama scored just 22 seconds apart to send F&M up by four with less than three minutes to play, icing the win for the Diplomats.
Mollihan finished the night with five goals and one assist on nine shots. Rama, Rogers, and Rice all notched a pair, with Rogers tallying a team-high three assists.
Scott Hatch (8-2) earned the win in net for F&M, making seven saves.
The Diplomats outshot the Dutchmen by a 36-22 margin and picked up 43 ground balls to LVC's 33.
F&M returns to Centennial Conference action next Wednesday, Apr. 12, visiting McDaniel at 7:00 p.m.