Diplomats Power Past Fords in Final Quarter

Diplomats Power Past Fords in Final Quarter

Box Score

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- F&M outscored Haverford 7-2 in the final 20 minutes action to defeat the Fords 13-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 8-2, 2-1 CC while the Fords dropped to 4-5, 1-2 CC.

After Kevin Mollihan found Sean Rogers early in the first, the Fords netted two straight and took a 2-1 lead at the end of the quarter. Read Ziegler tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second, before Haverford went back up, 3-2, at 4:09. Nick Crennan connected with Luke Keating with 1:33 on the clock to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the break.

The Fords took a 4-3 edge early in the second, but the Diplomats answered with a three-goal run to go up 6-4. Mollihan found A.J. Rigsby for the first, before Rogers and Keating hooked up at 11:36 to make it 5-4. Jarret Donaghy finished off a pass from Mollihan just 19 seconds later to end the run. Haverford answered with two straight for a 7-6 edge, but F&M countered with a four-goal run to take the lead for good.

Keating started the run at 3:15 in the third and Mollihan struck at 1:54 to put F&M up for good, 8-7, at the end of the third. F&M continued its run with two in the first four minutes of the final frame with goals from Ellis Llewellyn and Mollihan. After a goal from Haverford, Donaghy and Keating netted back-to-back scores to make it 12-8. The Fords put one through at 3:49 and Keating netted his fifth with 3:04 left to play for the final point of the game.

Kevin Mollihan finished with two scores and four helpers, Luke Keating netted five and Jarrett Donaghy finished two goals. Sean Rogers had a goal and an assist while A.J. Rigsby and Ellis Llewellyn both scored once.

Tommy O'Connor paced the defense with four caused turnovers and Read Zeigler finished with two. Andrew Rose went 19-for-26 from the X and collected six ground balls for F&M. Thomas Moore started in net and turned away 10 shots to pick up his first win of the year.

F&M outshot Haverford 40-32, held a 30-28 edge in ground balls and went 11-for-15 on clear attempts.

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M host McDaniel at 4:00 p.m.