No. 18 Diplomats Steamroll Immaculata

No. 18 Diplomats Steamroll Immaculata

LANCASTER, Pa. - For the third straight game the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team found the back of the cage in the opening two minutes and went on to cruise to an 8-0 victory over visiting Immaculata on Tuesday evening in non-conference action. The 18th-ranked Diplomats improve to 3-0 on the year, while the Mighty Macs drop to 1-4.

Becky Willert continued her torrid start to the 2011 season as she notched two goals and an assist, including the opening tally just 54 seconds into the contest. The senior forward now has an astounding seven goals in the Diplomats' first three games.

Willert also had a hand in F&M's second score as she assisted on senior Allison McLaren's goal in the 13th minute. After a penalty corner from junior Chelsey Talhelm, Willert sent a cross towards the goal mouth that McLaren deflected in and the Diplomats led, 2-0.

The Diplomats would not stop there as they tacked on three more tallies prior to halftime. Junior Maura Hennigan recorded her first goal of the year in the 21st minute, followed by a Talhelm score in the 28th minute to make it 4-0. Sophomore Meghan Barlow then slid it past the near-post side of the goalkeeper following a long run down the right flank to make it a five-goal cushion just before the half.

F&M continued to pour it on the Mighty Macs following the intermission as freshman Jill Kecskemethy, Willert and junior Dana Venditti each struck paydirt to give the Diplomats their final 8-0 margin of victory.

The Diplomats dominated the possession of the ball as the majority of the action took place in the Mighty Macs' defensive area. F&M held the advantage in both shots (28-3) and penalty corners (19-1) on its way to the landslide win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Koep was untested in the opening stanza as the Diplomat defense held Immaculata without a shot in the first 35 minutes, while classmate Sarah Steinhorn saw her first action of the year at goalkeeper after replacing Koep to begin the second half. Steinhorn recorded three saves to preserve the shutout for F&M.

Immaculata also used different goalkeepers in each half, with senior Brittany Worthington registering six saves in the opening frame and freshman Natalie Slezak tallying three saves in the second.

F&M will hit the road for the first time this year on Thursday, September 15 to face off against Alvernia in non-conference play. Game time is set for 4:30 pm in Reading, Pa.

Immaculata (1-4) vs. No. 18 Franklin & Marshall (3-0)

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Immaculata..........  0  0 -  0
 Franklin & Marshall.  5  3 -  8
  1.   0:54 F&M Becky Willert (6) (unassisted)
  2.  12:38 F&M Allison McLaren (3) (Becky Willert)
  3.  20:44 F&M Maura Hennigan (1) (unassisted)
  4.  27:40 F&M Chelsey Talhelm (3) (Dana Venditti)
  5.  31:40 F&M Meghan Barlow (1) (unassisted)
  6.  38:24 F&M Jill Kecskemethy (1) (Steph McDonald)
  7.  43:51 F&M Becky Willert (7) (Juliet Dalton)
  8.  63:57 F&M Dana Venditti (2) (unassisted)

Shots: Immaculata 3, Franklin & Marshall 28
Saves: Immaculata 9 (Brittany Worthington 6; Natalie Slezak 3), Franklin & Marshall 3 (Sarah Steinhorn 3)