Diplomats Fall in Top-Five Showdown
WINCHESTER, Va. - Lynchburg broke open a scoreless game with a flurry of goals in the final 15 minutes to hand Franklin & Marshall its first loss of the season, 5-0, in a battle of two top-five teams on Tuesday night on the campus of Shenandoah. The second-ranked Diplomats fall to 11-1 overall with the loss, while the fourth-ranked Hornets improve to 12-1.
After 55 minutes of scoreless back-and-forth play, Lynchburg broke the draw with a trio of goals in the span of under two minutes to seize control of a close contest. Lindsay Leonard provided the first two Hornet scores just over a minute apart in the 56th and 57th minutes, respectively, before Katie Kline made it a 3-0 Lynchburg lead at the 56:54 mark.
Leonard completed the hat trick with another score in the 63rd minute, before Nicole Marburger finished off the Lynchburg scoring just over four minutes later for the final 5-0 count.
The Hornets held a slight edge in shots (14-11), while the Diplomats had the advantage in penalty corners (10-5).
F&M goalkeeper Avery Koep had two saves in the full 70 minutes of action in a losing effort. Lynchburg's Tiffany Frye secured the victory in goal and totaled four saves.
The second-ranked Diplomats travel to Muhlenberg on Saturday, Oct. 15 for a Centennial Conference (CC) matchup at 1:00 pm.
Franklin & Marshall (11-1) vs. Lynchburg (12-1)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 0 0 - 0
Lynchburg........... 0 5 - 5
1. 55:01 LCFH Lindsay Leonard (Katie Kline)
2. 56:19 LCFH Lindsay Leonard (unassisted)
3. 56:54 LCFH Katie Kline (Deanna Smith)
4. 62:49 LCFH Lindsay Leonard (unassisted)
5. 66:54 LCFH Nicole Marburger (Lindsay Leonard) - Penalty corner
Shots: Franklin & Marshall 11, Lynchburg 14
Saves: Franklin & Marshall 2 (Avery Koep 2), Lynchburg 4 (Tiffany Frye 4)