Diplomats Fall in Top-Five Showdown

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)