CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Becky Willert scored twice to lead the fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall field hockey team past Washington College, 2-1, in a crucial Centennial Conference (CC) matchup on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Diplomats (13-2, 8-0 CC) snap a three-game losing skid to the Shorewomen and now need just one win in their remaining two regular season contests to secure home-field advantage in the CC playoffs. Washington (9-6, 5-3 CC) falls for the second time this week to a ranked opponent - having also lost to No. 11 Ursinus earlier in the week - and now sits in a third-place tie with Gettysburg in the CC standings.
Willert put F&M on top in the 22nd minute with a score near the stroke line in front of goal. Kimmy Fisher sent a cross to the stick of Willert, who found the back of the cage for a 1-0 Diplomat edge.
F&M carried its one-goal advantage into the latter stages of the second stanza, but the Shorewomen were able to break through in the 60th minute after earning a penalty stroke. Gussie Reilly slid the shot to the lower-right corner to knot the game at 1-1 with just over 10 minutes on the clock.
The Diplomats were awarded a penalty stroke of their own exactly four minutes later, with Willert converting for her seventh game-winning tally of the season. Willert, who leads the CC in both points (50) and goals (23), continues to move up the F&M record books. The senior forward now holds sole possession of third place in single-season goals and ranks fourth all-time in career goals.
Goalkeeper Avery Koep put together a fine performance with seven saves on the afternoon to secure the win, while Stephanie Harryman notched four saves in a losing effort for Washington.
No. 4 F&M returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 26 for a CC matchup against Gettysburg at 7:30 pm.
#4 Franklin & Marshall (13-2, 8-0 CC) vs. Washington College (9-6, 5-3 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 1 1 - 2
Washington College.. 0 1 - 1
1. 21:45 F&M Becky Willert (Kimmy Fisher) - cross to stroke line, shot
2. 59:36 WC Gussie Reilly Penalty stroke
3. 63:36 F&M Becky Willert Penalty stroke
Shots: Franklin & Marshall 11, Washington College 17
Saves: Franklin & Marshall 7 (Avery Koep 7), Washington College 5 (Stephanie Harryman 4; TEAM 1)