LANCASTER, Pa. – Three second-half goals in the span of nine minutes powered Franklin & Marshall to a 4-0 romp over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The Diplomats improved to 8-2, 5-0 CC with the victory while the Blue Jays fell to 6-5, 2-2.
Emily Nagle scored for the second consecutive game, converting a penalty stroke in the 22nd minute to give F&M the 1-0 edge. The stroke came after hard work from Nicole Bodo drew a Hopkins penalty just yards from the goal.
Sydney Cole proved to be a thorn in the side of the Blue Jays all night, beginning with two opportunities near the end of the first half. In the 27th minute, Cole streaked past a Hopkins defender on the right side and unleashed a blast that went just inches wide of the left post. In the 32nd, Cole dribbled fifty yards and went one-on-one with Blue Jay goalkeeper Greta Helvie, but her touch around Helvie just trickled over the end line.
Despite nonstop pressure from the host Diplomats, the score remained 1-0 at halftime. F&M held leads of 10-1 in shots and 10-0 in corners.
The Diplomats wasted little time extending their advantage in the second. Just over five minutes into the period, Cole made her way across the goal from left to right, before passing back to Melanie Consiglio who converted with a reverse-handed shot from close range.
Just five minutes later, Nagle notched her second tally of the night to give F&M a three-goal advantage, as the sophomore forward got on the end of a deflection from Consiglio and scored at the left post. The Diplomats rounded out the scoring in the 50th minute, when Mel Gula dribbled along the left baseline and found Consiglio in front to put the game out of reach.
Annie Horsley led the F&M offense with five shots, including the shot deflected by Consiglio on the game's third goal. Cole and Gula fired off four efforts apiece.
Ilianna Santangelo (8-2) recorded her fourth consecutive shutout as the F&M defense allowed just two shots and zero corners on the night.
The Diplomats are back in action on Saturday, continuing CC play by visiting Haverford at 12:00 p.m.