LANCASTER, Pa. – Muhlenberg held on to a first-half goal to defeat No. 6 Franklin & Marshall, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The Diplomats fell to 10-3, 6-1 CC with the defeat while the Mules improved to 12-1, 7-0.
The visiting Mules took the lead early in the opening half, grabbing a 1-0 edge on the back of Laura Holdman's first goal of the season. Following a corner, Holdman slapped a shot toward the near post that squirted through traffic and into the cage for the only goal of the game.
The Diplomats responded with two corners in the minutes following the goal, but were unable to get a shot on goal. One final chance in the first half came when Erin Coverdale won a penalty corner as time expired, but Annie Horsley's ensuing shot was blocked in the final play of the period.
At halftime, the Mules held a 6-2 advantage in shots, while the Diplomats owned the corner count 4-3.
F&M continued to pile on the pressure early in the second half, beginning just 45 seconds in as Melanie Consiglio found herself through on goal, only to see her shot saved by McDaniel goalkeeper Emma Rosenthal. Another Diplomat chance went unconverted in the 60th minute as Emily Nagle reached to deflect a shot from Horsley at the left post, but was unable to connect squarely and the shot went wide.
The second half saw F&M outshoot the Mules 6-3 and attempt five corners to Muhlenberg's two, but the Diplomats were unable to convert, with the game ending 1-0.
Horsley and Nagle paced the F&M offense with two shots each, while four other Diplomats attempted one. F&M goalie Ilianna Santangelo made five saves in the effort to lead the defense.
The loss broke a regular season conference win streak that had lasted more than two years for the Diplomats, with the last defeat coming to Ursinus on Sept. 27, 2014.
F&M returns to Tylus Field on Saturday for a Senior Day showdown with Washington College at 4:00 p.m.