GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall got a first-half hat trick from freshman Erin Coverdale on Tuesday afternoon en route to a 4-1 romp over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The victory took the Diplomats to 12-3, 8-1 CC while the host Bullets fell to 6-8, 4-5.
Coverdale started the scoring early, giving the Diplomats a 1-0 edge in the third minute. The freshman pounced on a loose ball in front and found the back of the cage to give F&M the early lead.
That advantage grew to 2-0 in the 16th minute as Coverdale logged her second tally of the game following a deflection from a Bullet defender. The Lewes, Del. native then finished off her hat trick with 91 seconds remaining in the first half, taking a pass from Sarah Schannauer and coolly dispatching it into the bottom-right corner of the cage to give F&M a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime. The goal was the eighth of the season for Coverdale, and completed her first career hat trick.
At halftime, the Diplomats owned slight advantages in shots (11-9) and penalty corners (5-4). F&M goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo made eight saves in the frame.
Melanie Consiglio added to her team-high goal total in the second half, giving the Diplomats a 4-0 lead in the 48th minute. The senior collected a rebound and converted from close range for her 11th tally of the season.
Gettysburg added a consolation goal in the 55th minute, but could not further cut the deficit as F&M coasted to the 4-1 victory.
Coverdale was efficient as well as productive, recording her three goals on just five shots. Consiglio also fired five shots to lead the offense.
Santangelo finished the game with 11 saves, marking a new career high as she improved to 12-3 on the season.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, heading to Dickinson for the final game of the regular season at 11:00 a.m.