Diplomats Dominate Mules
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Erin Dunne tallied seven goals to lead No. 8 Franklin & Marshall to an 18-9 victory over Muhlenberg Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action. The Diplomats improved to 4-1 (1-0 CC) while the Mules fell to 3-1 (0-1 CC).
Each team scored three goals in the opening ten minutes of action. Ali Kelly put F&M up 1-0, scoring from a feed by Lauren Ehrhardt, but the Mules answered minutes later and tied the game at one. Dunne scored her first goal of the game on a free position a minute and 27 seconds later, before Muhlenberg again answered and tied the game at two at 23:48. Dunne fed Ehrhardt to put the Diplomats back up a score, but Molly Davin netted one for Muhlenberg to even the game at three at 20:10.
The Diplomats rallied with three unanswered points with goals by Dune, Kelly, and Mary Mitchell to take a 6-3 edge midway through the opening period. Muhlenberg responded with a 3-1 scoring run to tie the game at seven with 6:13 remaining until halftime. F&M countered with two straight goals to go into the break with a 9-7 advantage.
F&M came out of the break with five goals in the first 12 minutes of action to blow the game wide open and take a 14-7 advantage at 18:07. Davin scored two straight for the Mules before F&M finished the game with four tallies in the last six minutes of action to come away with the victory.
Christie Bonfigilio finished with a team-high three groundballs and Kara Stanley picked up five draw controls.
Kelsey Hoffman earned the win with seven saves while Tiffany Kreider took the loss for the Mules.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Diplomats host Messiah at 4:00 p.m.
Franklin & Marshall (4-1 (1-0 CC)) vs. Muhlenberg (3-1 (0-1 CC))
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 9 9 - 18
Muhlenberg.......... 7 2 - 9
ASSISTS: Erin Dunne 2; Lauren Ehrhardt 2; Lauren Selawski 2; Cat Serpe 2; Katie Delaney 1; Mary McNutt 1; Mary Mitchell 1.
Muhlenberg SCORING: GOALS: Michelle Certosimo 3; Molly Davin 3; Stephanie Umbach 2; Alex Bellini 1.
ASSISTS: Kelsey Elmer 2; Michelle Certosimo 1; Molly Davin 1; Angela Napoletano 1; Ally Shaffer 1.
SHOTS - Franklin & Marshall 35; Muhlenberg 18.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Franklin & Marshall 28; Muhlenberg 16.
GOALIES - F&M: Kelsey Hoffman 4-1 (60:00 minutes, 16 shots-7 saves, 9 GA); MUHL: Tiffany Kreider 3-1 (60:00, 28-10, 18).