May 11, 2013

Diplomats Edge Spartans

SALISBURY, Md. – Maggie Mae Shields buried a free position shot with 30 seconds left to deliver No. 6 Franklin & Marshall a 10-9 victory over No. 9 York in the second round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. F&M will face second-ranked Salisbury, a 17-5 winner of Christopher Newport, tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

The Diplomats (15-4) looked to be controlling the game early as F&M jumped out to an early 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Caroline Krohn scored twice in the opening volley with Mary Mitchell adding the other score. York finally put one through at 18:27 before Mitchell found Ali Kelly two minutes later to give F&M a 4-1 lead. 

Then the momentum changed. 

York (14-4) responded with a 4-0 run that spanned over four minutes and took its first lead of the game, 5-4, with 8:29 left to the break.  The Spartans used a combination of press defense, forced multiple turnovers and dominated the draw to propel their drive.

Casey Madden hooked up with Mitchell at 3:21 to temporarily stop the Spartans, but Erica Mulford tallied back-to-back goals in the last two minutes of the half to give York a 7-5 lead at the break. 

F&M opened the second half strong with three unanswered goals and retook the lead, 8-7, at 19:17. Shields found Grace Saliba 3:16 into the second for the first tally before Brittney Jorgenson netted back-to-back goals for the Diplomats. Mitchell assisted on the first score and Krohn found Jorgenson for the second tally. 

The final 11 minutes of action was a back-and-forth battle with York striking first at 10:08 to tie the game at 8-8. Krohn found Jorgenson for her third score at 8:13 before Kim Wayson found the net at 6:01 to make it 9-9.

York fired off two shots on the ensuing possession, both were stopped by Kelsey Hoffman, and the Diplomats turned the ball over on its next trip down the field and picked up a yellow card with 2:27 left to play. The Spartans moved into their offensive third and got off a shot at 1:24 and Hoffman picked up yet another stop. 

F&M cleared the ball and looked to set up their offense before Shields was fouled with 30 seconds left, which led to her game-winner. 

Hoffman came up huge all game and finished with 14 saves, including six on free position shots and four ground balls. 

Christie Bonfiglio finished with four ground balls while Caroline Doran and Emily D'Erasmo scooped up two apiece. 

F&M went 17-for-22 on clears, but the Spartans outshot the Diplomats 25-21 and came away with 14-of-20 draws. 

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