Diplomats Dodge Ducks

LOS ANGELES – Brittney Jorgenson and Caroline Krohn netted four goals apiece to lead No. 5 Franklin & Marshall to 19-14 victory over Stevens in women's lacrosse action Wednesday morning at Jack Kemp Stadium in Los Angeles. The Diplomats remain unbeaten this season with a 4-0 mark while the Ducks dropped to 2-4.  

Stevens took control early jumping out to a 4-2 lead ten minutes into the game. Erika Wilcox did most of the scoring for the Ducks with three goals, including the first of the game. Ali Kelly tied the game at 1-1 and Krohn struck 22 seconds later to give F&M a slight lead, 2-1, at 27:20. But, Stevens answered and dominated the next 17 minutes of action with a 6-1 run and took a 7-3 lead at 10:28.

F&M countered with five straight to close out the half with an 8-7 edge. Krohn started the run at 8:31 and Anastasia Mergner found twine 26 seconds later to bring the Diplomats within two, 7-5. Emily Everdell hit another gear and tallied three straight for the Diplomats to finish off the run. 

Stevens quickly tied the game early in the second before F&M took the lead for good with five unanswered goals. Ali Kelly found Jorgenson at 26:55 for the first score of the spurt before Kelly picked up one of her own a little over a minute later. Jorgenson picked up her third of the game to make 11-8 while Kelly and Krohn notched the last two scores. 

The Ducks made it 13-9 with a score at 16:14, before the Diplomats pick up a pair of goals by Jorgenson and Krohn. Mariel Haubrich netted one for Stevens to make it 15-10 before Claire Jackson and Gabby Frank tallied for the Diplomats. The teams traded goals the last five minutes of action with Kimberly Abruzzo and Frank picking up scores for F&M.

Mergner came away with 11 draws and three ground balls while Sarah Bozzo finished three ground balls as well. 

Kaitlin Hardt picked up her first win of the year with four saves while Janelle Welkie took the loss with 10 stops. 

F&M outshot Stevens 33-24, caused 15 turnovers and went 13-for-15 in clear attempts. 

The Diplomats return to action tonight when F&M faces Occidental at 8:00 p.m. EST.