Diplomats Pick Up Fifth Straight with Win Over Tigers
LOS ANGELES -- No. 5 Franklin & Marshall picked up its second win of the day and fifth of the season with a 19-5 victory over Occidental at Jack Kemp Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 5-0 while the Tigers dropped to 6-2 on the year.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead five minutes into the game, but the Diplomats answered and dominated the remainder of contest. F&M put 14 unanswered points on the board with a run that started at 23:54 in the first and ended at 22:35 in the second half.
Ali Kelly started the run off with an unassisted goal before Anastasia Mergner and Casey Madden netted a pair of goals. Mergner fed Brittney Jorgenson to make it 6-3 and Caroline Krohn scored on a free position for a 7-3 score. Emily D'Erasmo got into the action at 4:43 followed by unassisted goals by Gabby Frank, Krohn and Everdell to make it 11-3 at the break.
F&M started out the second stanza with three straight to go up 14-3. Everdell netted her second at 27:30 while Kelly and Jorgenson picked up the other two goals in the run. The Tigers managed to put two on the board midway through the second for their final points of the game to make it 14-5 with 16:44 left to play.
Grace Saliba picked up her first and Clair Jackson made it 16-5 with a little over 11 minutes left in the game. Yen Baker connected with Frank at 7:23 and Natalie Delinsky found Jackson for her second score to make it 18-5. Kimberly Abruzzo netted the final score for the Diplomats with an unassisted tally at 1:50.
Emily Everdell forced two turnovers, while Mergner came away with six draw and three ground balls.
Kaitlin Hardt improved to 2-0 with five saves while Kirsten Hee took the loss with six stops.
F&M outshot Occidental 31-16, won 14-of-26 draws and went 15-for-17 in clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, March 22 whens F&M opens up Centennial Conference action with a home contest against Muhlenberg at 1:00 p.m.