GRANTHAM, Pa. – No. 4 Franklin & Marshall outscored Messiah 10-1 in the first 17 minutes of the second half enroute to a 14-10 victory over Messiah Tuesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 7-1 while the Falcons dropped to 3-5.
F&M trailed 7-4 at the break before opening the second stanza with four unanswered goals. Brittney Jorgenson found Ali Kelly for the first and Mary Mitchell brought the Diplomats within a goal at 24:01. Jorgenson found Emily Everdell to tie the game at 7-7 and Jorgenson buried a pass from Grace Saliba to put the Diplomats up a goal, 8-7, at 23:12.
The Falcons tied the game at 8-8, but the Diplomats rattled off six straight to put the game out of reach. Anastasia Mergner's goal at 22:32 stood as the game-winner and Everdell struck a little over minute later to make it 10-8. Caroline Krohn made it 11-8 before Natalie Delinsky netted a goal and Krohn got her second of the game to make it 13-8. Everdell put the last one through for F&M at 13:01 and the Falcons managed the last two goals of the contest.
Messiah put the first points on the board under a minute into the game and the Diplomats quickly responded to go up 2-1. Mary Mitchell netted the first goal and Delinsky put the second one through. The Falcons answered with two of their own before Ali Kelly's free position shot at 15:06 made it 3-3. Messiah scored four unanswered to go up 7-3 with 1:53 left in the first and Everdell scored on a free position with just 1:13 left to halftime to lead 7-4 at the break.
Everdell finished with four goals while Mitchell, Krohn and Delinsky each netted a pair of goals. Mergner had a game-high seven draws and Megan Kelly finished with three ground balls and a caused turnover.
Kelsey Hoffman improved to 5-1 with nine saves while Sarah Dolan took the loss with seven stops.
F&M outshot Messiah 35-23, went 13-for-15 in clears and won 18-of-26 draws.
The Diplomats returns to action on Thursday when F&M hosts No. 3 Middlebury at 7:00 p.m.