April 4, 2014

Diplomats Edged in OT

EWING, N.J. -- No. 4 The College of New Jersey tallied two goals in the final 43 seconds of overtime to defeat No. 7 Franklin & Marshall 14-13 in women's lacrosse action Friday evening.  

The Diplomats (9-3) appeared to have the game in hand when Ali Kelly buried a Caroline Krohn feed to break a 12-12 tie and put the Diplomats up 13-12. The goal came with just 58 seconds left in the overtime period. Lauren Pigott came away with the ensuing draw for the Lions and found the back of the net 15 seconds later to tie the game at 13-13 with 43 ticks left to play. The Lions (10-0) again won the draw and Pigott found Kendal Borup 24 seconds later for the game winner. 

F&M jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with two goals from Krohn 10 minutes into the first half. Erin Walker tied the game for TCNJ before Krohn found Kelly at 16:35 to put the Diplomats up 3-2. The Lions answered with four straight and took a 6-3 lead, but the Diplomats countered with four of their own to go up 7-6 with just under two minutes to play. Krohn started the run at 7:04 with Emily Everdell, Kimberly Abruzzo and Emily D'Erasmo all scoring unassisted goals for the Diplomats. 

Walker scored for the Lions at 1:27 to tie the game at 7-7, but Diplomats put two through in the final 41 seconds of the half to go into the break with a 9-7 edge. Abruzzo found Krohn for the first goal before striking unassisted with three seconds left in the half of the second score. 

The Lions opened the second half strong with four unanswered goals and took an 11-9 lead midway through the half. Casey Madden scored at 12:29 and Everdell tallied unassisted three minutes later to tie the game at 11-11 at 9:20. Pigott put the Lions back up at 8:05 and Anastasia Mergner struck at 6:13 to tie the game at 12-12.

TCNJ managed to get two shots off in the final six minutes of action, one was on a free position that was stopped by Kelsey Hoffman and the other sailed high. The Diplomats set up for the last shot in regulation with just under 40 seconds to play, but Madden's shot, with three ticks on the clock, was turned away by Kelly Schlupp sending the game into overtime. 

Krohn had a team-high four goals and two assists and became just the 14th player in F&M history to reach the 200-point plateau with 204 points. Abruzzo, Everdell and Kelly all finished two goals while Madden and D'Erasmo each struck once. 

Pigott led the way for TCNJ with six goals and two helpers and Walker finished with goals for the Lions. 

Hoffman had 11 saves in the loss while Schlupp picked up the win with seven stops. 

F&M limited TCNJ to 4-for-14 on free position shots and went 16-for-18 in clears, but the Lions held a 42-28 advantage in shots and took 17-of-31 draws. 

The Diplomats return to action tomorrow F&M travels to McDaniel for a 1:00 p.m. game.