May 3, 2014

Diplomats Survive Shorewomen; Advance to CC Finals

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Mary Mitchell struck twice in the final four minutes of action to break an 11-11 tie and deliver No. 7 Franklin & Marshall an 13-11 victory over No. 19 Washington in the Centennial Conference (CC) Women's Lacrosse Semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Gettysburg.  

The Diplomats will face sixth-ranked Gettysburg, a 21-11 winner over McDaniel, in tomorrow's championship game at 1:00 p.m. held at Gettysburg's Clark Field. The game will mark the 11th time the two teams have faced off for the CC Crown with each team winning five apiece. 

F&M took control early and jumped out to a 4-1 lead 13 minutes into action. Emily Everdell found Anastasia Mergner and Mitchell struck unassisted at 25:38 for a 2-0 advantage. The Shorewomen put one through at 2:40 and the Diplomats countered with a pair of goals, the first by Ali Kelly and the second from Grace Saliba, for the early 4-1 edge. 

Katherine Vincent brought Washington within two, 4-2, before Saliba and Gabby Frank scored four minutes apart to increase F&M's lead to 6-2. The Shorewomen scored at the 11-minute mark before Christie Huidekoper and Caroline Krohn struck for F&M to make it 8-3 with 5:54 left in the half. Washington answered with two straight to end half with F&M leading 8-5 at the break. 

F&M looked to control the second half with an early goal by Mergner, but the Shorewomen answered with a 4-0 run to tie the game at 9-9. The teams traded a pair of goals with Mergner and Delinsky scoring for F&M, before Vincent and Carly Eisenbrandt netted for Washington to tie the game at 11-11 at 9:45. The teams traded possession over the next six minutes before Mitchell scored unassisted at 3:57. The Diplomats won the ensuing draw and ran the clock down to 15 seconds when Krohn found Mitchell to secure the win.

Mitchell and Mergner both finished with three goals, Saliba had two while Frank, Krohn, Huidekoper, Delinsky and Kelly all struck once. Krohn added a game-high two assists. 

Samantha Blicht came up big on defense with five caused turnovers and two ground balls while Mergner finished with eight draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. 

Kelsey Hoffman improved to 13-4 with three saves and Allison Remenapp took the loss with five stops. 

F&M held a 27-17 advantage in shots, won 16-of-26 draws and went 10-for-13 in clears.