LANCASTER, Pa. – Katie Groenke struck with 36 ticks left in overtime to lift No. 9 Franklin & Marshall to an 8-7 victory over York in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. Click here to watch the goal. The win is the first for F&M this season as the Diplomats improved to 1-1 while York suffered their first loss and fell to 2-1.
F&M trailed 7-6 with under two minutes remaining in the game. Gabby Frank fired off a shot that was saved, but roll back into play where Paige Moriarty scooped it up and buried a shot to the tie the game at 7-7 with 1:43 left to play. Both teams came under on their next possession to send the game into overtime.
York won the draw to start overtime, but were called with a foul two minutes in to give F&M the ball back. The Diplomats cleared the ball and Groenke took the ball at 13 meters out, ran past her defender, and shot the ball to bottom left out of the reach of the goalie's stick for game-winner.
The Spartans went up 1-0 early in the game before the Diplomats netted three straight to take a 3-1 lead at 23:50. Frank found Maddie Hughes at 26:28 to start things off and Moriarty fed Yen Baker for the second score. Melissa Judge buried a pass from Natalie Delinsky to make it 3-1 and York put one through at 14:14 to come within a goal.
Siobhan Burke found Hughes at 10:50 for a two-goal, 4-2, F&M advantage, but the Spartans countered with a 4-0 spurt. The first goal happened towards the end of the first to make to 4-3 at the break.
York came out strong in the second half with three straight goals and took a 6-4 lead at 23:07. Judge struck with back-to-back scores and tied the game at 6-6 with 8:01 remaining in the game. The Spartans went back on top with a score at 7:28, setting up the final run by the Diplomats.
Judge finished with three scores, Hughes netted two and Moriarty ended the game with a goal and an assist. Groenke and Baker both scored once while Frank handed out two assists and Burke along with Delinsky both ended with one helper.
Danielle Harrington picked up the win in goal with four saves and improved to 1-1 while Charlotte Wright took the loss with eight stops.
F&M outshot York 20-17, held at 16-7 edge in ground balls and went 14-for-18 in clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to No. 2 Cortland State for a 12:00 p.m. game.