WASHINGTON, D.C. – No. 4 Franklin & Marshall fell 8-7 in overtime to No. 17 Catholic in women's lacrosse action on Thursday evening. The Diplomats dropped to 9-4 while Catholic improved to 8-4.
F&M started strong and jumped out to a 4-0 lead a little more than eight minutes into the game. Grace Norley and Natalie Delinsky put the first two points on the board on free position goals before Paige Moriarty and Maddie Hughes struck unassisted for F&M. The Cardinals put their first point on the board at 17:30 and Caroline Kolva made it 5-1 in favor of F&M at 15:27.
Catholic answered with three straight to come within a point, 5-4, and Moriarty countered a minute later with a tally at 7:53. The Cardinals struck at 2:36 to make it a one-point game, 6-5, heading into the break.
The second half was played a slower pace with just three goals scored between the two teams. F&M's only score came at 3:56 when Hannah Serling finished off a pass from Moriarty at 3:56 for a 7-6 F&M lead. The Cardinals tied the game with just 38 seconds left on the clock to send the game into the extra period.
F&M forced a turnover midway through the first overtime and were able to fire off two shots just at the end of the period, but were unable to connect. The Cardinals won the draw in the second part of overtime and scored the game-winner at 1:48.
Danielle Harrington took the loss with eight saves and fell to 9-4 and Nanci Hernandez picked up the win with nine stops.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host Ursinus at 4:00 p.m.