GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Paige Moriarty and Gabby Frank combined for nine goals to lead the No. 10 Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team to a commanding 15-7 victory over Muhlenberg in Saturday's Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinals. The Diplomats improved to 15-4 on the season while the Mules dropped to 13-4.
F&M will face off against Gettysburg on the road in tomorrow's CC Final at 3:00 p.m. The occasion marks the fifth-straight year the two teams will battle in the Title game with the Diplomats looking for their first Championship since 2015.
A trio of goals, including two free-position scores, in the opening nine minutes of action, allowed F&M to storm in front with the early 3-0 edge. Muhlenberg finally answered with 19:47 to go in the frame with a Jordy Bonvini free-positon marker to make it 3-1, before a pair of Moriarty tallies, including an unassisted score with just 20 seconds remaining, sent the Diplomats into the break with a 5-1 advantage.
Muhlenberg scored two of the first three second-half goals to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 26:44 left on the clock, but another two from Moriarty, followed by a Frank unassisted goal increased the lead to six.
Just 30 seconds later, the Mules hung around with an Amanda Tullo tally that made the score 9-4, but the Diplomats' prolific offense answered again with two in a row from Maddie Hughes and Katie Groenke for the seven-goal edge. The Mules notched the next two goals to once again pull within five before Frank put a halt to the Muhlenberg momentum by taking a feed from Hannah Serling and finding the back of the net with 6:30 left.
The Mules responded with a quick up goal just 12 seconds later, before Serling, Siobhan Burke and Frank scored the final three goals of the game. Serling notched an unassisted marker at 2:55 while Burke was assisted by Moriarty with 1:07 left and Frank tallied an unassisted score with only nine seconds to go.
Moriarty led the attack with five goals and two assists, followed by Frank with four goals. Hughes scored twice and dished out one helper while Serling scored once and was credited with one assist.
Serling and Hughes both collected three ground balls. Serling added three draw controls and caused two turnovers while Hughes caused three turnovers.
Goalkeeper Danielle Harrington earned the win to improve to 13-4 after stopping eight shots in 60 minutes of competition. Sara Allison (13-4) suffered the loss after registering six saves.