LEXINGTON, Va. - Franklin & Marshall's No. 20 ranked men's lacrosse team held off a late charge from No. 11 Washington & Lee to pull off an impressive 13-10 non-conference upset on Saturday afternoon in Virginia.
The Diplomats won their third straight to improve to 3-1 while the Generals fell to 2-3.
F&M stormed out of the gates and led by as many as seven goals when the Diplomats rolled into halftime with the dominant 9-2 edge. Kevin Mollihan got the scoring started with an unassisted marker at 11:48 and Luke Keating followed less than two minutes later with one of his three first-half goals.
Three consecutive F&M goals opened the second before W&L snapped a nearly 13-minute scoreless streak with 6:57 to go before the half to make it a 6-2 contest. However, it was all F&M from there as Target, Keating, and Mollihan continued to pace the team's potent attack, sending the Diplomats into the break with a seven-goal lead after each notched their third scores of the half.
The third quarter opened with the Generals rattling off two straight to cut the deficit to five before Keating responded with back-to-back unassisted markers that pushed the lead back up to seven. Each team traded back-and-forth goals to make it a 13-6 score with 13:49 remaining in the fourth. From there, the Generals went on a four-goal run to pull within three, but the Diplomats held their opponent scoreless over the game's final 2:46 to clinch the victory.
Keating led the offense with five goals and two assists. Target and Mollihan followed with three goals each while George Briggs was credited with five assists on the day.
Timmy Hoarty and Ellis Llewellyn collected four ground balls each, while Llewellyn added two caused turnovers. Tommy O'Connor and Noah Isaacson also caused a pair of turnovers and Issacson scooped up three ground balls.
Goalie Scott Hatch (3-1) was clutch with 14 saves through his 60 minutes of action. The Diplomat defense was strong throughout, causing 19 turnovers and holding the Generals to an 0-for-6 mark on man-up opportunities.
F&M returns to the field next Saturday, facing off against Messiah at Iona Prep. In New Rochelle, N.Y. The opening faceoff is slated for 2:00 p.m.