LANCASTER, Pa. — No. 14 Ursinus closed out the game with three unanswered goals to defeat No. 13 Franklin & Marshall 12-11 in the semifinal of the 2019 Centennial Conference (CC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament Wednesday evening. The Bears improved to 12-3 and will face Gettysburg in the Championship game on Saturday, while the Diplomats fell to 12-5.
F&M took an early 2-0 lead with goals by Kevin Mollihan and A.J. Rigsby. The Bears went on the board at 8:45 and Mollihan struck off George Briggs' second assist of the game to make it a 3-1 score at 6:11. The Bears again came within a point, but the Diplomats answered with a 3-0 run that went midway into the second quarter. Ursinus countered with two straight to come within two, 6-4, at the break,
The Bears increased their run to four straight and tied the game at 6-6 at 10:35 in the third. Luke Keating and Mollihan netted back-to-back goals to give F&M an 8-6 edge, but the Bears answered again with a three-goal spurt and took their first lead of the game, 9-8, 55 seconds into the fourth.
F&M retook the lead off a three-goal run, with a tally from Mollihan and two from A.J. Rigsby, for an 11-9 advantage with 8:28 left to play. The Bears came within a goal at 4:29 and netted the equalizer with just 58 ticks on the clock. Ursinus won the ensuing face-off and struck 37 seconds later for the game-winner.
F&M led in shots 46-35, while the Bears held a 33-25 edge in ground balls and dominated from the X at 21-of-26.
The Diplomats will have to wait until the NCAA selection show (NCAA.com) on Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. to see if they can receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.