Beaver, Diplomats Topple Lycoming

Beaver, Diplomats Topple Lycoming

Video - Goal No. 2

Video - Goal No. 3

Video - Goal No. 4

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Ben Beaver notched two goals, including what would prove to be the game-winner just after halftime, to carry No. 25 Franklin & Marshall past Lycoming in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats improve to 3-1-1 with the victory, while the Warriors fall to 4-2.

F&M opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Junior Alex Grassi took a short feed from senior Eric Elicker off a corner kick and Grassi's strike towards goal found the netting for a 1-0 Diplomat advantage.

The Diplomats remained ahead by a one-goal margin until just after the halftime break, when Beaver tallied an unassisted score to push the F&M lead to 2-0.

Lycoming answered back in the 59th minute to pull within one of the Diplomats. Junior Matt Snively took advantage of an F&M turnover in its own defensive half and fired a long-range shot from about 35 yards out into the upper-right corner to make the count 2-1.

Just over 10 minutes later, Beaver struck once more to again push the Diplomats out to a two-goal lead. Elicker recorded his second assist on the afternoon as he fed a streaking Beaver, who capitalized on the fast break opportunity with a shot that slid past Warrior junior goalkeeper James Quinn into lower left corner.

The Diplomats added an insurance goal in the 81st minute to close out the day's scoring. Freshman Derek Pawlush took a feed from sophomore Preston Kilgore and converted for his first career score.

Junior Zach Fernberger (3-1-1) played the entire 90 minutes between the pipes for F&M to pick up the win, while Quinn (4-2) allowed three goals on five saves in the loss. Freshman Connor Keenan took over for Quinn for the final 11:38 of the contest, surrendering one goal.

F&M returns to the pitch on Saturday, September 17 at Swarthmore, the defending Centennial Conference champions, in the CC opener for both squads. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 pm in Swarthmore, Pa.

#25 Franklin & Marshall (3-1-1) vs. Lycoming (4-2)

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot


 Franklin & Marshall.  1  3 -  4

 Lycoming............  0  1 -  1


  1.  19:48 F&M Alex Grassi (Eric Elicker) - Straight in off the corner kick.

  2.  47:59 F&M Ben Beaver (unassisted)

  3.  58:55 LYCOM Matt Snively (2) (unassisted) - Off turnover, fired in from 35 yards into upper right corner

  4.  70:42 F&M Ben Beaver (Eric Elicker) - fast break goal into lower left corner.

  5.  80:56 F&M Derek Pawlush (Preston Kilgore)

 Shots: Franklin & Marshall 24, Lycoming 7

 Saves: Franklin & Marshall 0 (), Lycoming 5 (James Quinn 5)