GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall emphatically responded to its first regular season loss in nearly two years over the weekend, bouncing back with a dominant 6-1 victory over Gettysburg on Wednesday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The Diplomats improved to 15-1, 7-1 CC with the win, while the Bullets fell to 9-5-1, 3-5 CC.
The six goals marked the most scored in a game since Sept. 8, 2007 when the Diplomats downed St. Vincent by a 9-0 mark.
An outside shot at securing the No. 1 seed and locking down home field advantage in the upcoming CC Tournament remains, however, F&M needs a pair of losses from Haverford and a win against Dickinson on Saturday.
Connor Finn got the scoring underway in the 16th minute off a quick shot in the box following a Jeremy Levine freekick, before an unassisted tally from Devon Malfitano in the 23rd made it a 2-0 game. Stephen Sherbahn lit the scoreboard off another unassisted score in the 36th, the first goal of his career, sending the Diplomats into the break ahead 3-0.
An own goal just nine minutes into the second made it 4-0, before Gettysburg finally got on the scoreboard in the 72nd to pull within three. Conor Pellas put F&M back up by four with a straightaway blast on a freekick in the 76th, before Dave Martin wrapped up the scoring eight minutes later with a header in traffic.
The shot count belonged to the Diplomats at 11-7, and corners at 5-1. Ugo Okolie, Sherbahn, Pellas, and Finn all notched a pair of shots on the evening.
Trevor Britton (15-1) stopped both shots he faced through 63 minutes to earn the win, before being relieved by Josh Gotlib. Peter Como suffered the loss for Gettysburg, allowing all six goals and turning back two shots.
The Diplomats are set to celebrate senior day on Saturday when F&M welcomes Dickinson to Tylus Field for a 6:00 p.m.start.