LANCASTER, Pa. – Darby Klopp scored twice to lead the No. 5 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team in a 3-0 blanking of Gettysburg on Wednesday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) competition.
The Diplomats won their ninth straight game in the series, improving to 12-1, 6-0 CC on the season while the Bullets fell to 9-6, 4-3 CC.
Each offense traded scoring chances in the opening minutes of the first quarter, starting with an Erin Coverdale shot on goal from down low in the circle that was turned back by the Gettysburg goalkeeper.
A penalty corner opportunity two minutes into the second quarter allowed F&M to finally get in the board for the 1-0 edge. Coverdale took the insert at the top of the circle and rocketed a shot on net that got past the Gettysburg goalkeeper but was initially stopped on the line by a Bullet defender.
However, Darby Klopp was there to clean up the opportunity with a rebound score – her seventh of the season. The Diplomats went into the halftime break with a 5-3 lead in shots, including a 4-0 margin in the second quarter. Penalty corners were dominated by F&M at 5-1.
In the second half, Klopp and the Diplomats added on as the first-year defender tallied her second of the game by cleaning up another opportunity underneath in the 32nd. Coverdale was credited with the assist after rocketing in a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected underneath by Klopp for the 2-0 advantage.
Goalkeeper Christina Seery came up with back-to-back clutch stops off of Gettysburg corner chances early in the fourth quarter, stepping in front of a pair of shots to keep the shutout alive.
Seery (12-1) registered four saves for her seventh shutout of the year. Jillian Caputo was charged with the Gettysburg loss despite an eight-save performance.
F&M led the overall shot count at 17-5, as well as corners at 15-5. Coverdale paced the offense with seven shots.
The Diplomats aim to keep rolling in CC competition this Saturday, heading to Washington for a 1:00 p.m. contest.