Diplomats Down Mules in CC Opener

Diplomats Down Mules in CC Opener

LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 4 Franklin & Marshall opened the game with an 8-0 run and never looked back, defeating Muhlenberg 17-6 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats improved to 6-0, 1-0 CC while the Mules dropped to 5-2, 0-1 CC.

F&M wasted little time getting on the board as Caroline Krohn fed Grace Saliba 53 seconds into the game before Anastasia Mergner and Emily Everdell scored unassisted to put F&M up 3-0 just 1:38 into the contest. Everdell buried a pass from Caroline Doran to make it 4-0 and Grace Saliba found Brittney Jorgenson at 21:59 to put F&M up 5-0.

Gabby Frank made it 6-0 with a goal off a pass from Krohn before Everdell and Natalie Delinsky finished the run with goals two minutes apart to make it 8-0 with 17:40 left in the half. Stephanie Umbach netted three straight for the Mules to make it 9-3, but Frank ended the run with a goal at 11:06. Muhlenberg made it 8-3 before Krohn took over and scored four goals in a row for the Diplomats. Two scores came in the final four minutes of the half to give F&M an 11-4 lead at the break.

Krohn continued her run with two straight in the opening seven minutes of the second half to make it 13-4 at 23:39. Stephanie Speese assisted on the first goal and Krohn scored on a free position for the second goal. Mary Mitchell hooked up with Casey Madden at 17:50 to give F&M a 14-4 lead at 17:50 before the teams exchanged goals the remainder of the game.

Umbach put one through for the Mules at 14:39 and Kimberly Abruzzo made it 15-5 with an unassisted tally at 13:49. Kayleigh Thies scored the last goal for Muhlenberg at 9:17 before Madden and Claire Jackson netted the final two scores for the Diplomats.

Mergner and Megan Kelly both collected five draws while Sam Blicht, Sarah Bozzo and Doran all forced two turnovers.

Kelsey Hoffman improved to 4-0 with seven saves and Kiersten Mulvey took the loss with 12 stops and fell to 5-2 on the season.

F&M returns to action tomorrow when the Diplomats travel to No. 1 Salisbury for a 1:00 p.m. contest.