F&M Dominates Muhlenberg in CC Opener

F&M Dominates Muhlenberg in CC Opener

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Brittney Jorgenson scored five goals to lead No. 1 Franklin & Marshall to a 19-9 win over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats remain undefeated this season and improved to 7-0, 1-0 CC while the Mules dropped to 4-3, 0-1 CC.

F&M wasted little time as the Diplomats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead 3:45 into action. Emily Everdell put F&M on the board two minutes into the game off a feed from Gabby Frank before Jorgenson scored back-to-back goals for the Diplomats. Frank buried a pass from Emily D'Erasmo at 17:55 to make it 4-0 and the Mules managed a score at 14:07.

The Diplomats answered with four straight and went up 8-1 with a little over seven minutes left in the first half. Frank started the run at 11:34 before Jorgenson and Yen Baker scored goals 47 seconds apart and Taylor Freud struck at 7:28 for the fourth goal in the run. Muhlenberg answered with a 3-0 run to come within four, 8-4, but Jorgenson finished off a pass from Paige Moriarty to give F&M a 9-4 lead at the break.

F&M started the second half with three unanswered goals to go up 12-4 just three minutes into the final frame. Grace Saliba made 10-4 to start the run before Frank and Everdell each scored under a minute apart. Muhlenberg picked up three goals of their own and came within five, 12-7, but the Diplomats countered with six straight to put the game out of reach.

Everdell's goal at 18:05 kicked off the run and Anastasia Mergner made it 14-7 with 16 minutes left to play. Jorgenson picked up her fifth with an assist from Frank while Kimberly Abruzzo tallied unassisted at 12:31 and Hannah Serling buried a pass from Natalie Delinsky. Claire Jackson finished off the run on a free position goal at 6:29 and the teams traded goals through the final five minutes of action. Ryann Laible picked up F&M goal a 2:33 to make it 19-8 before the Mules scored on a free position with 33 seconds left.

Jorgenson scored on all five shots she took while Frank and Everdell finished with a hat trick. Serling, Abruzzo, Freud, Laible, Jackson, Mergner, Saliba and Baker all finished with a score. Moriarty and Frank both dished out three assists, Saliba finished with two while Delinsky, Emily D'Erasmo and Megan Kelly all had one helper.

Vanessa Budd came away with four draws while Caroline Doran, Sarah Bozzo and Saliba all finished with two ground balls.

Danielle Harrington picked up the win and improved to 3-0 with eight saves and two ground balls and Kiersten Mulvey took the loss with three stops and dropped to 3-3.

F&M outshot Muhlenberg 33-25 and came away with 20 of the games 30 draws.

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M hosts No. 14 Salisbury at 7:00 p.m.