LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 3 Franklin & Marshall punched its ticket to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Semifinals with a 16-9 win over No. 17 Fredonia in the regional final of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship on Sunday. F&M (20-2) will be playing in its seventh semifinal and first since 2010.
You can watch video highlights from the game by clicking here.
F&M will face No. 1 Trinity, a 10-5 winner over TCNJ, in next weekend's semifinal game at 4:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the national championship game on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The games will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
The Diplomats started the contest out strong and took a 5-0 lead 11 minutes into action. Megan Kelly got things started with a tally at 25:47, before Grace Saliba found Paige Moriarty three minutes later. Saliba struck a minute later to make it 3-0, Moriarty found Jorgenson at 19:22 and Anastasia Mergner put the Diplomats up 5-0 with a score at 19:00. Katie Glagolev put the Blue Devils on the board at 17:02 and F&M countered with three straight to take an 8-1 lead into the break. Saliba and Jorgenson connected on the first goal, while Kelly made it 7-1 on a free position goal and Gabby Frank buried a pass from Kimberly Abruzzo with 16 ticks on the clock to end the run.
Fredonia started out the second half with a 3-0 run and came within four, 8-4, but the Diplomats answered with five straight to put the game out of reach. Emily D'Erasmo started the run at 23:34 before Moriarty found Frank 26 seconds later to make it 10-4. Casey Madden, Jorgenson and Kimberly Abruzzo finished off the run with three goals in a three minute span.
The Blue Devils scored at 16:34 and Abruzzo found Jorgensen with 10:23 left to put F&M up 14-5. Fredonia answered and scored three straight before D'Erasmo struck at 3:07 and Natalie Delinsky put the last point on the board for the Diplomats on a free position shot at 2:11.
Jorgenson finished with a game-high four goals, while Frank along with Kelly and D'Erasmo picked up a pair. Saliba, Moriarty, Abruzzo, Mergner, Delinsky and Madden all scored once while Abruzzo, Moriarty and Saliba finished with one helper apiece.
Danielle Harrington improved to 11-1 with three stops and Nicole Burrow took the loss with 13 stops.
F&M outshot Fredonia 33-14, held a 16-11 edge in ground balls and dominated the draw with 21.