GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Danielle Harrington had a career-high 19 saves to lead No. 10 Franklin & Marshall to an 8-4 victory over No. 1 Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 8-3, 3-0 CC while the Bullets suffered their first loss and dropped to 8-1, 2-1 CC.
F&M struck early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first. Grace Norley buried a pass from Jane Cote at 28:05 to get the run started and Paige Moriarty found Megan Jackson at 19:54 to make it 2-0. Moriarty connected with Cote six minutes later to put F&M up 3-0, before the Bullets answered at 10:51 for a 3-1 score. Katie Groenke netted an unassisted goal with 6:48 left in the first and the Bullets countered at 3:30. Norley put the last point on the board in first off a free position shot to give F&M a 5-2 lead at the break.
The Bullets came within two, 5-3, early in the second, but F&M quickly answered with a two-goal spurt for a 7-3 edge. Cote assisted Ryann Laible for the first goal, before Caroline Kolva scored on a free position. The Bullets came within three with a little less than five to play and Laible put the last point on the board after burying a pass from Cote with just 52 ticks on the clock.
Harrington improved to 8-3, and in addition to her 19 saves, she finished with four ground balls. Anya Chopoorian caused two turnovers, had three draws and three ground balls while Maggie Hanzsche and Katharine Yenke both ended with four ground balls.
Ryann Labile and Grace Norley both finished with two goals while Caroline Kolva, Katie Groenke, Megan Jackson and Jane Cote all finished with a score. Cote added three helpers and Paige Moriarty ended with two assists.
Gettysburg held a 32-23 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in draws, while ground balls were tied a 19-19.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Bryn Mawr at 12:00 p.m.