LEXINGTON, Va. – No. 7 Franklin & Marshall netted the last two goals of the game to come within one, but ran out of time, in a 10-9 setback to No. 13 Washington & Lee in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Generals improved to 2-1, while F&M fell to 0-1.
The Diplomats took an early 2-0 lead with goals by Caroline Kolva and Ally Marino, but the Generals netted three straight for a 3-2 edge midway through the first. F&M countered with a three-goal spurt of their own and took a 5-3 lead into the break. Tabitha Rodriquez started the run after she buried a pass from Caroline Kolva, Megan Jackson found Kolva for the second and Jane Cote finished off the run with an unassisted tally.
F&M went up 6-4 just 41 seconds into the second when Cote found Kolva at 29:19. After a W&L score, Rodriquez struck unassisted at 26:54, and the Generals answered with a 6-0 run over the next eight minutes to go out front 10-7, with 17:57 left to play. Rodriguez netted the last two goals of the game to make it 10-9 with 2:37 remaining and F&M had two opportunities down the stretch but could not find the net.
Anya Chopoorian caused four turnovers with two ground balls, Rodriquez had three caused turnovers and Jackson came away with four draws.
Julia McKay turned away six shots in net and fell to 0-1, and Elliot Gilbert had just two saves in the win and went to 2-1 this season.
W&L owned shots at 23-15, held a 13-8 in draws, and led 20-14 in ground balls.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday when F&M hosts No. 6 York at 5:00 p.m.