LANCASTER, Pa. - A hat trick from Ally Marino that included two goals in the final three and a half minutes lifted No. 4 Franklin & Marshall over No. 2 Mary Washington 6-4 in women's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening. The win improved the Diplomats to 3-1 while the Eagles were dealt their first loss at 4-1.
Mary Washington took an early 2-0 lead in the contest, scoring two minutes into the game and then again at the 22:27 mark. F&M looked to get on the board with two free-position shots in under a minute but was unable to find the back of the net. Marino finally broke through, burying a dish from Jane Cote halfway through the first. Maddie Hughes evened the score three minutes later, notching the unassisted goal to tie the game with just under 13 minutes left in the half. Cote continued the momentum with an unassisted goal less than 30 seconds later, but Mary Washington was able to tie the contest at 3-3 going into the break.
The Eagles were the first to strike in the second frame, scoring off a free-position goal to take back the lead, but Hughes tallied her second goal of the day at the 18:16 mark, firing from the hash to even the score at 4-4. Both teams battled over the next 15 minutes, with Maisie O'Shea finding a streaking Marino down the middle to deliver the go-ahead goal at the 3:29 mark. Marino sealed the victory with a goal off another Cote assist to give F&M its final 6-4 tally.
F&M's defense was unrelenting, causing 21 turnovers with Maggie Hanzsche leading the way with a career-high seven caused turnovers and five groundballs. Megan Jackson followed with four caused turnovers and four groundballs.
Marino, the reigning IWCLA National Player of the Week, paced the offense with three goals, followed by Hughes with two. Cote notched two assists and a score on the day.
Julia McKay (3-1) earned the win after turning away three shots while Hannah Ashby (4-1) took the loss after an eight-save effort.
F&M returns to action on Saturday, hosting No. 15 Cortland for a 12:00 p.m. matchup.