WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 2 Franklin & Marshall dropped a 10-9 overtime defeat to No. 14 Catholic in women's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 5-2, while the Cardinal improved to 4-2.
The Diplomats trailed 9-7 with 7:22 left to play, before F&M netted back-to-back scores 30 seconds apart to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime. Megan Jackson finished off a pass from Tabitha Rodriquez for the first and Ally Mario struck on a free position for the equalizer.
Catholic won the draw in overtime and quickly turned the ball over. The Diplomats cleared, but had a turnover of their own and the Cardinals made the best of the opportunity with the game-winner 20 seconds later.
F&M took an early lead two minutes into the game, before the Cardinals scored twice for a 2-1 edge at 25:47. The Diplomats answered with three straight and took a 4-2 edge at 16:37. After Catholic came within a goal, 4-3, Maddie Hughes found Jackson at 12:32 for the final score of the half to make it 5-3 at the break.
Hughes and Jackson connected again early in the second for a 6-3 F&M lead, but Catholic countered with a pair of goals to come within one, 6-5, at 22:02. F&M went ahead two, 7-5, midway through the second and Catholic again answered, this time with a four-goal spurt and took a 9-7 lead which set up F&M's final two tallies of regulation.
Megan Jackson paced the offense with four scores, Ally Marino had two, while Marissa McGarrey and Caroline Kolva had one each. Maddie Hughes ended with a goal and two assists, Tabitha Rodriquez had one helper and Jane Cote ended with two assists.
Julia McKay had 11 saves, but was saddled with the loss and fell to 5-2.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats open Centennial action at Swarthmore for a 12:00 p.m. game.