LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall picked up a hard-fought 9-6 win over No. 1 Gettysburg in women's lacrosse action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 8-3, 3-0 CC with the victory, while the Bullets dropped to 9-1, 2-1 CC.
The first half was tightly contested as neither team took more than a two-goal advantage. Megan Jackson put F&M on the board two minutes into the game and Bullets answered with two-straight for a 2-1 lead at 21:12. F&M did all the scoring the rest of the first half with three unanswered for a 4-2 lead at the break. Grace Norley, Jackson and Ally Marino all had unassisted scores in the run.
Another close battle ensued in the second. The Bullets opened the second with two goals and tied the game at 4-4. Tabitha Rodriquez put F&M back on top at 27:04 and Gettysburg answered six minutes later, before Jane Cote found Rodriquez at 14:30 to make it 6-5. The Bullets again tied the game at 6-6 with 13:02 left, and it was all F&M over that.
Marissa McGarrey's free position goal at 6:58 stood as the game-winner and Rodriquez made it a two-score game at 4:38. The Bullets had a chance late, but Emily Kitchin stepped up with a big save and Ally Marino snuck the ball past the goalie with 35 ticks on the clock for the final goal.
F&M owned shots at 31-20, and went 20-for-23 in clear attempts, but the Bullets led in both draws (10-7) and ground balls (18-17).
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Bryn Mawr for a 12:00 p.m. game.