CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- No. 4 Franklin & Marshall jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 13-6 win over No. 24 Washington in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 12-3, 7-0 CC, while Washington fell to 11-4, 6-1 CC.
Four goals in the first nine minutes put the Diplomats out front 4-0 with 21:25 on the clock. After Shorewomen goal at 18:55, F&M netted a pair for a 6-1 lead with a little less than eight minutes to play. Washington put one more on the board at 5:06, but F&M answered with two straight to take an 8-2 lead into the break.
The teams traded points during the first 13 minutes of the second with F&M holding onto a 10-5 lead. The Diplomats went on a 3-0 spurt over the next seven minutes for a 13-5 advantage, and Washington managed one more point in the final two minutes of action for the 13-6 final.
Ally Marino paced the offense with three goals and one assist, Maddie Hughes ended with three goals and Grace Norley along with Caroline Kolva both finished with two. Jane Cote and Juliann Lisovicz each struck once, while Tabitha Rodriquez ended with a goal and a helper.
F&M outshot Washington 35-26, but the Shorewomen led in both draws (14-7) and ground balls (22-20).
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M travels to Dickinson for a 4:00 p.m. game. A win over the Red Devils will secure the top seed in next week's CC Playoffs.