Diplomats Edge Bears
LANCASTER, Pa. – Tristan Miller tallied four goals to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 10-9 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats remain unbeaten in conference play at 2-0 with a 5-3 overall mark while the Bears drop to 5-2, 0-2 CC.
Tommy Wenk put F&M on the board just 3:24 into the game with an unassisted goal. Ryan Ridinger answered for the Bears at 9:50, starting a 3-0 Ursinus run that gave the Bears a 3-1 advantage heading into the second frame.
F&M countered with three goals of its own to lead 4-3 with 7:34 left to the break. Miller got his first at 11:09 in the second and hooked up with Billy Kempner almost three minutes later for his second tally of the game. A.J. Reichert netted one at 7:34 and the Bears got one through with just 12 seconds left to halftime to send the game into the break tied at 4-4.
Miller buried a pass from John Barney five minutes into the third quarter before the Bears tied the game up 1:34 later. Miller netted his fourth score at 5:12 off a pass from Kempner to give F&M the lead for good before Kempner and Sean Kenny connected to put F&M up two, 7-5, with 1:40 left in the third.
Ursinus came within a point at 12:03 in the fourth before Barney answered 30 seconds later. The Bears again came within a goal and F&M responded with two unanswered to go up 10-7 with 6:41 left to play. Jamie McCulloch notched the first score and Reichert picked up his second.
The Bears did not go away and scored twice in the last three minutes with the final goal coming with 1:07 left to play to make it 10-9. Ursinus won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over and the Diplomats were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Cameron Setian turned away 12 shots and improved to 5-2 while Brian Neff took the loss with 15 saves.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host No. 4 Washington at 1:00 p.m.