LANCASTER, Pa. – Four players finished with hat tricks as Franklin & Marshall defeated No. 4 Washington 16-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. Jamie McCulloch had a career-high four goals to pace the Diplomats with John Barney, Billy Kempner and Tristan Miller each finishing with three goals. F&M improved to 6-3, 3-0 CC while Shoremen suffered their first loss and fell to 8-1, 2-1 CC.
F&M never trailed and jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Miller buried a feed from Evan Bakst almost five minutes into the game. Bennett Cord tied the game with a goal for Washington a minute later before F&M went on a 3-0 run to take the lead for good at 13:16 in the second quarter. McCulloch scored back-to-back goals off feeds from Kempner and Bakst to start the run and Barney finished off a Tim Gaines pass to make it 4-1.
The Shoremen made it 4-2 at 12:38 in the second and F&M answered with four straight to go up 8-2 with 1:16 remaining until halftime. Kempner started the spurt at 11:22 and Michael Bossidy struck 1:22 later for a 6-2 score. McCulloch collected his third score of the game at 8:32 before Kempner finished the run with score at 1:16 off a feed from A.J. Reichert.
Washington answered with two scores in the final 19 seconds of the second for an 8-4 halftime score and continued the scoring one minute in the third frame to make it 8-5. Reichert scored unassisted at 10:57 to temporarily stop the bleeding, but the Shoremen did not go away and tallied three unanswered goals to come within a point, 9-8, with 8:54 left in the third.
It was all F&M after that as the Diplomats outscored Washington 7-1 over the final 21 minutes of action starting with a 5-0 run that went six minutes in the fourth period. Barney kicked things off at 6:33 with McCulloch picking up his fourth at 5:42 and Sean Kenny put the last point on the board in the third quarter off a pass from Barney.
Miller netted a pass from Ben Ross three minutes into the fourth and later found Kempner at 8:23 to make it 14-8 with 8:23 left to play. The Shoremen managed a score at 6:51 and F&M finished strong with goals by Barney and Miller in the final five minutes of action.
Cameron Setian turned away 10 shots and improved to 6-3 and Ted DiSalvo took the loss with three stops.
F&M went 21-for-24 on clear attempts and finished with 33 groundballs to Washington's 28 while the Shoremen held a slight 37-35 advantage on shots.
F&M continues conference play next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to McDaniel for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.