Diplomats Drop Heartbreaker to Lynchburg in Season Opener

Diplomats Drop Heartbreaker to Lynchburg in Season Opener

LANCASTER, Pa. – Lynchburg tallied four unanswered goals in the fourth to edge Franklin & Marshall 11-10 in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon in F&M's season opener. The Hornets improved to 1-1 while the Diplomats fell to 0-1. 

The Diplomats took an early 2-0 lead with two goals from Sean Rogers in the first six minutes of action. Lynchburg answered with two straight and tied the game at 2-2, but the Diplomats countered with a 3-0 spurt and took a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter. Teddy Bossidy found Kevin Mollihan for the first tally, followed by Rogers' third goal in the first, to make it 4-2. Ellis Llewellyn struck unassisted at 13:35 in the second to make it 5-2. 

Lynchburg struck at 5:48 in the second to come within two, 5-3, before Rogers fed Rama at 2:24 to put F&M up 6-3. The Hornets answered on their next possession with a tally to make it a 6-4 game at the break. 

The Hornets struck early in the third to come within a goal, 6-5, but F&M countered with two straight and took an 8-5 lead at 3:58. Mollihan assisted Shane McBride on the first score and Rama found twine on the second goal for F&M. Back-to-back goals by the Hornets brought Lynchburg within one, 8-7, with 2:01 left in the third. F&M went back up two when Read Ziegler found Mollihan with 31 ticks on the clock. 

F&M took a three-goal lead in the fourth when Rama hooked up with Bossidy at 10:18. Lynchburg answered with its game-deciding four-goal run to end the game. The Diplomats did have one final opportunity with under 30 seconds on the clock, but were called with an offside, sealing the victory for the Hornets. 

Rogers finished with three goals and one helper, Rama and Mollihan both had two scores and an assist while Llewellyn, Bossidy, McBride all had a goal. Zeigler and Dougherty each handed out an assist as well. 

Llewellyn and Zenobio both caused two turnovers while Zenobio finished with a team-high four ground balls. 

Scott Hatch took the loss with seven saves and fell to 0-1 while C.J. Santora picked up the win with 12 stops. 

The Diplomats return to action next Saturday when F&M hosts Frostburg State at 1:00 p.m.