LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a hard-fought game, 9-8, to Frostburg in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 0-2 on the season while the Bobcats improved to 1-1.
F&M took the early edge when Sean Rogers found Mike Rama at 13:14 for a 1-0 lead. Frostburg countered with three straight to close out the first quarter and took a 3-1 lead into the second. Rogers connected with Shane McBride just 49 seconds into the second to bring F&M within a goal, 3-2, but the Bobcats answered again with two straight and went into the break with a 5-2 advantage.
The Diplomats came out strong in the second and netted two early goals to make it a one-goal game, 5-4, at 11:37. George Briggs found McBride for the first tally and Rama fed Jarrett Donaghy for the second score at 11:37. Tornadoes in the area forced a delay of more than two-and-half hours.
After the delay, Frostburg netted two straight to finish the third and took a 7-4 lead into the final frame.
The Diplomats started the fourth out strong and scored three goals to tie the game at 7-7 with nine minutes left to play. George Briggs hooked up with Kevin Mollihan to start the run and Briggs struck unassisted 22 seconds later to bring F&M within a goal, 7-6, at 12:41. Ellis Llewellyn found Rama at 9:00 to tie the game. The Bobcats countered with two goals and took a 9-7 lead at 1:34.
Mollihan fed Briggs with 42 ticks on the clock to bring F&M within a point, 9-8, and the Diplomats took the final possession, but were unable to find the net as time expired.
Scott Hatch took the loss and dropped to 0-2 with three stops while Jack Mark improved to 1-1 for the Bobcats with 10 saves.
F&M outshot Frostburg 45-19, held a 24-17 edge in ground balls and went 11-for-12 on clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M hosts Susquehanna at 4:00 p.m.