LEXINGTON, Va. – Franklin & Marshall downed Washington & Lee 16-14 in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 2-2 and the Generals fell to 2-3.
Twelve goals were scored in the opening frame to set the tone for the game. W&L took an early 3-0 lead, before the Diplomats countered with two straight to make it 3-2 with 8:26 left to play. Anthony Dougherty found Kevin Mollihan for the first score and Nick Crennan assisted Sean Rogers for the second score. The Generals went up 4-2, but F&M countered when Mollihan netted three straight to put the Diplomats up 5-4. W&L answered and closed out the first with three goals to take a 7-5 lead into the second.
Rogers and Mollihan netted two to start the second and tied the game at 7-7, but the Generals netted a pair of their own and took a 9-7 edge into the break.
The Diplomats started out the third with a 3-0 spurt and took a 10-9 lead at 7:31 in the third. Mike Rama found Tucker McBride to kick off the run, Mollihan made it 9-9 and Rogers fed Rama for the final tally. W&L tied the game at 10-10, but the Diplomats answered with goals from George Briggs and Ronan Garcia and took a 12-10 edge into the final frame.
W&L came within a goal with an early point in the fourth, but F&M scored three to take the lead for good. McBride started the run at 11:47 before Mollihan found Rogers at 11:00 and Briggs connected with Rama at 9:58 to put F&M up 15-11. W&L responded with a 3-0 run of their own to come within a point, 15-14, at 4:19, but Rogers hooked up with Rama with 55 seconds left to secure the win.
Mollihan scored six goals and handed out an assist to pace F&M, Rogers had three goals and two assists and Rama had three scores and a helper. McBride struck twice and Briggs ended with a score and an assist. Jarrett Donaghy and Crennan both had an assist for F&M.
Dougherty paced the defense with five ground balls and two caused turnovers and picked up an assist. Ellis Llewellyn ended the game with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Shots were even at 36-36, W&L held a 40-29 edge in ground balls and the Diplomats went 18-for-22 in clear attempts.
The Diplomats return to action next Sunday when F&M faces Kenyon at the St. Paul's School in Baltimore.