LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall downed No. 13 Gettysburg 11-9 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon. F&M improved to 6-2, 2-0 CC while the Bullets dropped to 5-4, 1-1 CC. The F&M victory snapped Gettysburg's 22-game CC win streak.
It was all F&M in the second as the Diplomats tallied three unanswered while their defense kept the Bullets off the board. Briggs connected with Tucker McBride for the go-ahead goal at 9:06 and recorded his third assist at 6:30 when he found Rama. Harry Rice fed Kevin Mollihan for the final score of the quarter to put the Diplomats up 6-3 heading into the break.
The Bullets start out the third with two straight to come within a point, 6-5, but Shane McBride found Briggs at 6:15 to give F&M a 7-5 edge. Gettysburg answered with another pair and tied the game at 7-7, before the Diplomats netted three straight to take the lead for good. Rice started the run with a score at 3:44 followed by a Kevin Mollihan goal at 3:04 to make it 9-7 at the end of the third.
Shane McBride connected with Mollihan to open the scoring in the fourth. Gettysburg answered with a score 25 seconds later, before Rogers buried a pass from Tucker McBride to put the game out of reach with 1:38 left to play. The Bullets snuck one through with 1:09 left, but the Diplomats were able to run out the clock on their next possession.
Mollihan finished with three goals while Rogers netted two with two helpers. Briggs had a goal with three assists and Rice, along with T. McBride, both finished with a score and an assist. Rama had two goals, S. McBride handed out two assists, and Garcia finished with a goal.
Scott Hatch stepped up throughout the game making pivotal saves in key moments. He ended the day with 12 stops and improved to 6-2.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Haverford at 3:00 p.m.