HAVERFORD, Pa. - No. 8 Franklin & Marshall tallied a goal in each half to turn back No. 11 Haverford 2-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats (10-1, 6-0 CC) have now won ten straight and have taken a stranglehold over the CC standings, while the Fords fall to 8-3, 3-2 CC.
F&M's forward tandem of Dana Venditti and Kristen Zublin each notched scores in the victory. Venditti registered her sixth goal of the season in the 30th minute off a dish from Maria Guarisco, while Zublin finished her team-leading 10th tally of the year in the 65th minute on an assist from Megan Kelly for the 2-0 final.
Haverford posted a 17-11 edge in penalty corners, but the stout F&M defense once again limited its opponents' looks at goal as the Diplomats managed to outshoot the host Fords, 15-11.
Goalkeeper Avery Koep (8-1) totaled three saves to earn the shutout win in the cage for the Diplomats, her fifth blanking of the year. Haverford's Sydney Hyder notched five stops in the defeat.
F&M returns to action on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup at Misericordia at 5:30 p.m.
#8 F&M (10-1, 6-0 CC) vs. #11 Haverford College (8-3, 3-2 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
F&M................. 1 1 - 2
Haverford College... 0 0 - 0
1. 29:57 F&M Dana Venditti (6) (Maria Guarisco)
2. 64:45 F&M Kristen Zublin (10) (Megan Kelly)
Shots: F&M 15, Haverford College 11
Saves: F&M 3 (Avery Koep 3), Haverford College 5 (Sydney Hyder 5)