DALLAS, Pa. - Kristen Zublin scored a pair of goals to lead the No. 5 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team to its 11th straight victory with a 4-0 triumph over Misericordia in non-conference action on Wednesday. The Diplomats (11-1) have now posted six straight shutout wins, while the Cougars (2-12) drop their 12th consecutive contest.
F&M's defense was once again the key factor in the win as the Diplomats blanked an opponent for the seventh time this year. The backline unit of Steph McDonald, Bethany Vincent, Megan Kelly and Mary Kate Olson limited Misericordia to eight shots on the day, including just one in the opening stanza.
Rachel Cooke put F&M on top 1-0 in the 11th minute off an assist from McDonald. Despite being outshot 12-1 in the first frame, the Cougars hung tough as they kept the Diplomats to a one-goal advantage heading into halftime.
F&M opened up the scoring following halftime, however, registering three scores in the second half for the final 4-0 margin of victory. Zublin delivered back-to-back scores in the 43rd and 57th minutes off assists by Cooke and Dana Venditti, respectively, while Chelsey Talhelm found the cage in the closing minutes to give F&M the four-goal lead.
F&M bombarded the Cougars with a 25-8 advantage in shots, and held a slight 13-12 edge in corner kicks.
Goalkeeper Avery Koep anchored the F&M defense with one save to earn her sixth shutout of the season and improve to 9-1. Koep has not allowed a goal in her last 368 minutes of play between the pipes.
Cougar goalkeeper Grace Riker notched 13 stops in the loss.
The fifth-ranked Diplomats return home on Saturday for a Centennial Conference matchup against Muhlenberg at 12:00 p.m.
#5 F&M (11-1) vs. Misericordia (2-12)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
F&M................. 1 3 - 4
Misericordia........ 0 0 - 0
1. 10:25 F&M Rachel Cooke (Steph McDonald)
2. 42:41 F&M Kristen Zublin (Rachel Cooke)
3. 56:04 F&M Kristen Zublin (Dana Venditti)
4. 67:50 F&M Chelsey Talhelm (unassisted)
Shots: F&M 25, Misericordia 8
Saves: F&M 1 (Avery Koep 1), Misericordia 13 (Grace Riker 13)