READING, Pa.- No. 7 Franklin & Marshall shutout host Alvernia 2-0 in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday night. The Diplomats improve to 2-0 on the year and 7-0 all-time against the Crusaders, while the Crusaders fall to 1-1.
F&M maintained possession deep in Alvernia territory right from the get-go as it bombarded the Crusaders with six shots in the opening 20 minutes of play. Alvernia goalkeeper Erin Wunsch stood strong in the early-going however, keeping the score at 0-0 as time ticked under 10 minutes to play in the opening half.
In the 26th minute, F&M was able to break through as Maria Guarisco delivered a pass across the goal-mouth that found Lauren Eastman on the far post, and Eastman buried it into the back of the cage to put the Diplomats on top 1-0.
The Diplomats continued to apply pressure to the Crusader defense at the outset of the second frame, and struck paydirt once again in the 51st minute as Meghan Barlow notched her first score of the year, unassisted, for the final 2-0 margin of victory.
F&M held a decisive advantage in shots (20-4) over the Crusaders, while also holding the edge in penalty corners (7-3).
Goalkeeper Avery Koep (2-0) posted her 18th career shutout in the win, turning away one Alvernia shot throughout the contest. Wunsch (1-1) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, totaling 13 saves.
F&M returns home on Saturday to take on No. 17 Eastern in showdown of nationally-ranked squads at 12:00 p.m.