No. 2 Diplomats Shutout Hopkins

No. 2 Diplomats Shutout Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Md. - Katie Cecere tallied a pair of first half scores to lift No. 2 Franklin & Marshall to a 3-0 victory over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The Diplomats remain perfect at 9-0, 4-0 CC with the win, while the Blue Jays fall to 5-4, 3-1 CC.

Cecere gave F&M a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute of play. The senior forward stripped a Hopkins defender of the ball at the top of the circle, dribbled towards goal, and buried the shot for her sixth score of the year.

Five minutes later, Cecere again delivered an unassisted tally as she collected a loose ball in the circle, dribbled in, and rifled a strike into the cage for the 2-0 Diplomat edge.

Maria Guarisco put the finishing touches on the win for F&M in the 69th minute, finishing a back-handed shot from the top of the circle for the final 3-0 margin of victory.

Goalkeeper Avery Koep (8-0) remained unbeaten on the year with four saves in the contest, while JHU's Zoey Atabek (5-4) turned back 14 shots in the defeat.

F&M held a commanding 27-10 edge in shots and a 13-6 advantage in penalty corners.

The win was F&M's third straight over Hopkins, and its fifth shutout of the season.

The Diplomats return home on Saturday to take on CC foe Haverford at 12:00 p.m.