HAVERFORD, Pa. – Two goals in 85 seconds provided all of the offense No. 5 Franklin & Marshall would need to overcome Haverford 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The Diplomats improved to 9-2, 6-0 CC with the victory while the Fords fell to 5-7, 1-4.
Erin Coverdale broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 46th minute, giving F&M a lead it would not relinquish. The freshman collected a rebound from a shot by Melanie Consiglio and converted from close range for her fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Consiglio got on the scoresheet herself just 85 seconds later, punching home a feed from Mel Gula at the far post to double the Diplomat advantage. The goal was Consiglio's eighth of the season, and gave F&M all of the room it would need with a 2-0 lead.
While the opening half did not yield any goals, it was not without excitement. In the seventh minute, Coverdale released a shot destined for the back of the cage, only to be stopped by a defensive save from the Fords' Natalie Leslie. The Diplomats fired 10 shots in the frame, including three in a row from Consiglio as she battled in front of the net and forced a double save from Haverford goalkeeper Danielle Rette in the 10th minute.
The pressure continued throughout the opening frame, as F&M put together a 6-2 lead in penalty corners as well as a 10-3 edge in shots in the opening period.
The late minutes of the second half saw the Fords earn four corners and take four shots, but the Diplomat dominance was nonetheless evidenced by a 19-7 lead in shots and an 11-7 advantage in corners at the final whistle.
Consiglio led the offense with seven shots, while Coverdale notched five and Gula added four. Of the 19 F&M shots, 14 of them were on target as the Diplomats forced Rette to make 13 saves on the day.
Ilianna Santangelo (9-2) recorded four saves in her fifth consecutive shutout. F&M has now gone 350 minutes since last conceding on Sept. 21.
The Diplomats take some time off from CC action on Tuesday, traveling to Eastern for a 4:00 p.m. meeting with the Eagles.