LANCASTER, Pa. – Goals from Melanie Consiglio and Emily Nagle powered No. 6 Franklin & Marshall to a 2-0 victory over Washington College on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action. The Diplomats celebrated its seven-member senior class before the game, and improved to 11-3, 7-1 CC with the victory.
Senior Melanie Consiglio got the eventual gamewinner on Senior Day, tallying her 10th goal of the season in the 27th minute to give F&M a 1-0 lead. The play started with Annie Horsley, who sent a long cross in from the right side, finding the stick of Erin Coverdale who one-timed a pass to Consiglio for the close-range finish.
The goal came after a period of pressure by the Diplomat offense. The best chance came as Coverdale latched onto a through pass, directing an effort on the cage that Washington goalkeeper Morgan Domanico snuffed out and cleared. The Shorewomen did force one dangerous moment in the final minute of the half, but Sarah Schannauer's control and clearance of a lofted pass sent the game into halftime at 1-0.
The F&M advantage was justified by the halftime stats, with the Diplomats owning leads of 3-1 in penalty corners and 4-0 in shots.
F&M continued to control the action in the second half, tallying four shots in the opening minutes. Washington recorded its first shot of the match in the 54th minute, but it was the Diplomats that next lit the scoreboard in the 60th. Colleen Francis sent a long cross in from near the midline stripe on the right side, finding Emily Nagle just five yards out for the touch past the goalie. The goal was the fifth of the season and gave F&M a 2-0 edge.
The Shorewomen proved unable to mount a serious threat in the remaining minutes, giving the Diplomats the 2-0 victory.
Coverdale led the offense with three shots on the day, while Nagle added two. Ilianna Santangelo (11-3) earned the win for F&M, backing up a Diplomat defense that allowed just one shot.
The win was the 63rd for the F&M field hockey class of 2017, which now has a career record of 36-2 in the CC and a 32-6 mark at Tylus Field.
The Diplomats return to the field at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, visiting Gettysburg for another conference battle.