CARLISLE, Pa. – No. 8 Franklin & Marshall field hockey rode a pair of early goals to a 3-1 win over Dickinson on Saturday in its final regular season game. The win moved the Diplomats to 13-3, 9-1 CC while the Red Devils fell to 11-6, 6-4.
Mel Gula got in on the action just 90 seconds later, scoring the eventual game-winner and extending the F&M advantage to 2-0. This time Annie Horsley was the provider, notching her team-high sixth assist of the season as Gula recorded her second score of the year.
Offensive pressure from Dickinson tested the Diplomat defense in the remaining minutes of the half, but the Red Devils were unable to get on the scoreboard. The hosts held leads of 8-5 in shots and 6-3 in penalty corners, but five saves from F&M goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo kept the score 2-0 at the halftime break.
The Diplomats continued to roll in the second half, firing off three shots to Dickinson's zero before Nicole Bodo increased the lead to 3-0 in the 51st minute. Bodo tallied her fourth goal of the season on an assist from Sarah Schannauer to give F&M a three-goal lead with less than 20 minutes to play.
Catherine Perlmutter pulled a goal back for the Red Devils in the 57th minute, but it proved to be too little too late as the Diplomats emerged with a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Horsley and Nagle fired off two shots apiece to lead the F&M offense. Despite a deficit after the first half, a dominant second-half performance gave the Diplomats a 10-9 edge in shots at the final whistle.
Santangelo finished with five saves to improve her record to 13-3 on the season.
Ursinus' 2-0 victory over Muhlenberg on Saturday means that the Bears will host next weekend's Centennial Conference Tournament. Despite a 9-1 conference record during the regular season, F&M enters the weekend as the No. 3 seed, and will face No. 2 Muhlenberg on Saturday in a rematch of Oct. 15's dramatic 1-0 victory for the Mules in Lancaster.
Stayed tuned to GoDiplomats.com as more information regarding the tournament as it is made available.