LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 9 field hockey team dropped a back-and-forth 3-2 tilt against Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field.
The non-conference loss moved the Diplomats' record to 2-1 while the Eagles, who received votes in the latest top-20 national poll, improved to 3-1.
A little more than three minutes into the opening frame, Mary Washington's offense was rewarded for its constant pressure with the first marker of the game, an unassisted score from Lexie Dixson. F&M's defense stepped up and held the Eagles' to just four more shots in the half as the Diplomats maintained the one-goal deficit heading into the break.
The 1-1 draw held until the 52nd minute when Mary Washington answered with a deflection underneath to pull ahead by one. An Eagle foul in F&M's offensive zone led to a Horsley penalty stroke just four minutes later. The senior midfielder made good on her favorable chance to once again tie the game for the Diplomats.
In the 63rd minute, Mary Washington went ahead for good, capitalizing off a pair of deflections underneath that resulted in Dixson's second tally of the afternoon. F&M pulled its goalie late to try and add firepower to its offense. A late 69th-minute penalty corner provided the Diplomats their best scoring chance, but F&M was unable to convert.
Horsley tallied a pair of goals on three shots. Nicole Bodo and Sarah Schannauer were also credited with three shots as the Diplomats combined for 14, compared to 11 from the Eagles. The Diplomats' dominated penalty corners by a 12-6 margin, including an 11-2 advantage in the second half.
Ilianna Santangelo (2-1) suffered the loss in cage after registering four saves, while Mary Washington's Jessica Cavolt (3-1) earned the win with six stops in 70 minutes of action.
F&M looks to get back on track this Wednesday, hosting Eastern at 5:00 p.m.