LANCASTER, Pa. – Maggie Mae Shields tallied four goals to lead No. 13 Franklin & Marshall to a 13-6 victory over No. 9 York in the Diplomats season opener Tuesday afternoon at Tylus Field.
F&M (1-0) scored in pairs in the first half and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead six minutes into the contest. Kara Stanley found Mary Mitchell for the first score and Caroline Krohn struck for the second goal four minutes later at 24:05.
York (1-1) answered with two of their own and tied the game at 2-2, before the Diplomats put another pair on the board to go up for good, 4-2, at 14:14. Krohn's free-position tally made it 3-2 and Kimberly Abruzzo connected with Mitchell for the second score.
Sarah Castle put the Spartans within a goal, 4-3, but F&M struck with two more when Shields and Ali Kelly scored almost four minutes apart to send the game into the break with the Diplomats leading 6-3.
Shields picked up her third score almost six minutes into the half before Mitchell found Emily Everdell at 21:15 to put F&M ahead 8-3. The Spartans made it 8-4, but F&M rallied off five unanswered over a 14-minute span to blow the game wide open and lead 13-4 with 6:17 left to play.
Ali Kelly started of the run with a free positions score and found Shields for the next score in the run. Shields netted back-to-back scores while Mitchell and Kelly finished off the spurt with free position goals.
Kelsey Hoffman turned away six shots and improved to 1-0 in the net while Kelsey Evans took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season.
F&M returns to action on the Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Washington & Lee for a 1:00 p.m. contest.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
York (Pa.).......... 3 3 - 6
Franklin & Marshall. 6 7 - 13
York (Pa.) SCORING: GOALS: Kim Wayson 2; Sarah Castle 2; Leah Schultz 1; Melissa Ritchey 1. ASSISTS: Kerri Nicolich 1; Leah Schultz 1.
Franklin & Marshall SCORING: GOALS: Maggie Mae Shields 4; Mary Mitchell 3; Ali Kelly 3; Caroline Krohn 2; Emily Everdell 1. ASSISTS: Kimberly Abruzzo 1; Ali Kelly 1; Mary Mitchell 1; Kara Stanley 1.
SHOTS - York (Pa.) 21; Franklin & Marshall 19.
SHOTS ON GOAL - York (Pa.) 12; Franklin & Marshall 16.
GOALIES - YCP: Kelsey Evans 1-1 (21:13 minutes, 5 shots-0 saves, 5 GA), Ashley Smith (38:47, 11-3, 8); F&M: Kelsey Hoffman 1-0 (60:00, 12-6, 6).