GRANTHAM, Pa. – Emily Everdell's goal with three minutes remaining in the game proved to be the difference as No. 8 Franklin & Marshall defeated No. 15 Messiah 8-7 in women's lacrosse action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved in to 4-1 while the Falcons dropped to 2-4.
F&M led 7-3 six minutes into the second half and looked to be in control before Messiah rattled off four straight goals in seven minutes to tie the game at 7-7 at 17:09 left play. The ensuing 14 minutes proved to be a defensive battle before Everdell was fouled, sending the sophomore to the arc. Everdell made the best of the situation and buried the free position shot for the game-winner.
Messiah had an opportunity to score after the draw, but Kelsey Hoffman came up big with a save and the Diplomats were able to run out the clock and secure the victory.
Maggie Mae Shields put F&M on the board first with a goal at 28:13 and the Falcons tied the game eight minutes later. Kara Stanley found Brittney Jorgenson to put F&M up 2-1 before Messiah answered with score at 19:46. The Diplomats countered with a 4-0 run to finish the half and went into the break with a 6-2 lead.
Jorgenson assisted Lauren Selawski to start the run and Caroline Krohn struck on a free position shot at 13:43 to make it 4-2. Mary Mitchell got one through with just under four minutes to play and Everdell found Shields at 1:03 for the final score of the run.
Hoffman had two saves and improved to 4-1 and Taylor Phillips took the loss with eight saves.
The Diplomats outshot Messiah 26-11 and went 16-for-19 in clears.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Muhlenberg for the conference opener at 1:00 p.m. before hosting No. 2 Salisbury on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.