Diplomats Down Bears

LANCASTER, Pa. – Grace Saliba scored three goals and assisted on another to lead No. 8 Franklin & Marshall to an 11-3 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse action Wednesday evening at Tylus Field. The win is the third straight for F&M as the Diplomats improved to 12-3, 6-0 CC while the Bears dropped to 7-6, 2-4 CC.

F&M took control early with two scores in the opening 14 minutes of action. Emily Everdell tallied the first and Kimberly Abruzzo found Siobhan Burke at 16:41 for the second score and a 2-0 F&M lead. Abruzzo put one through at 3:05 before Saliba netted an unassisted tally at 1:51 to put F&M up 4-0. The Bears answered 45 seconds later when Devin Barkel found the net to make it 4-1 at the break.

The Diplomats started the second with three unanswered scores and took a 7-1 advantage. Caroline Krohn buried a pass from Ali Kelly to get things started before Saliba picked up her second goal to give F&M a 6-1 lead at 24:54. Brittney Jorgenson made it 7-1, but the Bears answered with two straight to come within four, 7-3, with 13:34 left to play.

F&M countered and scored the last four points of the game to secure the win. Krohn started the run off with an unassisted goal at 12:54 and Saliba finished off a pass from Burke 1:30 later to put the Diplomats up 9-3. Saliba picked up her fourth point with an assist to Mary Mitchell at 9:19 and Claire Jackson put the last ball through the net at 4:48.

Krohn finished with two goals while Abruzzo, Burke, Everdell, Jorgenson, Mitchell and Jackson each struck once.

Kelsey Hoffman improved to 10-3 with seven saves and Margaret Philbin took the loss with nine stops on the evening and dropped to 6-6.

F&M outshot Ursinus 32-14 and went 20-for-23 in clear attempts.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Haverford at 1:00 p.m.