No. 8 Diplomats Upset No. 2 Cortland

No. 8 Diplomats Upset No. 2 Cortland

LANCASTER, Pa. — Paige Moriarty scored six goals and handed out three assists to lead No. 8 Franklin & Marshall to a 12-2 victory over No. 2 Cortland State in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 2-1 while the Red Dragons fell to 2-1. 

F&M dominated in the first half jumping out to a 5-0 lead. Gabby Frank put the Diplomats on the board first with a goal six minutes into the game. Paige Moriarty found Natalie Delinsky at 17:55 to make it 2-0. The assist was the 200th point for Moriarty, making her the fastest player in program history to reach that milestone. Frank struck again at 8:10 for a 3-0 F&M lead before Moriarty ended the half with a score at .5 on the clock to make it 5-0 at the break.

Moriarty buried a feed from Frank a minute into the second half to put F&M up 6-0, before Cortland put its first point on the board at 28:33. The Diplomats answered with three straight and took a 9-1 lead at 26:50. Groenke netted two straight off a feed from Moriarty and on a free potion before Moriarty struck on a free position at 16:12. Cortland put its final point on the board at 12:56 and the Diplomats closed out the game with three unanswered from Moriarty. 

Moriarty tallied a season-high six goals, including the final three of the game, and added three assists. Groenke netted three goals and one assist, while Frank notched two goals and an assist.

Yen Baker led the defense with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Melissa Judge garnered five of the Diplomats' eight draw controls on the afternoon.

Danielle Harrington stood tall in goal, turning away eight shots. She added two caused turnovers and three ground balls and improved to 2-1. Jacklyn Beshlian took the loss with eight stops and dropped to 2-1.  

F&M held a 28-14 edge in shots, led 15-12 in ground balls and went 11-for-14 on clear attempts. 

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M takes on Fredonia State at 9:00 a.m. and Western Connecticut at 2:30 p.m in Florida.