Diplomats Fall to Messiah

Diplomats Fall to Messiah

Box Score

GRANTHAM, Pa. – No. 10 Messiah defeat No. 4 Franklin & Marshall 17-11 in non-conference women's lacrosse action Tuesday evening. The Diplomats dropped to 9-3 while the Falcons improved to 9-2 this season. 

F&M took an early 1-0 lead when Gabby Frank found Paige Moriarty 55 seconds into the game. Messiah answered with four straight and took the lead for good, 4-1, before Moriarty struck on a free position. Messiah went up 5-2 and the Diplomats answered with goals from Frank and Maddie Hughes to bring F&M within a goal, 5-4, with 16:41 left in the first. The Falcons went back up two, and after a Moriarty goal brought F&M with a score, Messiah closed out the half with two straight for an 8-5 advantage at the break.

The Falcons continued their run with three unanswered to start out the second and F&M matched with three of their own to make it 11-8. Natalie Delinsky started the run off a feed from Moriarty with Katie Groenke netting a score at 20:08. Moriarty finished off the spurt when she netted a pass from Delinsky.

Messiah netted three more and went ahead 14-8 at 11:47 and Hughes along with Caroline Kolva scored for F&M to bring the Diplomats within four, 14-10, with 8:03 left to play. Another three-goal run by the Falcons put the game out of reach and Grace Norley put the last point on the board when she scored with under a minute left in the game.

Vanessa Budd paced the defense with four caused turnovers and two ground balls. Hughes caused two turnovers and came away with three draws. Melissa Judge ended the game with four draws.

Danielle Harrington took the loss with six stops and dropped to 9-3 while Alexa Dipespo picked up the win with six saves.

Messiah had a 35-27 edge in shots and a slight 19-18 advantage in ground balls, while the Diplomats won 18-of-30 draws.

The Diplomats return to action on Thursday when F&M travels to No. 17 Catholic for a 7:00 p.m. game.