CORTLAND, N.Y. – No. 9 Franklin & Marshall scored six unanswered goals to erase an 8-3 deficit and defeat No. 15 Cortland State 9-8 in overtime Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse action. F&M improved to 3-2 while the Red Dragon suffered their first loss and fell to 2-1.
F&M trailed 8-3 with 6:47 left to play before hitting another gear. Jane Cote struck at 5:55 to jump-start a 6-0 run and Katie Groenke scored at 4:48 to make it 8-5. Caroline Kolva brought F&M within two, 8-6, before Cote handed out assists to Hannah Serling and Megan Jackson in the final two minutes to tie the game and send it into extra frames. Jackson's goal came with just 18 ticks on the clock.
The first three minutes of overtime saw just two shots by F&M, but both were saved by the Dragons. After a turnover by Cortland in the second half of overtime, F&M came away with the ball and called a timeout with 2:46 remaining. Eighteen seconds later Paige Moriarty buried a pass from Cote for the game-winner.
The Diplomats took an early lead 20 seconds into the game, but Cortland netted two straight to go up 2-1. F&M tied the game a few minutes later and the Red Dragons quickly regained the lead at 12:25. Maddie Hughes finished off a pass from Caroline Kolva at 2:35 to tie the game at 3-3. The Red Dragons answered with a 4-0 run that spanned into the second half for an 8-3 lead, which set up F&M's late game-winning run.
Jane Cote finished with one goal and three assists, Megan Jackson had three goals while Caroline Kolva and Paige Moriarty both ended with a goal and an assist each. Maddie Hughes and Hannah Serling each scored once for the Diplomats.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday when F&M travels to Los Angeles for a double-header. F&M faces St. Mary's at 2:00 p.m., before taking on the host Occidental at 7:00 p.m.