LANCASTER, Pa. – A dominant fourth quarter paced the No. 10 Franklin & Marshall men's lacrosse team in an 11-8 victory over Elizabethtown on Wednesday afternoon in the NCAA Second Round.
The Tournament win was the first for the Diplomats since 2003 as F&M improved to 16-2 and will face off against No. 9 Cabrini in the Third Round on Saturday at Tylus Field. The Blue Jays' season came to an end with a 14-4 record.
Game time for Saturday's Third-Round will be decided tomorrow afternoon and will be available on GoDiplomats.com.
Sean Rogers opened the scoring with an unassisted tally just 20 seconds into the first quarter. Elizabethtown was quick to respond, knotting the contest at 13:58, before following with another goal at 10:46 to pull ahead 2-1. The Blue Jays continued their early run at 5:48 with a solo tally that put Elizabethtown ahead by two, but Rogers stuck again unassisted three minutes later, to cut the deficit to one.
Anthony Dougherty found Mike Rama with 44 seconds to go in the period to tie the game at 3-3. However, Elizabethtown found the back of the net with just 10 seconds remaining in the quarter to head into the second with a one-goal edge.
The Blue Jays continued their momentum into the next quarter, pulling ahead by two at 12:08 remaining with an unassisted marker. Each team traded scores to make it 6-4 before F&M followed with three straight to head into the break with a one-goal advantage. Rama tallied two consecutive to start the run before Drew DeBacco took a feed from Rama with 12 seconds left on the clock and found the back of the net.
Action was dominated by Elizabethtown in the third quarter as the Blue Jays registered the only two scores of the frame, one at 11:11 and an up-score at 1:32, to head into the fourth with an 8-7 lead.
In the fourth, F&M goalkeeper Scott Hatch kept it close early on with a clutch point-blank save five minutes into action. The Diplomats took control from there, following with four straight unassisted tallies to take the commanding 11-8 lead. Jarrett Donaghy (9:05), Harry Rice (6:56), George Briggs (6:19) and Ellis Llewellyn (5:20) all tallied markers in the run.
Rama paced the Diplomat offense with three goals and an assist while Rogers scored two. Shots belonged to F&M at 37-28 while the defense caused 17 turnovers, compared to 10 from Elizabethtown. Dougherty caused five of those turnovers, while Read Ziegler was credited with four. Dougherty had six ground balls, with Christopher Casey and Dougherty notching four each.
Hatch stopped a number of key second-half opportunities, finishing with seven saves on the day to improve to 16-2 on the year while Tom Mahoney (10-2) suffered the loss despite a 10-save effort.