Diplomats Comeback Bid Falls Short

Diplomats Comeback Bid Falls Short

Box Score

CARLISE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall closed out the game with five unanswered goals, but ran out of time, and fell a goal short to Dickinson, 17-16, in the Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinals Wednesday evening. The Diplomats dropped to 12-4, while the Red Devils improved to 14-3 and will play Gettysburg in the CC Championship on Saturday. 

Trailing 17-11 with 11:42 left to play, F&M put together a late fourth-quarter surge. Kevin Mollihan netted two straight to start the run and Luke Keating brought F&M within three, 17-14, with 3:03 left to play. Read Zeigler struck at 2:09 and Jarrett Donaghy made it a one-goal game with 35 ticks on the clock. F&M won the ensuing faceoff and fired off a shot with eight seconds left, but the shot was blocked and Dickinson was able to run out the clock.

The Diplomats controlled the game early and took a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter. After a goal by Dickinson, F&M struck twice to make it 6-1. The Red Devils answered with a 3-0 spurt and came within two, 6-4, early in the second quarter.

F&M quickly responded with a pair for an 8-4 lead, with 10:19 left in the second. Then Dickinson hit another gear. The Red Devils went on an 11-1 run over the next 15 minutes and took a 16-9 lead with a little less than four minutes left in the third. F&M netted two straight to come within five, 16-11, early in the fourth and Dickinson responded a minute later which set up F&M's late run.

Luke Keating paced the offense with five goals, while Sean Rogers and Kevin Mollihan had two scores and an assist each. George Briggs scored once and handed out three assists, while Jarrett Donaghy and Read Ziegler both ended with a goal and an assist. A.J. Rigsby and Harry Rice both scored once for F&M.

Tommy O'Connor caused four turnovers and had three ground balls to lead the defense and Erich Della Volpe caused three turnovers for the Diplomats.

F&M led in shots 49-34, but the Red Devils held a 32-23 edge in ground balls and won 25-for-37 faceoffs.