Diplomats Fall in CC Semifinal

Diplomats Fall in CC Semifinal

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. — No. 14 Ursinus closed out the game with three unanswered goals to defeat No. 13 Franklin & Marshall 12-11 in the semifinal of the 2019 Centennial Conference (CC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament Wednesday evening. The Bears improved to 12-3 and will face Gettysburg in the Championship game on Saturday, while the Diplomats fell to 12-5. 

F&M took an early 2-0 lead with goals by Kevin Mollihan and A.J. Rigsby. The Bears went on the board at 8:45 and Mollihan struck off George Briggs' second assist of the game to make it a 3-1 score at 6:11. The Bears again came within a point, but the Diplomats answered with a 3-0 run that went midway into the second quarter. Ursinus countered with two straight to come within two, 6-4, at the break, 

The Bears increased their run to four straight and tied the game at 6-6 at 10:35 in the third. Luke Keating and Mollihan netted back-to-back goals to give F&M an 8-6 edge, but the Bears answered again with a three-goal spurt and took their first lead of the game, 9-8, 55 seconds into the fourth.

F&M retook the lead off a three-goal run, with a tally from Mollihan and two from A.J. Rigsby, for an 11-9 advantage with 8:28 left to play. The Bears came within a goal at 4:29 and netted the equalizer with just 58 ticks on the clock. Ursinus won the ensuing face-off and struck 37 seconds later for the game-winner.

Kevin Mollihan led the offense with five goals, and reset the program for goals in a season. A.J. Rigsby had four scores and Luke Keating netted two. George Briggs handed out two assists.

Tommy O'Connor caused six turnovers to go along with four ground balls, while Jarrett Donaghy and Doug Mongiardo caused two each. Luke Mutterer fell to 8-2 in the net with 10 stops. 

F&M led in shots 46-35, while the Bears held a 33-25 edge in ground balls and dominated from the X at 21-of-26.

The Diplomats will have to wait until the NCAA selection show (NCAA.com) on Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. to see if they can receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.