CARLISLE, Pa. – Three goals in a span of three minutes in the opening half that included a record-breaking tally from Ben Beaver, gave the Franklin & Marshall men's soccer team a 3-0 win over Dickinson on Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory moved the Diplomats to 16-3-2 on the year and propelled F&M into the round of 16 for the first time in program history, while the Red Devils ended their season at 15-6-1.
The Diplomats will take on Rose Hulman in the sectionals on Saturday. Game time and the location of the contest will be decided this week. Only four teams remain in F&M's bracket, with Kenyon and Messiah set to square off in the other game.
After a slow start in the first that saw neither team control possession, the Diplomats caught fire beginning with a Devon Malfitano score in the 19th. Chris Scott sent an opportunity in the box and after a scramble in front, Malfitano found the ball in traffic and placed a shot to the right side of the net to give the Diplomats a 1-0 lead.
F&M was on the attack again just seconds later when Pawlush nearly found the back of the net with an opportunity that hit the top of the crossbar. The ball deflected back into play where Beaver was waiting to net his 13th of the season, and 45th of his career.
The senior forward passed Scott Runyan '01 atop the program's all-time career scoring list.
The offense wasn't done. One minute and 30 seconds after going ahead 2-0, the Diplomats tacked on once again when a Chris Scott corner found Chase TenBrook in the box where the sophomore midfielder sent it home for the three-goal advantage.
F&M's defense was solid throughout the final 45 minutes of the second half, holding Dickinson to just one shot on goal in the final frame.
T.J. White (14-3) was brilliant between the pipes, registering five stops on the day including a diving save with just five minutes remaining on the clock to preserve the shutout.
The Red Devils led in shots at 16-13, while the Diplomats landed five shots on goal compared to only one from Dickinson. The Red Devils held the edge on corners at 10-7.
F&M has now taken down Dickinson three times on the season, including a 4-0 win on Oct. 26 and a 2-1 2OT victory in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship on Nov. 10.