ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Becky Willert recorded two first-half goals and Allison McLaren added another shortly after halftime as the 2nd-ranked Franklin & Marshall field hockey team took down Muhlenberg, 3-1, in Centennial Conference (CC) action on a windy Saturday afternoon in Allentown. The Diplomats remain perfect in CC play and move to 12-1 (7-0 CC) with the victory, while the Mules fall for the third straight time and are now 4-9 (2-5 CC).
F&M bounced back nicely in its first action since being handed its first loss of the year on Tuesday to No. 4 Lynchburg. Willert started the scoring in the 10th minute by finishing a rebound off a saved shot, before making it 2-0 F&M in the 26th minute with another second-chance score off a loosed ball near goal. The senior forward now has 21 goals on the year and 40 for her career, moving her into a third-place tie for the single-season goal-scoring mark and sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list.
Muhlenberg answered back just before halftime to pull within one of the Diplomats. Devon Barber put the Mules on the board with a lofted shot from the left side that went over F&M goalkeeper Avery Koep and into the cage to make it 2-1 at the intermission.
The Diplomats responded shortly after the half as McLaren registered her seventh score of the year in the 44th minute. Maura Hennigan rifled a shot from outside the left edge of the circle that McLaren deflected up and over Muhlenberg goalkeeper Kristen Dornenburg to make it a 3-1 F&M cushion.
Koep managed two saves on the afternoon to pick up the win in the cage for F&M, while Dornenburg totaled 12 saves for the Mules in the loss.
The 2nd-ranked Diplomats return home on Wednesday, Oct. 19 to host Lebanon Valley at 7:00 pm in non-conference action.
#2 Franklin & Marshall 12-1 (7-0 CC) vs. Muhlenberg 4-9 (2-5 CC)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Franklin & Marshall. 2 1 - 3
Muhlenberg.......... 1 0 - 1
1. 9:53 F&M Becky Willert (20) (unassisted) - rebound of saved shot
2. 25:23 F&M Becky Willert (21) (unassisted) - rebound shot high
3. 33:52 MUHL Devon Barber (4) (unassisted) - lofted over GK from left side
4. 43:32 F&M Allison McLaren (7) (Maura Hennigan) - deflected in circle over head of GK
Shots: Franklin & Marshall 23, Muhlenberg 7
Saves: Franklin & Marshall 2 (Avery Koep 2), Muhlenberg 12 (Kristen Dornenburg 12)