Diplomats Cruise Past Rhodes

Diplomats Cruise Past Rhodes

LANCASTER, Pa. - Megan Kelly and Katie Cecere each notched a pair of scores to lift the No. 5 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team to a 5-0 trouncing of visiting Rhodes on Monday at Tylus Field. The Diplomats (13-1) have now reeled off a school-record 13 straight victories, while the Lynx fall to 8-4.

The two sides went back-and-forth early on, but Kelly's first score in the 20th minute turned the momentum in F&M's favor. The sophomore defender tipped in a shot near the goal line off a dish from Kristen Zublin to put F&M up 1-0.

Zublin tallied a goal of her own less than a minute later. The senior knocked home a loose ball in the middle of the circle for her team-leading 13th score of the season.

F&M continued to put pressure on the Rhodes defense in the second stanza, notching three additional scores for the 5-0 final. Kelly registered another close-range goal off an assist from Rachel Cooke in the 43rd minute to make it 3-0, before Cecere capped off the Diplomat scoring with two goals in a span of five minutes. Cecere one-timed a feed from Maura Hennigan to push F&M out to a four-goal edge in the 53rd minute, and deflected a hard-hit shot from Steph McDonald to close out the scoring in the 58th minute.

Goalkeepers Avery Koep and Allie Morey combined for the shutout win for F&M, with Koep totaling two saves 63:53 of action before Morey took over in the closing minutes.

Lynx goalkeeper Jordan Robinson registered six saves in the loss.

F&M returns to CC action at home on Saturday against Washington College at 12:00 p.m.

 Rhodes (8-4) vs. #5 F&M (13-1)

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Rhodes..............  0  0 -  0
 F&M.................  2  3 -  5
  1.  19:45 F&M Megan Kelly (2) (Kristen Zublin) - close range on right
  2.  20:43 F&M Kristen Zublin (13) (unassisted) - loose ball in circle
  3.  42:38 F&M Megan Kelly (3) (Rachel Cooke) - deflected from close range on right side
  4.  52:54 F&M Katie Cecere (7) (Maura Hennigan) - one-time off pass from right
  5.  57:39 F&M Katie Cecere (8) (Steph McDonald) - deflected off penalty corner

 Shots: Rhodes 8, F&M 17
 Saves: Rhodes 6 (Jordan Robinson 6), F&M 2 (Avery Koep 2)