GLASSBORO, N.J. – Clare Wirth's tally in the 68th minute proved to be the game-winning score as the No. 6 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team edged No. 20 Rowan by a 5-4 score on Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats improved to 2-0 with the win, while the Owls dropped to 0-2.
Knotted at 4-4 with just over a minute left to go in regulation, Tamara Mills sent a shot on cage that was initially saved by the Rowan 'keeper, but deflected out to Wirth, who knocked in the rebound goal.
Rowan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening half, before Maria Guarisco answered with a pair of scores in the final five minutes of the first to send the Diplomats into halftime with a 2-2 tie.
Wirth gave F&M its first lead of the game in the 48th minute, settling a pass from Anne Horsley across the front of the cage and scoring on a one-timer. Following an Owls' goal in the 50th minute to even the score, Audrey Buckman collected a loose ball in front of the cage and tipped it in, once again handing the Diplomats the advantage at 4-3.
The back-and-forth scoring continued with another tying goal in the 63rd minute of play, before Wirth's tally just five minutes later capped the action.
Ashley Gubernick (2-0) was awarded the win after stopping five shots in 70 minutes of play, while her counterpart Carly Demarco (0-2) was dealt the loss despite 15 saves.
The shot count belonged to F&M at 19-7, including a dominating 13-2 margin in the second half. Penalty corners were also in the Diplomats' favor at 13-11. Guarisco led the way with six shots and now has four goals and five points through the first two games of 2015. Wirth fired off three shots on the afternoon, followed by two apiece from Bridget Falcone and Sydney Cole.
F&M continues its season on Monday, traveling to Alvernia for a 7:00 p.m. contest.