READING, Pa. – Six different players recorded goals as the No. 6 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team continued to roll, defeating Alvernia by a 7-2 score on the road Monday evening in non-conference action. The Diplomats remained unbeaten on the year at 3-0, while the Crusaders fell to 2-1.
With the win, head coach Melissa Mariano now holds an impressive 99-37 career record and is just one victory shy of becoming the first in program history to reach 100. Currently in her eighth season at the helm, she became F&M field hockey's all-time wins leader in 2013.
Lauren Eastman struck first for the Diplomats in the ninth minute of the first half, taking a pass from fellow senior Maria Guarisco and finding the back of the cage for the 1-0 score. Alvernia needed just two minutes to answer, tying the game with a solo tally from Margaret Wentzel.
F&M's powerful offense took control from there, when unassisted goals by Guarisco (18th minute) and Sarah Powell (28th minute) sent the Diplomats into the break ahead by a pair of scores at 3-1.
Guarisco took a pass from Sydney Cole in the 43rd minute to once again light the scoreboard for the Diplomats; marking the second time in three games the All-American forward scored multiple goals in a contest. Cole followed with a score of her own just six minutes later, putting F&M ahead 5-1 off a feed from Anne Horsley.
An Alvernia penalty stroke goal in the 57th minute cut the deficit to three, however an unassisted tally from Mary Kate Meedzan in the 60th minute and a Melanie Consiglio score in the 67th minute, delivered the Diplomats a prevailing five-goal win.
Shots were in F&M's favor at 22-6 and corners at 13-5. Guarisco led the way with six shots, followed by Eastman with four. Goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick (3-0) stopped four attempts to earn the win, while the Crusaders' Rebecca Brosious picked up nine saves in a hard-fought effort.
The Diplomats return to the field on Saturday, hosting No. 17 Mary Washington at 1:00 p.m.