Diplomats Handle No. 15 Mary Washington; Mariano Reaches 100

Diplomats Handle No. 15 Mary Washington; Mariano Reaches 100

LANCASTER, Pa. – A pair of second-half goals lifted the No. 6 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team to a key 2-0 non-conference win over No.15 Mary Washington on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Diplomats improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year, while the Eagles fell to 4-1. 

With the win, head coach Melissa Mariano now holds an impressive 100-37 career record, becoming the first in program history to reach 100 victories. Currently in her eighth season at the helm, she became F&M field hockey's all-time wins leader in 2013. Only six other coaches in the history of the Centennial Conference (CC) have reached the historic milestone. 

Dominating possession in the offensive zone to start the first half, F&M looked in control early on, causing a multitude of turnovers before Mary Washington could clear its zone. However, F&M struggled to break the Eagles' defense through the first 35 minutes and went into the break knotted at 0-0. 

Clare Wirth finally got the scoring underway in the 53rd minute of the second, when a corner was sent in at the top of the circle and found the stick of Sarah Schannauer on the right side, who slid it over to Wirth. The senior defender made the most of the opportunity and sent a deflection into the back of the cage for her fourth score of the early season. 

Maria Guarisco cemented the win in the 63rd minute, splitting a pair of defenders with a slick spin move at the top left of the circle, dribbling in a few steps and firing off a reverse shot that made its way into the bottom right of the goal for the 2-0 final score.

F&M goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick (4-0) performed well, despite facing limited scoring chances, stopping the only shot she faced on the day for her first-career shutout. The Eagles' Jessica Cavolt (1-1) picked up three saves and was charged with the loss. 

Shots heavily favored the Diplomats at 13-4, as well as penalty corners at 12-6. Guarisco led the attack with six shots, followed by two each from Anne Horsley and Sydney Cole.

Action continues for F&M on Tuesday, when the Diplomats welcome York to Tylus for a 7:00 p.m. contest.