Messiah Downs No. 6 Diplomats

Messiah Downs No. 6 Diplomats

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 6 field hockey team suffered a 3-1 setback against Messiah on Wednesday evening on in non-conference competition. The loss dropped the Diplomats to 5-2 on the year, while the Falcons improved to 3-4.

Messiah led the entire contest, getting on the board near the end of the first half with a breakaway goal down the left side to go ahead 1-0 in the 23rd minute. F&M came out of the break with four penalty corners in the opening five minutes, but was unable to capitalize. 

The momentum went back on the Falcon's side in the 46th minute when Messiah took advantage of its own corner opportunity, sending in a deflection underneath from the top of the circle to pull ahead by two. 

Just nine minutes later, the Diplomats narrowed the deficit to one when a Sarah Powell cross in front of the cage found the stick of Sydney Cole for her second tally of the season, making the score 2-1. 

However, Messiah put F&M's comeback bid to rest in the 61st, scoring off of its second penalty corner of the half en route to the two-goal victory. 

Goalkeeper Ilianna Santangelo (1-1) was dealt the loss after making two saves through 70 minutes, while the Falcons' Shelby Landes (3-4) stopped four shots for the win. 

The shot count was in F&M's favor by a 9-7 margin, as well as penalty corners at 7-2. Lauren Eastman and Cole led the way with three shots each, while Maria Guarisco, Anne Horsley and Audrey Buckman were each credited with one. 

The Diplomats return to the field on Saturday, traveling to No. 7 Ursinus for a noon competition.